World-class national and international jazz artists have confirmed their participation in the north coast’s most important jazz celebration.
The event is organized by the Ministry of Tourism and by the DR Jazz Festival Educational Foundation (FEDUJAZZ).
According to the program The Big Band, from Santo Domingo’s Conservatory, will perform on November 6, as well as Colin Hunter, with Joe Sealy’s Quartet of Canada and Pat Pereyra’s band, from the Dominican Republic, under the musical direction of Rafelito Mirabal and Guy Frometa, will perform with Alex Jacquemin of France as a special guest.
On November 7, at the Casa Marina Beach & Reef Hotel, in the beachfront town of Sosua, the following groups are scheduled to perform: Benny Martinez (Dominican Republic), the Ignacio Berroa Group (Cuba), Giovanni Hidalgo (Puerto Rico), and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (the U.S.) with Joe Lovano as a special guest.
On November 8 the event moves to Cabarete Beach, the windsurfing capital of the Caribbean, featuring the following performers: Edgar Molina (Dominican Republic) and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Joe Lovano Quartet’s (the U.S.).
That same day, beginning at noon, there will be a jam-session concert featuring young Dominican and American jazz musicians.
Finally, on November 9, also in Cabarete, the Festival will feature: the Ramon Vazquez Trio, with Edmar Colon and Danny Diaz (Puerto Rico). Dominican jazz great “El Prodigio” will be the event’s special guest.
The Dominican group “La Familia Andre” will close the festival with their special blend of Dominican and international rhythms.
The DR Jazz Festival is sponsored by Ron Macorix, Jet Blue, Sea Horse Ranch, Millennium Hotel, Ultravioleta and Casa Linda, among others.
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The quality of its golf courses placed the Dominican Republic on the list as the number one golf destination in the Caribbean.
The publication states that although the Dominican Republic may not sound like a golf mecca, the country is home to the world-famous Casa de Campo and Punta Cana resorts home to some of the finest golf courses in the Caribbean.
Most of the country’s 26 golf courses have been designed by internationally renowned designers and golf professionals such as Pete Dye, PB Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Gary Player, Tom Fazio, Nick Faldo, Nick Price and Greg Norman. More golf courses are currently being built.
The Teeth of the Dog golf course, situated in the Casa de Campo resort, is perhaps one of the country’s most famous courses.
This particular golf appears is currently 50th on the list of the world’s Top 100 courses.
In 2011 it hosted the Dominican Golf Open (DR Open), organized by the Dominican Golf Federation, and international tournaments.
Casa de Campo has been selected on four separate occasions as the “Best Golf Resort in the Caribbean” by the World Travel Awards.
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Annapolis, Maryland—The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) wants to make it easy for individuals to enjoy the many exciting events and activities that will be taking place in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay throughout November 2014. To assist individuals who are making advance plans for business or vacation travel, the AAACCVB has put together a November 2014 Major Events Calendar. For a more comprehensive overview of events large and small, visit www.VisitAnnapolis.org .
November 2014 Major Events
U.S. Naval Academy Halloween/All Saints’ Day Concert
Friday-Saturday, October 31 – November 1
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval Academy Chapel, 101 Cooper Road, Annapolis
Ticket Office: 410-293-2439
Enjoy a spectacular evening of music, light, drama and dance. One of the most popular events on the “Yard”, the concert features U.S. Naval Academy Chapel organist Monte Maxwell and the multi-talented midshipmen in a presentation that has drawn record-breaking crowds to the USNA Chapel. The concert uses special effects and a wide variety of music from multiple genres to celebrate the triumph of good over evil.
Saturday, November 1
Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Historic London Town and Gardens, 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Join the residents of Anne Arundel County as they partake in the annual militia muster. Learn about colonial life and weaponry and maybe practice some drilling too as you watch re-enactors in action.
Maritime Republic of Eastport’s Tug o’ War
Saturday, November 8
Crack o’ noon
Eastport & Annapolis City Dock
Drawing on a decades’-old rivalry, the annual charitable event features the longest tug-of-war over a body of water in the world, pitting downtown Annapolitans against the rebels of the mock-breakaway Maritime Republic of Eastport. Dubbed the Slaughter across the Water, it features a 1700-foot rope, 450 tuggers and 1000 spectators. A festival-like atmosphere overtakes downtown Eastport and Annapolis beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tugging begins promptly (more or less) at the crack o’ noon.
23rd Annual Annapolis by Candlelight
Friday and Saturday, November 7-8
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Historic Homes in Downtown Annapolis
$30 general admission; $25 for members and volunteers
All tickets $35 after November 2
Take advantage of this once a year opportunity to peek inside some of the finest homes in Annapolis’ Historic District. Luminaries lead the way to centuries-old homes during a magical self-guided tour. This year’s houses are located on Maryland Avenue as well as King George, Prince George and East Streets. Tickets are available at the Historic Annapolis Museum at 99 Main Street or by calling 410-267-7619.
Across the Bay 10K
Sunday, November 9
Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Annapolis
Some 20,000 runners from across the country and around the world are expected to compete in the 6.2-mile inaugural race that includes a 4.3-mile trek across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, which reaches 186 feet at its highest point. The race should be an exhilarating experience for runners who will see water vistas dotted with sailboats from atop the major dual-span bridge that normally does not allow pedestrian traffic. The race marks the first organized crossing of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on foot in eight years. Race day also will include a kid’s race. The event will benefit several charities.
Navy vs. Georgia Southern
Saturday, November 15
U.S. Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis
Watch Navy face off against Georgia Southern at U.S. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Saturday, November 15
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Chesapeake Harbour Marina, 2030 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East, Annapolis, MD 21403
Annapolis’ premiere Striped Bass Fishing Tournament will benefit the Bowen Foundation for Autism and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Prizes include $100,000 for a striped bass that breaks the Maryland state record (67.8 lbs.), $10,000 for the first striped bass weighing more than 55 lbs. delivered to Chesapeake Harbour Marina, and several other prizes. Rocksgiving kicks off on Friday, November 14, with the captain’s happy hour from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friends of Patuxent Wildlife Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 15
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
National Wildlife Visitors Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Court, Laurel, MD
Shop for wild and not-so-wild, new and gently-used treasures. Decorated ostrich eggs, hand-made birdhouses, and nature-inspired quilts and pillows are just a sampling of what will be available from local crafters. The event will feature activities for children and adults, including live animal demonstrations, wildlife bingo, origami lessons and holiday story time.
Lights on the Bay
Mid-November-January 1, 2015
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. nightly, weather permitting
Sandy Point State Park
Don’t miss this spectacular drive-through holiday lights show beside the Chesapeake Bay. The event features more than 60 animated and stationary displays, including traditional Maryland-themed favorites, holiday, and children’s displays. Proceeds benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Holiday Festival of Trains & Toys
November 28-December 31
Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 West Pratt Street, Baltimore
Celebrate the holiday season at Baltimore’s largest holiday display of toy and model train layouts. Santa & Mrs. Claus arrive by locomotive to the Roundhouse at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 28. The event includes weekend train rides and weekend photo opportunities with Santa and Frosty the Snowman. All ages enjoy indoor train carousel rides and crafts at Santa’s workshop.
Saturday, November 29
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 2nd St, Annapolis, MD 21403
Celebrate the season with Annapolis Maritime Museum’s first annual Holiday Bazaar. The festive shopping experience will feature 24 local artisans offering one-of-a-kind gifts and works, including carved wildfowl plaques, whimsical water color creatures, hand-designed silk scarves, nautical lamps, sea glass pendants and a host of other unique items.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 29
Downtown Shops and Stores throughout Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay
This is your chance to show local business owners that you care by patronizing their businesses. In an age of global markets and capitalism, it’s far too easy for small businesses to struggle and fail, even if they have superior products and services. We have the power to turn this around. Small Business Saturday encourages people everywhere to change the world a little bit by shopping at small businesses on this designated day – and to make a habit of it in the future.
Grand Illumination—City Tree Lighting
Sunday, November 30
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Market Space at the Market House
Join all of Annapolis at Market House’s Hopkins Plaza as we kick off the downtown holiday season! Watch Santa arrive in town. Sponsored by the Annapolis Jaycees, this popular Annapolis event helps everyone get into the holiday spirit.
For high resolution images of many of the events listed above, visit the AAACCVB photo gallery or contact Susan Steckman. For timely media updates from the AAACCVB, “like” Visit Annapolis Media Resources on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.
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HONOLULU – With the penultimate event of the Samsung Galaxy ASP World Championship Tour wrapping up yesterday in Portugal, Hawaii now becomes the focus of the surfing world. The ASP men’s and women’s world titles will soon be decided here, but before then two totally different battles will heat up, starting next week at Sunset Beach with the HIC PRO, the Official Qualifier for the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing:
The final hunt for critical ASP World Qualifying Series ratings points will aid aspiring hopefuls in their bid to qualify for the World Championship Tour.
The opportunity for Hawaii’s pro surfers to secure a slot that in the VTCS and prove themselves on the world stage.
The North Shore of Oahu has enjoyed a series of exciting early ‘winter’ swells in recent weeks, which bodes well for the HIC Pro!
Photo credit: La Serena Media
The HIC Pro – October 27 through November 10 – is a 4-star rated event that features a field of 112 surfers and offers a total prize purse of $85,000. More than 50 per cent of the field is comprised of Hawaii surfers (58), as well as athletes from Australia (16), USA Mainland (24), Japan (6), Tahiti (2), France (1) and South America (1), plus 4 wild cards.
The HIC Pro is also an important time for surfers to fine-tune equipment and performances ahead of the famed Hawaiian winter surf season. North Shore’s own Fred Patacchia is the #1 seed for the event, returning home from Portugal in time to begin his winter campaign.
Beyond Patacchia, look for a truly inspired young field of aspirants who are climbing the ranks with an eye on becoming part of Hawaii’s “new order” of professionals. Among them: Kaito Kino (20); Kaulana Apo (16); Kalani David (16); and Kaimana Jaquias (21). Of course, Sunset wouldn’t be Sunset without a handful of seasoned competitors. Among them look for Joel Centeio (31); Evan Valiere (30); Jamie O’Brien (31); Fred Patacchia (32); and Pancho Sullivan (41).
About HIC – Hawaiian Island Creations:
Hawaii’s biggest and best selection of surf gear – since 1971 HIC has provided Hawaii with quality surfboards, skateboards, clothing and accessories – by surfers, for surfers. Locally owned and operated, the HIC retail chain includes thirteen stores across Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, plus two in Japan. Through a commitment to quality, service and aloha spirit, the brand has built a reputation as an icon of Hawaiian surfing recognized throughout the world. Enjoy the ride!
Official HIC PRO event gear: Available at www.hicsurf.com/
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear and apparel brand. Vans collections include authentic footwear, apparel, accessories and snowboard boots that are sold globally in more than 170 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. VF Outdoor, Inc. owns and operates more than 415 stores of the Vans brand in the United States and internationally, each offering a range of Vans footwear and apparel while communicating the brand’s rich heritage. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of musicians, artists and athletes on boards and bikes all over the globe and through progressive events such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans Downtown Showdown, the Vans Pool Party, the Vans Warped Tour® and surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Vans US Open of Surfing.
Vans, “Off the Wall” Since ’66
Intimate island oasis in sultry Saint Lucia offers exclusive package featuring 7-night accommodations in a charming Waters Edge Cottage and heartwarming amenities that include a luxurious couples massage, a beach-side candlelit dinner and more. Book by December 31, 2014 for travel between January 3 – April 13, 2015.
St. Lucia, West Indies — Reconnect and refuel the flames after the hectic holiday season with the new winter romance package at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, an beachfront island oasis in sultry Saint Lucia.
The Carefree Romance Preferred Package includes:
* 7 night’s accommodations in a Water’s Edge Cottage right on the beach.
* Relaxing, side-by-side couple’s massage at the resort’s Ti-Spa.
* Romantic beach-side candlelit dinner for two, with soothing waves providing the soundtrack.
* Room set up with flowers, champagne & chocolate.
* Welcome fruit & wine in room upon arrival.and Calabash Cove’s Carefree All-Inclusive dining plan throughout your stay.
* Roundtrip Luxury Transfers to/from Hewanorra airport
Nestled on a lush, tropical hillside sloping gently toward the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Calabash Cove radiates romance with stunning ocean vistas, exquisite ambiance, and an exceptional staff that anticipates every need and desire so guests can truly focus on each other. The boutique resort’s secluded white sand beach and a custom-designed boardwalk are perfect for a candlelit dinner or romantic sunset stroll. Calabash Cove also features an infinity-edge designer pool and swim-up bar, and the full-service Ti Spa, combining European technique with Saint Lucia’s rich tradition of plant- and fruit-based curatives to relax and rejuvenate body and mind.
Calabash Cove’s Waters Edge Cottages, handcrafted teak and mahogany hideaways just steps from the warm Caribbean water, feature beautifully decorated living areas designed to capture the warm Caribbean breeze and luxurious amenities such as private plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and cozy patio hammocks. Your nightly backdrop is the dramatic view across the sparkling bay with its radiant Caribbean sunsets giving way to star-studded night skies and the twinkling lights of Castries, the island’s capital.
The resort is home to renowned Windsong Restaurant, with sweeping ocean vistas and seasonally inspired dishes made from the freshest local ingredients. Complementing Windsong’s elegant milieu is the convivial C-bar, which serves international cocktails and fine wines from the Calabash Cove Cellars amid festive island music. Calabash Cove’s Carefree All Inclusive dining plan is one of the best, most hassle-free in the Caribbean, covering three meals a day at Windsong with absolutely no restrictions on food items on the menu, an all-day beach club menu, and room service at no extra charge. It also includes all beverages–including premium brand liquor and fine wines by the bottle during meal times-and an in-room bar with full-size bottles of liquor of the guests’ choice.
Calabash Cove’s concierge service offers numerous recreational excursions to discover Saint Lucia together. Hike to the summit of its landmark Pitons, side-by-side volcanic summits that are designated a World Heritage Site. Snorkel or sail the Caribbean’s translucent blue, soak in natural hot springs and mineral baths, cool off under a tropical waterfall, soar through a lush, rainforest canopy on a zip-line or aerial tram, stroll hand-in-hand through a quaint fishing village, view exotic wildlife like giant turtles, search for ancient petroglyphs, explore the world’s only drive-in volcano … the list goes on and on with activities to suit every desire.
The Carefree Romance Preferred Package is priced at $8,000 USD per couple, — a 10% savings off standard rates. It must be booked by December 31, 2014 for travel between January 3 – April 13, 2015. This promotion is available on new bookings only using Promo Code: Winter Love.
For more information, call 1-800-917-COVE (2683), contact your preferred travel agent or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten (October 21, 2014) The team at The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta are very pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2015 Regatta, taking place March 5 – 8. You can enter the race via the link below at Regatta Guru;
The Notice of Race is available via the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta website at this link;
Photo by Bob Greiser / Outside Images
The team hopes to see lots of return entries as well as new ones this year, all coming to celebrate the event’s 35th year. In order to celebrate this milestone year, there will be some new features this coming season so watch this space for more information!
St.Maarten Heineken Regatta
For over three decades, the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta has showcased the top boats and sailing-and has become equally famous for its world-class slate of parties and musical entertainment-in the Caribbean. Now recognized by sailors around the planet as one of the sailing world’s best regattas, each year the event lives up to its worthy motto: Serious Fun.
For full information on the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including results, photos, videos, party and band information, and much, much more, visit www.heinekenregatta.com.
35th St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, March 5 – 8, 2015.
- Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place becomes state’s fourth Wyndham Grand hotel -
PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today expanded the footprint of its upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand in Florida with the opening of the newly constructed, 179-room Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, the brand’s fourth Wyndham Grand® property in the state.
The full-service, waterfront hotel in Jupiter features a rooftop pool, 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, award-winning dining at the country’s second deep blu seafood grille and contemporary, elegant décor throughout.
Owned by Harbourside Place, LLC, and managed by Wyndham Hotel Group’s management company, Wyndham Grand Jupiter is situated in Harbourside Place, a new commerce and entertainment development that is near the area’s beaches, major businesses and 17 miles from Palm Beach International Airport.
The opening furthers the Hotel Group’s efforts to expand its namesake Wyndham® brand, as well as the brand’s ensemble of distinguished Wyndham Grand® hotels and resorts, in strategic business and leisure markets in the United States. This announcement is made on the heels of last month’s opening of the landmark Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Since 2013, the brand portfolio has added key properties in top travel markets including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago and Charleston, S.C., as well as Anaheim, San Diego and Santa Monica in California.
“With its renowned vacation destinations and the steady growth of inbound business travel, Florida has always played a key role in our expansion plans,” said Bob Loewen, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Wyndham Hotel Group. “The exciting addition of Wyndham Grand Jupiter marks the 14th Wyndham location in Florida, exemplifying the continuous growth of our flagship brand and the strength of the portfolio here. This new hotel will provide guests, local businesses and the Jupiter community with Wyndham Grand’s distinctive, one-of-a-kind experiences, attentive service and first-class amenities.”
Wyndham Grand Jupiter’s 15,000 square feet of contemporary, customizable indoor and outdoor event space can accommodate 50 to 350 guests and is comprised of nine multi-function rooms, including the 5,000-square-foot Preserve Ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and direct access to the spacious outdoor Mangrove Deck. State-of-the-art audio visual equipment, tailored catering menus and on-site event planners are available.
Three on-site restaurants include the Pool Bar, the chic Lobby Lounge and deep blu seafood grille, the award-winning dining concept that originated at sister property Wyndham Grand Orland Resort Bonnet Creek and is scheduled to open by the end of 2014. Additional hotel amenities and services include a rooftop pool overlooking the water, a 24-hour business center, a fitness center, room service and same-day dry-cleaning service.
Each of the hotel’s 179 guest rooms features pillow-top bedding, high-speed wireless internet, a flat-screen LCD television and contemporary décor in shades of white, green and blue. Select rooms offer balconies overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
Guests staying at the hotel who are members of Wyndham Rewards® – the free-to-join guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and parent company Wyndham Hotel Group and the only hotel loyalty program to offer guaranteed rewards with just one qualified stay – can earn valuable points during their visits. Points may be redeemed for a wide variety of reward options including free hotel stays, air travel, gift cards for leading retailers and restaurants and more. Information is available at www.wyndhamrewards.com.
About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations at more than 170 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and China. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., or one of its affiliates. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting www.wyndham.com.
Wyndham Grand® properties are an ensemble of distinguished hotels within the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand that represent one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodations, attentive service and relaxed surroundings.
About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group, part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), is the world’s largest and most diverse hotel company with approximately 7,540 hotels and 650,200 rooms in 71 countries under the hotel brands: Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Ramada®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, TRYP by Wyndham®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. In addition, the company has a license agreement to franchise the Planet Hollywood Hotels brand and provide management services globally.
All hotels are independently owned and operated excluding certain hotels which are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group.
Wyndham Rewards®, the guest loyalty program of Wyndham Hotel Group, is the world’s largest lodging loyalty program as measured by number of participating hotels. It offers over 37 million members the chance to earn and redeem points for stays at over 7,000 hotels throughout more than 50 countries worldwide.
In addition to free stays, members may redeem their points for hundreds of reward options. For more information, visit www.wyndhamrewards.com .
Wyndham Hotel Group is based in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com . For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com . For Wyndham Hotel Group “@ a Glance,”
Italy – 7-night trip to Puglia (Saturday 25th – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £5,980 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights
Seven nights at Borgo Egnazia in Casetta Splendida, a 90-square meter, two-story villa
Private airport/hotel transfers
The Galapagos – 7-night trip (Friday 24th October – Saturday 1st November)
Price: from £3,850 per person (based on two adults and two children), includes:
International return flights on KLM
Four-night/full board cruise of the Eastern Islands on the M/V Santa Cruz in two Superior twin cabins with Darwin Elite services
Two-nights in Quito
Private airport/hotel transfers
Dinner and cookery class at Theatrum
Full day Quito city tour
Exsus also has several other half term late availability offers which are available on request, including:
USA – 5-night trip to San Diego for a family of four
Five nights for the price of four, on a bed & breakfast basis at the Hotel Del Coronado.
San Diego is a great family holiday destination. A family favourite of the Le Bons, there are a wealth of watersports for children to enjoy as well as kids camps. The added bonus of this destination are the direct international flights from Heathrow.
Kenya – Masai Mara
Three nights for the price of two at the luxury Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp.
Children will love camping in these luxury tents located in the exclusive, wildlife rich corner of the Masai Mara
Further information on late availability offers from Exsus.
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Research by holidaycottages.co.uk has also revealed that almost double the amount of British couples view a cottage as the perfect accommodation for a romantic couples’ holiday as opposed to a hotel (52.3 per cent opted for a cottage and 29.6 per cent choosing a hotel).
Plan the ultimate romantic getaway and stay in the aptly named, Forget-me-not on the Norfolk Coast. This property is located in the quiet town of Mundesley, and is just a five minute walk from a Blue Flag beach with miles of golden sand – ideal for a sunset stroll. The traditional seaside towns of Cromer and Sheringham are also nearby and perfect for enjoying fresh local seafood. Warm up after a day’s exploration by cosying up in front of the cottage’s open fire. Sleeping up to three guests, seven nights at Forget-me-not – Mundesley costs £333 from 31 October 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/norfolk.
Stay in the idyllic Dipple Dairy Cottage in the peaceful Bucks Mills in North Devon. The grade II listed barn is full of character, with exposed stonework and wooden beams, and situated within 27 acres of beautiful farmland – including resident ducks and chickens. Loved-up couples will enjoy the stunning Devonshire scenery, local sheltered coves and sandy beaches or walking along the rugged cliff tops. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Dipple Dairy Cottage costs £315 from 8 November 2014. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon.
For the perfect romantic rural retreat, head to Lane Barton Dream Cottage in Woolsery, North Devon. Complete with a king-size four poster bed and private hot tub, this property is ideal for that cosy winter getaway. Couples can wrap up warm and head outside to take in the beautiful sweeping views or head to the local country pub for a traditional pub lunch. Sleeping up to two guests, seven nights at Lane Barton Dream Cottage costs £315 from 15 January 2015. For more information or to book, visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk/devon .
To book a stay at any of the properties mentioned or for more information on other holiday cottage deals please visit www.holidaycottages.co.uk or call 01237 426 256.
Carefully selected for their fascinating history, attention to detail and gourmet food, Small Danish Hotels represent Danish hospitality and offer an excellent option for exploring Denmark’s regional cities and surrounding countryside.
Whether taking one of the popular Marguerite driving routes or a less beaten track to explore outside the capital, opting to stay in one of the many Small Danish Hotels along the way can add a whole other dimension to the concept of a town or city break.
Strand- & Badehotel Marienlyst and Elsinore Built in 1901 on a prime waterfront position as a part Marienlyst Castle’s wellness centre “Cuur- og Badeanstalt”, Strand- & Badehotel Marienlyst was extensively refurbished this year to reflect its former glory as one of RoyalNorth Sealand’s most popular beach hotels. With stunning panoramic sea views of the sound between Denmark and Sweden to be had throughout the property, the hotel is ideally situated for exploring the seafaring enclave ofElsinore with one of Europe’s best preserved historical town centres; impressive state of the art M/S Maritime Museum and cultural centre which have been respectively revitalised from the old dry dock and ship yard; world renowned UNESCO listed Kronborg Castle – the dramatic setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet; and Carmelite monastery and Sanct Mary’s Church, one of the best preserved medieval monasteries in northern Europe.
With a unique light, untouched wilderness and pristine beaches, far North Jutland has attracted visitors from over the centuries. At its tip, near to where the two seas meet, lies the picturesque fishing village of Skagen – a bohemian haven for artists in the late 19th century that still retains much of the character as depicted in their paintings. Joining the Small Danish Hotels group this year, Hotel Skibssmedien has been remodelled out of preservation-worthy workshops near to the old shipyard and offers a great central location for exploring the town by foot or bike. Within a few minutes walk to the popular harbourside
‘Fiskehuskajen’ where striking red wooden fish warehouses have been converted into a selection of excellent seafood restaurants, it is also an easy stroll to Skagen Museum with its superb collection of historic paintings, the local history museum Nordjyllands Kystmuseum and artists Michael and Anna Anchers House. Or for a longer walk or cycle, head to Skagen Odde Naturcenter to learn about the flora and fauna in the area, Den Tilsandede Kirke (the sand buried church) or Grenenwhere you can put a foot in each ocean at the same time.
Tylstrup Kro and Aalborg
Dating back to 1644 and one of the oldest royally licensed ‘Kro’ in Denmark,Tylstrup Inn has continued to charm its guests with its historic atmosphere, delicious locally sourced cuisine and over 350 years of exceptional inn-keeping. Situated in a small village surrounded by wilderness on the outskirts of Store Vildemose moor and just a short drive from Denmark’s 4th largest city, it makes the perfect countryside escape from which to discover the city’s sights. Suitably compact with quaint cobbled streets, boutique shops and a glistening redeveloped waterfront sporting a shimmering new House of Music, the architecturally famous Utzon Center and renovated power station and cultural centre Nordkraft overlooking the Limfjord, Aalborg offers an ideal blend of culture, cafes and retail therapy.
Straddling the banks of Denmark’s longest river Gudenåen, Silkeborg is at the centre of the Danish lakes with Hotel Dania at its heart. Built in 1848 after the establishment of the local paper mill, Hotel Dania’s popularity grew with the prosperity of the city and is regarded as one of its most important landmarks. Attracting politicians, well-known painters, authors and regulars such as Han Christian Andersen, it continues to draw guests with its historical setting, award winning ‘Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ Brasserie Underhuset restaurant and proximity to Silkeborg’s many and varied attractions. Highlights includeSilkeborg Museum’s mysterious 2400 year old bog body ‘Tolland Man’;Museum Jorn with works from the city’s best internationally known artist Asger Jorn and other COBRA art movement members; the beautiful old spa which houses Art Centre Silkeborg Bad and the world’s oldest paddle steamer.
Hotel Ritz Aarhus City, Aarhus
Hotel Ritz Aarhus City is all about design and location. Situated on the square in front of the central railway station, this 1932 gem has been extensively restored to become one of the city’s most stylish boutique hotels. Mixing beautifully preserved original features with Danish designer furniture, the hotel offers the optimal oasis for exploring Denmark’s second largest city and soon to be European city of Culture in 2017. Within a short walk to ARoS Aarhus Art Museum with its iconic eye-catching ‘Your rainbow panorama’ rooftop walkway, the Aarhus Concert Hall, Occupation Museum, Woman’s Museum and award winning market town open-air museum ‘Den Gamle By’(Old Town), the hotel is also close to local transport links for the new state of the art Moesgaard Museum which is due to open on 11 October 2014.
Hotel Vejlefjord and Vejle
Stunningly tucked away on the edge of the fjord and surrounded by pristine beech forest, Hotel Vejlefjord is often referred to as the ‘the castle in the woods’. Originally built in 1900 as Denmark’s first tuberculosis sanatorium and therapeutic park, this beautiful property has been exquisitely restored into a luxury hotel and spa. Awarded “Spa of the Year” in the Danish Beauty Awards 2014, it is also Northern Europe’s largest spa and thermal baths. Further along the fjord in Trekanten (an area also renowned for its beauty), lies the attractive town of Vejle. With numerous historic attractions, such as the hilltop windmill Hopballe Mill and old merchants house, providing a fascinating step back in time, Vejle’s recent burst into contemporary urban architectureon its waterfront and redesigning of the Vejle Art Museum offer an inspiring glimpse of the future. Completing a visit to the region and only 15 minutes from Vejle, don’t forget to take in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Royal Jelling, where in 965AD the Viking King Harald Bluetooth embraced Christianity and recorded the moment on the world famous rune stones of the Jelling Monument. A new visitor’s centre will be opening here in 2015.
Nørre Vissing Kro and Skanderborg
In the heart of Jutland, surrounded by hills, forests and lakes Nørre Vissing Krois a must for ‘foodies’. With humble beginnings as an illicit pit stop serving salted herrings and mugs of beer at the crossroads in Nørre Vissing, this 200 year old Royal privilege inn cleverly retains a strong sense of history whilst having a fresh contemporary feel.
Making use of the abundant local ingredients such as zander, pike and perch from the lakes and mushrooms, snails and game from the woods, the restaurant has become famous for its creative gourmet cuisine. With the old market town of Skanderborg only a short drive, outdoor activities such as ascending the nearby Himmelbjerget(one of Denmark’s highest points) or canoeing on the river Gudenåen, can be culturally complemented with visits to the Museum at Adelgade Skanderborg , the World War II German air force headquarters in the bunkers of The Museum of Liberation and the Monastic Museum of Denmark (Øm Kloster Museum) – the most thoroughly excavated monastery ruins from the Middle Ages in Denmark.
Randers Hotel and Randers
With a star-studded guestbook, which includes the likes of the Danish royal family, Josephine Baker, Victor Borge, Rufus Wainwright, Ringo Starr and Cliff Richard, Randers Hotel exudes history from the moment you walk in the door. Lavishly adorned with original pieces of art and antiques as it would have been when it opened in 1856, it also has an extraordinary banqueting room which was decorated by Jean René Gauguin (Paul Gauguin’s son) in 1956 with impressive floor to ceiling murals in yellow and light blues hues typical of Scandinavian colours in this period. Offering a highly memorable stay, the hotel is also a must to be added to the Randers self-guided 2.5km ‘Star Route’ walk which includes one of the oldest and biggest local museums in Denmark -Museum Østjylland (Museum of Cultural History); Graceland Randers, a copy of Elvis Presley’s home in Memphis, Tennessee, that boasts one of the largest collections of Elvis memorabilia in the world; Randers Art Museum with its extensive collection of Danish and International art; and Randers Rainforest – a collection of temperature controlled giant domes replicating three different rainforest continents with flora and fauna to match.
Hjerting Badehotel and Esbjerg
On the outskirts of Esbjerg overlooking Ho Bay on the Wadden Sea, Hjerting Badehotel can be very simply summarised by ‘fresh sea air, beautiful sunsets and great food’. Built in 1914 on a spot on the beach where there had been an inn for over 300 years, this traditional seaside hotel has been sensitively restored to reflect its seafaring history with a lively ‘Ship Inn’ (bar/café), an exceptional gourmet restaurant showcasing the best of locally sourced produce and lovely light rooms facing out to the ocean. As with the hotel, much of Esbjerg’s past has also been defined by the sea. Represented by the monumental sculpture “Man Meets the Sea” which marks the entrance to the harbour, a number of the city’s attractions are unsurprisingly of a nautical nature such as the Fisheries and Maritime Museum and the former motorised lightship “Horns Rev”, which is now a floating museum. A broader selection of attractions can however be discovered on one of the two excellent self-guided city walks that cover many of the 19th century buildings through to the modern Jan and Jørn Utzon designed Musikhuset and Performing Arts Centre.
Tornøes Hotel and Odense
Almost in the middle of the aptly coined ‘Garden Island’ of Funen, Denmark’s 3rd largest city Odense is surrounded by lush rolling pasture, fertile orchards and 11,000 kilometres of stunning coastline. One of the oldest cities in Denmark and birthplace of storyteller Han Christian Andersen, the city is steeped in medieval beginnings and fairytale fantasy with a museumdedicated to the writer and open-air Den Fynske Landsby museum providing a tangible insight into the past. Within a 20km drive of the city, Tornøes Hotel in the idyllic market town and fishing village of Kerteminde also offers a compelling taste of life by the sea at another time. Once one of the town’s grand merchants’ houses overlooking fjord and harbour, the 16th century property was converted into an inn by Wentzel Tornøe and has since remained a hallmark to the town with its own small brewery.
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