S FL Hotel Presents Miami Spice Travel Package‏

August 1, 2014 on 6:46 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Florida, Miami | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowJW Marriott Marquis Miami Presents a Scrumptious Package just in time for Miami Spice

MIAMI – You’re not the only one sizzling in Miami’s summer heat. Kitchens are firing up for Miami Spice, and db Bistro Moderne and the JW Marriott Marquis Miami are presenting the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover, a sumptuous hotel package that will allow guests to savor mouthwatering French bistro cuisine while enjoying plush accommodations, proving that you can have the best of both worlds under one roof.

Along with offering a luxurious stay for two, the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover package includes dinner for two at award-winning chef Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Guests will have the opportunity to savor three unique and expertly-prepared courses that include such delicious selections as Corn Risotto, Grilled Swordfish, Coq Au Vin and New York Strip.

In addition to indulging in the tasty flavors of db Bistro Moderne, guests will enjoy a complimentary breakfast for two in the hotel’s elegant 345 Restaurant, as well as complimentary overnight parking for one car.

To book the Miami Spice Marquis Sleepover at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com  and use booking code D18 or call 1-305-421-8620 and ask about the offer. The package is available from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, and rates start at $339. The promotion is valid only for the restaurant’s Miami Spice dinner menu. Offer does not apply to groups of 10 or more rooms. Must book at least three days in advance. Blackout dates may apply. Other restrictions apply. Rates are per room, per night and based on availability at the time of reservations.

About JW Marriott Marquis Miami

The JW Marriott Marquis Miami is situated in Miami’s new Metropolitan Miami development. The first-to-market JW Marriott property boasts 313 guestrooms, inclusive of 56 suites, along with a broad array of amenities, including renowned chef-restaurateur, Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne. Offering a diverse setting for business, meeting and pleasure travel pursuits, the 41-story hotel features three concierge levels; 80,000-square-feet of total function space including a 20,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom; and one of the most unique indoor sports, lifestyle and entertainment complexes of any hotel in the U.S. The 50,000-square-foot, two-story indoor facility includes a NBA-approved basketball arena, tennis court, Mariano Bartolome Golf School, virtual bowling alley, billiards, full-service enliven spa and salon and more. Owned and operated by Met 2 Hotels LLC, the JW Marriott Marquis Miami is located at 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami, FL. For additional information and booking please visit www.jwmarriottmarquismiami.com

Mexican Wines With A Global Appeal

July 31, 2014 on 11:08 am | In Baja, Cabo, Cancun Cozumel Yucatan, Dine Drink, Mexico | Comments Off


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – – The AAA Five Diamond rated Capella Pedregal resort in Cabo San Lucas is acclaimed for its innovative customizable experiences and this fall the ultra-luxury property will introduce its own private cachet of Capella labeled wines. Harvested from some of the best vineyards in Mexico, the “Unique Collection,” Capella Pedregal’s Private Reserve has been a two-year project involving the sommelier team at the resort. The process was curated by the resort’s Wine Director, Eduardo Contreras Pérez and a team of sommeliers. The wine experts at Capella Pedregal has meticulously and feverishly worked these past two years to cultivate this special wine program and now guests will have the opportunity to savor the fruits of their labor.

“The Unique Collection is made exclusively for the resort. We conduct heavily regimented processes with the vineyards in Mexico to select the best varietals, ensure the highest level of quality control and keep an eye on the aging process,” said Pérez. “We introduced small batches of these wines at the Taste of Capella Food & Wine Festival which took place from July 9th to 13th of this year, so that guests could have a preview of a truly exclusive wine experience.”

“Not many people know that Mexico is one of the oldest producers of wine in the world,” added Pérez. “Mexico is undergoing a wine revolution now and we’re seeing a lot of powerful flavors making an impact on connoisseurs traveling to Mexico and Cabo in particular. I think in a few years you will see Mexican wines become a staple feature in the U.S.”

Pérez and his team have spent the greater part of the last two years traveling extensively to wine regions to speak to wineries and taste the various wines that were being produced. The end result is the establishment of a wine program with noted wineries and a careful selection of the best barrels for Capella Pedregal. Capella’s working relationship with the winemakers allows a controlled development and fermentation for these specially labeled wines, all in hopes that these wines will be seen as among the best in Mexico and globally.

One of the Capella Pedregal Private Reserve wines in the Unique Collection is derived from Hacienda la Lomita in Guadalupe Valley and considered one of the premier vineyards in Mexico. The wine that they have developed for Capella Pedregal is a ruby red color varietal with purple reflections showing a medium concentration. The first impression in the nose gives you some lactic and spicy notes, but then the fruit arise and continues with blueberries and blackberries, then more complex aromas arise with hints of violets, hibiscus, toffee and some creamy elements. To the palate, the texture is velvety and has a finish with a hint of tobacco. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Tempranillo.

Wine Director, Eduardo Contreras Pérez is a globe-trotting, award-winning trained sommelier who has worked at some of the finest restaurants and luxury hotels in the world. His resume reads like a “who’s who” of top properties around the world and he served last as Head Sommelier at the Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Bheri in Abu Dhabi and prior to that the Four Seasons at Anahita in Mauritius. He also spent time at the Culinary Institute of Mexico as a visiting professor lecturing on wines. Contreras holds a number of prestigious accolades including the “Best Tasting Award” and the first runner-up at the International Best Sommelier Competition in Shanghai, China, which was headed by Gerard Basset, the “Best Sommelier of the World 2010.” He heads-up Capella Pedregal’s award-winning team of sommeliers and collaborates with the team to curate the property’s wine list and pairings.

For more information on Capella Pedregal and the resort’s award-winning dining facilities and “Unique Collection” visit www.capellapedregal.com

About Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
The majestic Capella Pedregal resort lies on Cabo San Lucas’ most coveted parcel of land – an extraordinary, 24-acre site at the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula. The exclusive haven, comprised of 96 rooms and suites, is just minutes from bustling downtown Cabo, yet seemingly worlds apart thanks to its secluded location within the prestigious Pedregal neighborhood, accessible only by the private Dos Mares tunnel. Capella Pedregal offers unprecedented luxury, sophistication and personalized service ably assisted by a team of Personal Assistants who are available around-the-clock to assist guests with their requests. The property features Beachfront Suites located directly on the beach with beautiful ocean front views. Each Beachfront Suite features an infinity edge wraparound plunge pool with a warming fire pit nearby and are available in one, two and three bedroom configurations.

Under the tutelage of French Laundry trained, Executive Chef Yvan Mucharraz, Capella Pedregal’s three distinctive dining establishments feature refined, traditional Mexican dishes which evoke a true Baja feel and unparalleled dining environments. The centerpiece of the resort is the award-winning, 12,000-square foot signature Auriga spa, wellness and fitness facility, which features unparalleled indigenous treatments based on the lunar cycle. For more information visit www.capellapedregal.com

Grand Opening of Búho Cocina y Cantina in Waikiki, August 5th‏

July 31, 2014 on 10:55 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Hawaiian Islands | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowBúho Cocina y Cantina is quickly becoming a favorite among locals and visitors for refined Mexican cuisine in Honolulu. The stunning rooftop bar and restaurant has been open for lunch and dinner for nearly a month, but the time has come to turn up the heat! Búho Cocina y Cantina will be celebrating their Grand Opening with a rooftop Mexican street party, Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 from 5 PM until 10 PM.

WAIKIKI, HONOLULU, HAWAII – Since the unveiling of the beautiful new space last month, Waikiki has only started to see what Búho is made of. Opening the first rooftop restaurant and bar in Honolulu which spans more than 12,000 square feet required extensive preparation and practice to bring every aspect of service together. Búho’s goal and priority before making their grand debut? “Excellent customer service, delicious food, a lively bar scene, and a chic ambiance for a one of a kind experience,” according to CEO, Hide Sakurai. The kitchen, staff and management have been training and preparing for months while Chef Arturo Silva and the kitchen crew have been perfecting their elevated twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. You can tell by the attention to detail, high level of service, and presentation of each unique dish that great care and consideration has gone into every element.

As the sun starts to set on the horizon and the trade winds draw up an ocean breeze, the fuchsia-lit sky and sparkling city lights create a dining atmosphere unlike any other in Hawaii. Whether you are seated at the impressive 50 foot bar overlooking the city-scape, on the lower cantina area with a view of the historic Royal Hawaiian, or next to the reflection pool and fire feature, the rooftop lends itself to anyone who wants a fresh experience. There is no strict dress code and plenty of space to entertain large parties, celebrate a special occasion or take the family for an evening out on the town.

August 5th not only marks the official Grand Opening for Búho Cocina y Cantina, but the first monthly ‘Cinco de Búho’ Celebration. Mexican Independence Day falls on the 5th of May, and Búho has decided to carry on the celebration on the fifth of each month by bringing a little bit of Mexico City to Waikiki. It will be a Mexican street party on a rooftop in Waikiki with entertainment, food and drink specials. Búho invites you to experience what happens when ‘Hola meets Aloha’ and join them for a dining experience filled with excitement, fun and unique flavors.

Búho is located at 2250 Kalakaua Avenue. To access this rooftop gem, take the Kalakaua Avenue elevator or the Waikiki Shopping Plaza Elevator to the 5th Floor. Hours of operation are from 11 AM to 1 AM Sunday through Thursday, and 11 AM to 2 AM Friday and Saturday. The Kitchen will close one hour prior to closing.

About Búho Cocina y Cantina

Locally and independently operated, Búho Cocina y Cantina is run by CEO of Diamond Dining International Corporation, Hide Sakurai. The organization opened Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar at 1585 Kapiolani Boulevard in 2005, and will officially open Búho Cocina y Cantina August 5th of 2014, at 2250 Kalakaua Ave. For on-line information, log on at www.buhocantina.com  or www.shokudojapanese.com

BrewFest to Rule Key West’s Labor Day Weekend‏

July 31, 2014 on 10:46 am | In Beachbooker, Dine Drink, Festivals, Florida, The Keys, Webbandstand | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowKEY WEST, Florida Keys — More than 150 beers and ales, including unique microbrews, are to be on tap at Key West BrewFest, scheduled Thursday through Monday, Aug. 28 through Sept. 1.

The selection is to include such intriguingly named offerings as Andygator by Abita and Toasted Coconut Porter by Orange Blossom Pilsner. Specialty brews from groups such as the Conch Republic B.U.B.B.A.’s brewing club and shortly-to-open Florida Keys Brewing Company are to be available as well.

BrewFest begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, with a beer school featuring the Dogfish Head Brewing Company at the World of Beer, 511 Greene St. A kick-off party is set for 5 p.m. at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St., featuring some of the Tuna’s craft and specialty beers.

Subsequent festival events include beer dinners and late-night gatherings, a pool party at the Southernmost Hotel, 1319 Duval St.; a craft beer and music event at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, 201 Duval St.; the All AmeriCAN Sunset party featuring leading craft beers in a can at Ocean Key Resort’s Sunset Pier, 0 Duval St.; a home brew happening, beer breakfasts and even an early morning beer-and-footrace challenge dubbed the Magic Hat Hot Trot — where participants are encouraged to wear wacky “magic hats.”

The celebration’s centerpiece, the BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival with more than 150 beers from around the world, is set for 4-8 p.m. Saturday on Key West’s South Beach at 1405 Duval St. Admission is $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door, or $75 in advance for entry to the tasting and a 3 p.m. VIP hour.

Presented by the Southernmost Hotel Collection and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic, the Labor Day weekend event benefits the club’s charitable efforts.

Lager lovers can find festival details and tickets at the BrewFest Hospitality Suite at the Southernmost Hotel. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Event information and advance tickets: www.keywestbrewfest.com  or 305-295-6519
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest  or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: facebook.com/floridakeysandkeywest · twitter.com/thefloridakeys · www.keysvoices.com  · www.youtube.com/floridakeystv

Kids Eat Free at Whistler Blackcomb

July 31, 2014 on 8:23 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Whistler Blackcomb has announced their Kids Eat Free offer for the remainder of the summer. Kids Eat Free will be available for children 12 years of age and under, when ordering in Dusty’s Bar & BBQ and Merlin’s Bar & Grill from the kids menu, and when accompanied by a family member dining. *1 free child’s meal for every regular meal ordered. Thanks to changes in British Columbia’s liquor laws, Whistler Blackcomb restaurants and bars, including Garibaldi Lift & Co., Dusty’s Bar & BBQ, and Merlin’s Bar & Grill, now welcome kids until 10 p.m.


Princess Cruises picks one out of the box

July 31, 2014 on 8:20 am | In Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Princess Cruises has whipped up a partnership with master chocolatier and pastry designer Norman Love.

Chocolate Journeys, the line’s new on-board chocolate experience, will tempt guests with an array of on-board chocolate offerings, among which are custom-crafted desserts, chocolate and wine pairings, and chocolate bites.

Since debuting Norman Love Confections in 2001 after a career as a pastry chef for luxury resorts, Love has since received widespread recognition for his hand-crafted, chocolate-making artistry.

He has been named as one of the top 10 chocolatiers in North America.

His sea-going chocolate creations will debut aboard the new Regal Princess and will be rolled out across Princess’ Australian fleet by early next year.


Miami Spice Month

July 31, 2014 on 8:14 am | In Beachbooker, Cruise Boats, Dine Drink, Florida, Miami | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowGreater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcomes New Restaurants and Sponsors to 13-Year-Old Dining Program that Attracts Food Lovers Far and Near

MIAMI (July 30, 2014) – The organizers of the 13th Annual Miami Spice Restaurant Program, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), today announced the return of exclusive dining deals on three-course lunch and dinner menus at more than 170 area restaurants, including 45 new participants, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, 2014. This year, the program introduces the new Miami Spice Mash-Ups, a culinary celebration of Miami’s diverse food scene.

The Miami Spice program kicks off August 1 with dining deals that include lunch priced at $23 per person and dinner priced at $39 per person. Prices include an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and exclude alcohol, tax, tip and service charges.

In an exciting first for the program, a series of exclusive Miami Spice Mash-Up dinners kicked off in June, with the final event planned in September. These curated collaborations, hosted by some of the area’s best-known chefs, offer an intimate and interactive experience.

“After 13 years of bringing locals and visitors affordable fine-dining, the Miami Spice program has evolved into a culinary movement celebrating the best in Miami’s food scene, “ said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of the GMCVB. “This year we pay homage to our rich heritage and eclectic food by creating The Miami Spice Mash-Ups. These unique dining experiences feature chef collaborations bringing together diverse culinary styles and flavors into one dining experience.”

Browsing restaurants and making reservations is a piece of cake at www.ilovemiamispice.com, which features a complete list of participating venues, menus and scheduled events. The Miami Spice website offers photos of restaurants and featured dishes, with search functions for cuisine type, area/neighborhood, lunch/dinner and more.

This year, Miami Spice fans have the opportunity to win special prices through a social media promotion by posting and sharing photos of Miami Spice meals on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #MiamiSpice. Foodies will have the chance to win one of eight weekly $100 prepaid gift cards or the grand prize of a hotel stay and VIP dining experience when posting their Miami Spice meal photos.

Miami Spice is proud to partner with MasterCard Priceless Miami, Botran Rum, Stella Artois, Foods from Chile and Wines of Chile on this year’s program. New participating restaurants include:

1. 15th & Vine Kitchen and Bar

2. 1826 Restaurant & Lounge

3. AQ by Acqualina

4. Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant

5. Big Fish Restaurant

6. Bistro BE

7. BLT Prime Miami

8. Bocce Bar

9. BrickTop’s Restaurant

10. Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge

11. Cipriani Downtown Miami

12. The District Miami

13. Earls Kitchen & Bar

14. El’eat

15. Embarcadero 41 Fusion

16. Fez

17. Francesco @ The Towers of Key Biscayne

18. Francesco Restaurant Coral Gables

19. HaVen South Beach

20. Icebox Cafe

21. Il Forno Ristorante

22. IL Mulino NY – SOUTH BEACH

23. La Gamba Restaurant

24. La Mar by Gaston Acurio

25. La Montanara Miami

26. L’echon Brasserie

27. Lorenzo

28. Lure Fishbar

29. Michael Mina 74 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

30. Mignonette

31. Oolite Restaurant and Bar

32. Orange Blossom

33. Perfecto

34. Petit Bistro

35. Pied A Terre

36. Pilar Restaurant & Bar

37. Porfirios Restaurant

38. Seasalt & Pepper Brasserie

39. Semilla Eatery & Bar


41. St. Regis Bar

42. Touche Restaurant & Rooftop Lounge

43. The Traymore Restaurant & Bar

44. Wine Depot 555

45. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse – by Wolfgang Zwiener

StonesEdge Gastropub in Whistler

July 31, 2014 on 8:10 am | In British Columbia, Canada, Dine Drink | Comments Off

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With close to 40 years in the industry between them, Whistler husband and wife team, Jim Button and April Solonyka, have joined forces to open StonesEdge Gastropub. After a complete overhaul of locals’ hangout Kypriaki, Whistler’s newest gastropub opened its doors July 2014. StonesEdge offers creative and elegant pub fare such as falafel bites with spicy ancho barbecue sauce and Greek yogurt and bacon-infused Caesars through a bacon straw, all served at budget-friendly prices. Open from 8 a.m. – 1 a.m., StonesEdge, located across from the Whistler Conference Centre welcomes locals and visitors alike on one of Whistler’s sunniest and largest patios.

“MasterChef” Cruise Itinerary Unveiled‏

July 30, 2014 on 11:57 am | In Cruise Boats, Dine Drink | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFirst-Ever MasterChef Cruise Event Itinerary Unveiled

Caribbean Cruise Will Feature Hours of Entertaining and Instructional Culinary Events and Demonstrations including Mystery Box Challenges, Tag Team Challenges, Meet and Greets and More!

Blind Taste Test With Award-Winning Chef and MASTERCHEF Judge Graham Elliot, Prepare the Perfect Steak with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Winner Alexander Weiss,

Cook Mac-n-Cheese with MASTERCHEF Winner Christine Ha and More!

Los Angeles, CA — The programming lineup for the first-ever MasterChef Cruise was announced today for the seven-day culinary journey sailing to the Caribbean Nov. 8-15, 2014. Foodies and fans of America’s most-watched cooking competition series MASTERCHEF (Mondays, 8:00pm ET/PT on FOX) will hone their culinary skills while getting up close and personal with their favorite series talent with over 15 hours of event programming including Mystery Box Challenges, MasterChef Trivia, Tag Team Challenges, cocktail parties, meet and greets, demonstrations and more.

Presented by Shine America, producers of the television series, and events company Life Journeys, the MasterChef Cruise features culinary events and demonstrations with world-class Michelin-Star Chef and MASTERCHEF judge Graham Elliot; series winners Christine Ha and Luca Manfe; the first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR winner Alexander Weiss; previous season contestants Becky Reams and Bri Kozior and the current season’s winner (to be revealed on the Sept. 15 finale).

MasterChef Cruise guests will be offered hours of entertaining and instructional events and demonstrations, including:

Christine Ha’s Mac-n-Cheese at Sea Competition – Christine will judge the first-ever Mac-n-Cheese at Sea competition where guests will compete to create their best version of the classic dish.
Blind Taste Test with Graham Elliot – A few willing audience members will have the opportunity to test their taste buds with a challenge led by Graham.
Tag Team Sushi – Get a front-row seat to the famous Sushi Tag Team Challenge featuring the MasterChef Stars.
Master the Macaroon with Alexander – Learn to master Alexander’s signature dessert, the ever-elusive Macaroon.
Designer Pasta – Learn how to make authentic, homemade pasta with a demonstration from Luca Manfé.
Craft Cocktails – Create craft cocktails with the MasterChef season 5 winner.
The Finale – The MasterChef Stars compete in an all-out food war to see who is crowned the first-ever “MasterChef Cruise Champion.”

For additional details and the full MasterChef Cruise itinerary visit www.masterchefcruise.com

Many of the activities will take place in the ship’s Vista Show Lounge, which showcases state of the art video equipment, high-resolution LED panels and a seating capacity of 856 guests.

“MASTERCHEF fans and food lovers alike are in for an incredible journey with hours of original live programming that both entertains and instructs,” said Vivi Zigler, President Shine 360° and Digital, Shine America. “Guests will get to live the ‘MASTERCHEF experience with some of the most skilled and beloved talent from the series, while also honing their own culinary skills.”

“We are thrilled to be a partner with Shine America on the official first-ever MasterChef Cruise and can’t think of a more ideal setting than sailing to the Caribbean with such passionate fans of the show,” said Ibis Kaba, executive VP/producer of Life Journeys.

The cruise will set sail from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Headliner chef Graham Elliot is a self-described “Navy brat” who has traveled the world and all fifty states. He’s a creative culinary wizard with an innate ability to successfully juxtapose four-star cuisine with humor, wit and out-of-the-box artistry. At age 27, he became the youngest Four Star Chef to be named in any major U.S. city and was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2004. He also is a judge for MASTERCHEF and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. In recent years Elliot has accrued several prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation nominations as well as being named one of Crain’s Chicago Business list of “40 Under Forty.” Elliot operates the award-winning Graham Elliot Bistro in Chicago.

As a special highlight, cruisers will meet the winner of Season 5, who will be revealed in the season finale airing Monday, Sept. 15 at 8:00pm PT on FOX.

Fares for the seven-night “MasterChef” cruise begin at $1,442 per person, double occupancy, and include activities associated with the MASTERCHEF Cruise shipboard programming. Premium programming opportunities are available for an additional cost.

For more information and to make reservations, visit www.masterchefcruise.com

or call 1-888-259-9191, ext. 1262.

About Life Journeys

California-based Life Journeys Inc., is the nation’s premier travel tour production company. Life Journey’s vision is to bring together an array of authors, celebrities, speakers, musicians and organizations that inspire, motivate, educate, entertain and empower the minds and spirits of their audience in various locations around the world by creating a unique brand of customized, one-of-a-kind cruise and land event productions.

About Shine America

Shine America is the U.S. division of Shine Group, an award-winning global production and distribution organization with 30 production companies across 12 countries. Shine America is a leading television studio that creates inspired and compelling programming including current unscripted series MasterChef (FOX), MasterChef Junior (FOX), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Minute to Win It (GSN), The Face (Oxygen), Restaurant Startup (CNBC) and Fake Off (TruTV). Scripted series include Peabody Award-winning The Bridge (FX), as well as upcoming dramas Gracepoint (FOX) and Utopia (HBO).

Shine America incorporates several divisions including unscripted format label Ardaban, which develops and distributes original content to the U.S. marketplace including series Beat The House (HGTV) and The One That Got Away (TLC). The global Shine 360˚ division builds brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine Group’s distribution arm, Shine International, distributes Shine America’s extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.

Sip, Decorate and Get Chauffeured Along the Wine Trail

July 30, 2014 on 11:48 am | In Adventure Travel, Dine Drink, East Coast, Rail Tours | Comments Off

Over the river and through the woods to collect trinkets at wineries they go, thanks to the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast’s “Wine Trail Hopper” package.

It’s the Shawangunk Wine Trail’s most popular event of the year… and every fall at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York (approx 1 hour from NYC by car; 1.5 hrs by NJTRANSIT) guests tell the innkeepers they wish they could’ve continued in the merriment.

“Guests repeatedly tell us they want to fill up their wreath with all the little ornaments given out at each winery but after just a few stops, they don’t feel OK to drive,” said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the award-winning country inn with her husband John. “So this year we’re offering a package where we’ll provide the transportation and guests may drink and decorate their wreaths responsibly.”

The Shawangunk Wine Trail will issue each visitor to the “Fineries on the Wineries” event a handmade grapevine wreath and a wine tasting glass. Their mission: visit each of the 14 wineries, taste wine, and collect an ornament to add to their wreaths.

“It’s great that Caldwell House is making this happen for their guests,” said Randy Maduras, Marketing and Event Director of the Shawangunk Wine Trail. “This is our most popular event for the wine trail and with more than a dozen stops, it’s a really smart idea.”

Guests who reserve the Holiday Wine Trail Hopper package at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast will start their day with a gourmet three-course breakfast. From there, they’re off – on their own or in a group; the package can be adjusted for two to 20 people.

The Fineries at the Wineries event takes place from 10 am to 6 pm on the following Saturdays and Sundays: November 22-23, December 6-7, and December 13-14.

The participating wineries include: Adair Vineyards, Applewood Winery, Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Brimstone Hill Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Clearview Vineyards, Demarest Hill Winery, Glorie Farm Winery, Palaia Vineyards, Robibero Winery, Stoutridge Vineyard, Warwick Valley Winery and Whitecliff Vineyard.

The Wine Trail Hopper package (based on two people) includes:

2-night stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast
2 -day admission to the Shawangunk Wine Trail Fineries at the Wineries event
Complimentary three course gourmet breakfasts
Private transportation to as many of the 14 wineries as you’d like to go
Designated chauffeur
Free WiFi at the inn so you can share your completed wreath on social media

Package – approxiately $900 per couple plus tax for a 2-day tour (package prices vary depending on the number of participants and the room chosen)

Optional: 1-day wine tour and all of the above: $600 per couple plus tax (same conditions as above)

For additional information or larger groups contact the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast at 1-800-210-5565 or visit www.caldwellhouse.com

About Caldwell House

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is a multi-award winning member of the prestigious Select Registry and Diamond Collection groups of Inns. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley– close to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Storm King Arts Center, Brotherhood Winery (and many of the Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries), and the Woodbury Premium Outlet Mall.

Some of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful hiking/biking trails are within walking or easy driving distance. Built in 1802, this historic inn is full of many original features, antiques and original paintings, as well as modern amenities. Each guest room includes its own private full bath (several with Jacuzzi tub for two), smart TVs with Netflix/Hulu, free Wi-Fi Internet access, individual room temperature controls, iPads and more.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. To make a reservation call 1-800-210-5565 or visit www.caldwellhouse.com . Also at: facebook.com/CaldwellHouseBandB

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