To tip off the tournament, Chayo will offer breakfast items and open early at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22 and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 23. The breakfast menu, priced from $12 to $16, will include huevos a la Mexicana served with pico de gallo and refried beans; huevos rancheros made with sunny-side up eggs and salsa verde; molletes with chorizo, refried beans and Oaxaca cheese; breakfast burrito complete with refried beans and huevos Mexicana; and chilaquiles made with pulled chicken and cascabel sauce.
Basketball enthusiasts may also enjoy $25 Corona Buckets, complete with five Coronas; two-for-one specials on house margaritas; and a free Corona with the purchase of a Sauza Blue shot. Featured side line snacks include Chayo nachos made with pulled pork, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, cheese sauce and Mexican cream, priced at $8; and two lobster or carnitas tacos with a draft beer, priced at $10.
Complete with flat-panel televisions, a sexy mechanical bull and expansive bar, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar offers sports fans a high-energy atmosphere to cheer on their teams.
About Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar
The high-energy restaurant introduces a new concept in Mexican dining, combining a DJ, mechanical bull, a vast tequila and cocktail selection and a blend of authentic and innovative Mexican fare by Executive Chef Ernesto Zendejas.
For more information, guests may call 702-691-3773, visit the website at http://chayolv.com or follow Chayo on Facebook at http://facebook.com/ChayoLV, Twitter at http://twitter.com/ChayoLV and Instagram @ChayoLV.
About The LINQ
Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip,
The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique retail, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more.
Topping out at 550 feet, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences.
For more information, visit www.thelinq.com
LAS VEGAS – BLVD. Cocktail Company will open on a high note at Las Vegas’ dynamic new shopping, dining and entertainment district, The LINQ, early this spring. The classic 2,400-square-foot cocktail bar will serve-up flavorful cocktails and modern art, as well as showcase performances from artists around the world on a Steinway & Sons Baby Grand piano.
“BLVD. Cocktail Company will channel the spirit of a classically cool era when dapper gentlemen and glamorous women dressed up for a night on the town,” says BLVD. Cocktail Company owner, Ryan Doherty. “We bring that spirit to a contemporary setting, complete with finely-crafted cocktails and talented musicians performing everything from the Talking Heads and Billy Joel to Green Day and Adele.”
“BLVD. Cocktail Company is a perfect addition to The LINQ’s carefully curated experience. We are incredibly excited to offer the unique style, dynamic mixology program and remarkable entertainment of BLVD. Cocktail Company to our guests,” said Jon Gray, vice president and general manager of The LINQ.
On any given night, guests will enjoy live performances on the sleek black piano, which has the technological capabilities to showcase performances via satellite. Atop the piano is a ‘cloud,’ a custom art instillation by Gabrielle Culp commissioned for BLVD. Cocktail Company. Made from thousands of LED lights, the ‘cloud’ showcases eye-catching visual effects, such as thunderstorm simulations, to accompany the performances. BLVD. Cocktail Company will also display an irreverent collection of art.
The cocktail menu will offer a collection of finely-crafted spirits and oversized martinis, as well as tableside mixology executed by BLVD. Cocktail Company’s expert bartenders. Signature selections take from various cocktail cultures and techniques from around the world to create reimagined libations. The liquor collection boasts a broad collection of top shelf and hard-to-find spirits.
A 24-foot-long drink rail surrounds a seating area around the piano to encourage socializing among guests. For those participating in a more intimate night out, BLVD. Cocktail Company offers plush, oversized booths for conversation in a lounge atmosphere. A 45-foot-long communal marble bar spans one side of the room, with an old-style rolling ladder for bartenders to access the vast liquor collection. Pocket doors open up to reveal a vibrant, 600-square-foot patio to enjoy the gorgeous Las Vegas weather and views of The LINQ’s High Roller observation wheel.
BLVD. Cocktail Company is managed by Doherty, Justin Weniger and Kenna Warner, the owners of Commonwealth and Park on Fremont, two of Downtown Las Vegas’ most popular hangouts.
About BLVD. Cocktail Company
BLVD. Cocktail Company will be open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to close. More information and table reservations are available on the website at www.BLVDCocktail.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @blvdcocktail.
About The LINQ
Caesars Entertainment is redefining the iconic Las Vegas skyline with The LINQ, an open-air retail, dining and entertainment district, anchored by the world’s tallest observation wheel, known as the High Roller. Located at the heart of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, The LINQ will feature more than 30 unique shopping, dining and entertainment venues and will host special events, festivals and more. Topping out at 550 feet, the Las Vegas High Roller observation wheel will be the focal point of the unique urban entertainment district. The wheel’s 28 glass-enclosed cabins will feature an interactive experience including video and music that will fade away to unveil spectacular views of the famed resort city in the 30 minutes it takes to complete one full revolution. Each cabin will accommodate up to 40 people and will be available for individual or group experiences. For more information, visit www.thelinq.com
Stunning new 65,000 square foot, day and night experience perched high atop
the Strip’s first stand-alone boutique hotel and casino in the heart of Las Vegas
(LAS VEGAS, NV) – Feb. 2014 – In a city where evolution is part of the revolution, nightlife impresario and hospitality visionary Victor Drai has built a reputation in Las Vegas by staying one-step ahead of the ordinary: creating new multi-sensory experiences that take entertainment, nightlife and dining to new heights. Having made a name for himself by reimagining Las Vegas nightlife, Drai is set to transform the day life and nightlife scene with his new rooftop pool venue. Set to open Memorial Day Weekend 2014, Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub is perched 11 stories above Las Vegas Blvd. on the rooftop of the new 188 room and suite resort, The Cromwell (the first stand-alone boutique hotel on the Strip).
With Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, Drai will create a striking new venue that is unique and groundbreaking; a celebration dedicated to design and sophistication that will return the social experience back to the Las Vegas club scene. At more than 65,000 square feet, Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub will welcome guests all day and all night, featuring the Strip’s only rooftop pool and deck with an indoor/outdoor club, panoramic views of the entire Las Vegas Strip, the most exciting new DJs from around the globe and an unparalleled guest experience.
Pictured: Victor Drai
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“I have been in the Las Vegas nightlife business for 15 years and I’m not only building the best nightclub in Las Vegas, I’m going to usher in a new era for nightlife and day life in Las Vegas,” explains Drai. “The mega-clubs have become nothing more than large music venues for million dollar DJs. We are creating a 360-degree experience. Wherever you turn you will be awed by the design, the technology, the music, the service and most importantly, the experience. We have designed the club to be visual, sensual, sexy and social.”
While locations such as St. Tropez and Ibiza are known the world over for their unique beach club and nightclub combination atmospheres, Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub will bring this one-of-a-kind concept to Las Vegas from one of the best vantage points in the city. Operating as two venues in one, Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub will span two levels. The lower level will feature two large, elevated main pools, each offering central wet decks and perimeter seating. Ten VIP bungalows and luxury cabanas, each containing their own pools, will offer guests privacy while being in the midst of all the action. The mezzanine level will contain 15 VIP cabanas and a third, private pool with five private VIP bungalows overlooking Las Vegas Blvd. Each VIP bungalow will feature its own shower and restroom and more than 40 daybeds will offer prime seating alongside the pool deck. Adding to that list, Drai’s will be the only day club in town with unobstructed sun (and fun) from open until sunset.
Notable features of the new Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub at The Cromwell include:
The Location – Situated 11 stories above the busiest intersection in the city, Drai’s will feature the only rooftop pool and club in Las Vegas.
The Design – the multi-level indoor/outdoor club has been designed to make all guests feel like a VIP again while providing stunning one-of-a-kind views under the sun and stars. The outdoor DJ booth will be a main focal point, situated beneath a dramatic archway, surrounded by billowing curtains. Each element from every vantage point throughout the space will showcase Drai’s unique attention to detail
The Staff – the most experienced, qualified and innovative people are the backbone of the Drai’s venues.
The Experience – Drai’s will present an unparalleled 24-hour party experience with exciting day and nightlife happenings 24/7.
The Philosophy – the nightclub and its patrons are priority. Drai’s emphasis will be on the guest. Drai’s will feature the most exciting names in the music business, from the most talented DJs from around the world to the best undiscovered DJs.
Drai, well known for creating nightclubs like XS and Tryst, pioneered the idea of creating a beautiful venue with an eye for every detail ensuring that the guest experience was paramount. Second only to the venue itself, are the people that help to create and run the nightclub and Drai has assembled the best team in Las Vegas. Working with Drai to create the signature Drai’s experience at the new clubs is partner, Michael Gruber and a team of experienced nightlife professionals led by Ryan M. Craig, Brian Affronti and Joe Lopez, all veterans of the Las Vegas nightlife and hospitality business.
“Victor has an ability to visualize and conceptualize ‘what could be’ in a space. He can see in advance what will work and what will not work,” explains Craig. “He has an amazing vision. He likes to create a space that allows the guest to enjoy the beauty of the venue from both the viewpoint of a general admission patron and that of our high-end table customers. The layout, décor, fabrics, seating, access points, bars, flow, visuals, sounds…it’s all an equation and he knows how to put them all together better than anyone in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to help him bring this concept to reality.”
“The Cromwell will bring a new energy to the heart of the Strip,” explains Karie Hall, vice president of hotel operations and general manager, The Cromwell. “Our guests will not only enjoy the experience of being in the Strip’s newest hotel, they will also be able to get the most out of the nightlife experience with access to the club just about any time of day or night. The intimate size of the hotel, paired with the luxurious amenities and marquee location, allow us to immerse the guest in an exciting 360-degree experience that has never before been done in Las Vegas.”
Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub is set to open Memorial Weekend 2014. For more information, follow Drai’s at Facebook at www.facebook.com/draislv, Twitter at www.twitter.com/draislv and Instagram @draislv.
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About The Cromwell:
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest casino-entertainment company, will open the Strip’s first, stand-alone boutique hotel, The Cromwell, this spring. Following a $185 million renovation of the former Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, the resort is situated on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road. The Cromwell will bring an exclusive, luxury lifestyle hotel experience to the Strip, focusing on hospitality, amenities and personalized service. An intimate collection of 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 square-foot casino space, and the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis will set the resort apart, while the rooftop pool experience will redefine Las Vegas nightlife culture. Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, designed and operated by nightlife impresario, Victor Drai , will span 65,000 square-foot with day and nightlife experiences boasting open-air, panoramic views from 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas skyline.
For more information visit www.TheCromwell.com, like us on Facebook http://facebook.com/cromwellvegas or follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/cromwellvegas.
Locals can play and mingle, unwind with a cocktail, indulge in a delicious bite
and enjoy West Las Vegas’ coolest, new neighborhood hangout
Distill opens its doors at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22nd in Summerlin
LAS VEGAS – January 20, 2014 – Distill is set to become the ‘Home away from Home’ for those residents living in West Las Vegas looking to have some fun, with comfortably priced, house-made cocktails and handcrafted food, a VIP Gaming Club to increase winning, a relaxed environment to hang with friends or make new ones, Happy Hour twice daily and much more. From the creators of Remedy’s Tavern and Elixir, Distill will join the ranks of its predecessors by winning over guests with a modern, yet cozy, atmosphere coupled with an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable staff – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – ensuring that patrons are cared for with individual and attentive service. Conveniently located off I-215 and West Charleston Blvd. at 10820 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135 – inside the Costco shopping complex, Distill is easily accessible from anywhere in the western part of the valley.
Patrons can satisfy their hunger for delicious, classic food made with the freshest ingredients, 24 hours a day. The menu includes dishes such as seared Ahi tuna, house-made Jalapeño Poppers and Street Tacos, as well as juicy burgers, pizza, sandwiches, salads and wraps. The chef’s specialties include Beer Braised Short Ribs or Fish & Chips. Distill has a full bar with accomplished bartenders, able to whip up a signature cocktail with precision or keep things simple with an ice cold, imported or domestic draught or bottled beer from the 24 varieties offered. With two Happy Hour food and drink specials a day from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. – 6 a.m., Distill will hit the spot with prices designed for total enjoyment.
Home to 15 brand-new 20” LCD gaming machines carrying more than 55 poker, blackjack, slot and keno games, Distill is the perfect place to kick back and play. By joining the VIP Gaming Club, players will enjoy slot promotions, exclusive parties, scratch cards and $10,000 lotto bucks every hour.
If catching all the action of the most popular sports teams while sitting in a cozy king-size chair is a necessity, then Distill is the destination and with 18 High-Def televisions, every seat is front-row. Get in on the action by challenging others to a friendly game of pool or a round of “golf” on the Golden Tee Golf Game. A state-of-the-art juke box has access to thousands of songs to supply the party with great music for every occasion.
Unwind and escape to Distill’s “Backyard” – an outdoor space, complete with fire pits and comfy couches. The “Backyard” is a perfect place to relax under the stars or sunshine or host a party to celebrate any special event.
LAS VEGAS - Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar reintroduces its popular “Taste & Learn” series on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Additional Taste and Learn events are planned for the coming months and a full schedule will be released shortly.
Guests at the Jan. 25 Taste & Learn event will taste four wines from Sardinia and Sicily specially selected by the presenting sommelier. Each wine will be accompanied by a small-bite pairing prepared by Executive Chef Mimmo Ferraro. The sommelier will discuss the origin, contents and wine-making process of each vintage, while Chef Mimmo will provide details about each of the food pairings he prepared to complement them.
The menu follows:
Pala Vermentino di Sardegna paired with seared scallop with light pesto topped with pine nuts
Pala Cannonau di Sardegna paired with sausage and cannellini bean ragu with grilled crostini
Kuntari Nero D’Avolo paired with ravioli filled with lamb, pine nuts and raisins served with mushroom sauce
Passopisciaro Rosso Sicilia paired with Southern Italian rice ball and meat sauce
Under the direction of owner Gino Ferraro, Ferraro’s wine collection today rivals that found anywhere in the world. The wine list features 18 wines by the glass, several half-bottle and large-format selections, as well as an additional tasting list including more than one dozen rare labels available in one, three and five-ounce pours.
Ferraro’s wine selection places special emphasis on presenting a broad and deep range of Italian wines such as Barolo from Bartolo Mascarello, Bruno Giacosa and Giacomo Conterno; Barbaresco from Marchese dei Gresy and Produttori del Barbaresco; Brunello from Biondi Santi; Amarone from Bertani and Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Emidio Pepe. Ferraro’s has been recognized with Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence” and the Wine Enthusiast award.
Chef Mimmo brings a sincere appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of authentic Italian cuisine and the evocative potential of the freshest herbs and ingredients. Under Mimmo, Ferraro’s menu continues to offer the time-honored, traditional dishes so beloved by his family and the restaurant’s patrons. His influence on the menu may be seen in the addition of new dishes, such as Pappardelle Mimmo (long, wide pasta with scallops, lobster, asparagus, butter, sage and truffle oil). Mimmo is happy to accommodate special dietary requests and can create vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes for diners requesting them. He also introduced the “Chef Mimmo Experience,” which is offered to parties interested in having him prepare a five-course menu of his specially chosen dishes. For this option, he personally appears tableside to discuss the guests’ preferences, which are then reflected in each course. Says Mimmo, “I’m happiest when our guests decide to have faith and indulge—and just let us take care of them.”
Space for this intimate event is limited and tickets (tax and tip included) are $50 per person. To make reservations, call (702) 364-5300.
ABOUT FERRARO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & WINE BAR
As Las Vegas’ longest running, family-owned and operated restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine in a fine-dining atmosphere, Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar has offered guests a five-star experience since 1985. Specializing in freshly made pastas and sauces, legendary osso buco, savory risottos, expertly prepared all-natural meats, Safe Harbor® seafood, as well as an extensive award-winning wine list, Ferraro’s is famous for its attention to detail, welcoming environment and passion for food that runs in the family. Owners Gino and Rosalba Ferraro, Chef Mimmo Ferraro and Special Events Director Teresa Ferraro-Marretti devote themselves to ensuring each guest has a memorable experience, whether for lunch, dinner, late-night or private parties and events. Open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ferraro’s is located at 4480 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89169 (across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino). For reservations, call (702) 364-5300. For more information, find on Facebook or via Twitter. Read Jetsetters Magazine feature story about Ferraro’s.
200th Anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, throughout 2014
2014 marks several anniversaries in the Capital Region USA, the most monumental of which is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner. Baltimore is the birthplace of the American National Anthem and it was here in September 1814, during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, that Francis Scott Key penned the poem that became the USA’s National Anthem. Visitors to the Capital Region can experience The Battle of Caulk’s Field Bicentennial Re-enactment 2014(30-31 August) as well as the 1812 Fair and Re-enactment at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum (21 – 22 June 2014) in Maryland; tour Fort McHenry, the star shaped fort which successfully defended the city of Baltimore against British invasion, and observe the massive flag which resides over the fort; learn about a young African American servant called Grace Wisher who worked on the flag at a major exhibit at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture from 17 May – 16 November 2014; finally, visitors can observe the original American flag currently on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Visitors can also drive the 100 mile Star-Spangled Banner Byway along the Chesapeake Bay and through historical locations significant to the War of 1812, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a number of events throughout Maryland from 6 September until 16 September 2014. For more information on events, visit www.starspangled200.com #starspangled200
50 years since the Beatles played in DC, 11 February 2014
The Beatles performed their first American Concert at The Washington Coliseum (a.k.a. Uline Arena) on February 11, 1964, two days after their triumphant performance on Ed Sullivan. On 11 February 2014, exactly 50 years from that day, this concert will be reenacted as exactly as possible at this historic site. In the audience that night were several personalities that went on to larger visibility, including former Vice President Al Gore. Proceeds of this re-enactment concert will go to The DC Preservation League. There will be an exhibit of Photographer Mike Mitchell’s iconic photos of the 1964 concert (he was an 18 year old freelancer at the time) and a short documentary (in the midst of being produced) to be shown before the concert which will include interviews with audience members and original photos. For more information visit, http://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones/2013/10/28/beatles-and-more-musical-history-uline-arena
400th Anniversary of Pocahontas’ Wedding to John Rolfe, 5 April 2014
The true love story which shaped American history will be marked by special programs and exhibits that explore the interaction between Indians and English Settlers. On 5 April 2014, visitors can experience a re-enactment of the wedding at the actual site where it occurred in Historic Jamestowne. For more information, visit www.historicjamestowne.org
70th Anniversary of D-Day, 6 June 2014
The National D Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia, will mark the occasion with a special ceremony including an honour guard, interactive veteran’s history stations, a reunion tent, USO show, guest speakers and more. The town of Bedford suffered more loses, per capita, on D-Day than any other locality in the United States and was chosen as the site of the National Memorial as emblematic of all U.S. communities, large and small, whose citizen-soldiers served on D-Day. For more information, visit www.dday.org/70th-anniversary-events
Marriott Marquis Washington, DC opens on 1 May 2014
The much anticipated Marriott Marquis Washington, DC Hotel will offer 1,175 rooms, including 49 suites, and more than 100,000 square feet of event space when it opens on 1 May 2014. Connected to the adjacent Walter E. Washington Convention Center by an underground concourse, the Marriott Marquis will be conveniently located near Penn Quarter and close to CityCenter DC and the Verizon Center. Property highlights include 54 breakout rooms, outdoor terraces, and retail and restaurant space. For more information, visit www.marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/wasco-washington-marriott-marquis
Opening Spring 2014: Upscale City Market at O Leads Evolution of Hip Luxury Suites
City Market at O is an upscale mixed-use development featuring restaurants and a new Cambria Suites. Located one block north of the Convention Center, the hotel will offer more than 182 all-suite rooms, a rooftop pool, and a terrace with sweeping city views. City Market at O will open in spring 2014. For more information, visit http://www.citymarketato.com
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center Launches Monthly Art Exhibits
Aloft BWI Hotel and The Chesapeake Arts Center in Brooklyn Park have teamed up to present monthly art exhibits and Meet the Artist receptions. Launched in September 2013, the works of a new artist will be on display in the hotel’s main lobby each month. The exhibits will culminate with a Meet the Artist reception each month. For more information visit www.aloftbwi.com or www.Chesapeakearts.org
The Inn at Herrington Harbour Offers Seaplane Excursions
The Inn at Herrington Harbour has begun offering Seaplane excursions over the Chesapeake Bay. At a cost of $95 per person, the twenty-minute excursions are available on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Seaplane excursions will resume in summer 2014. For more information, visit www.offshorepix.com or www.herringtonharbour.com
America’s Newest Luxury Resort, Salamander Resort and Spa, opens in Virginia
Salamander Resort and Spa is a 168-room luxury resort set on 340 acres amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards. The hotel opened in August 2013 and is located in the storied village of Middleburg. The resort is owned by Sheila C. Johnson, founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts. The resort features 25 acres of land dedicated to equestrian activities, a luxurious spa with private courtyard and infinity pool, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining overseen by award-winning DC Chef Todd Gray, a cooking studio, wine bar, and numerous conference and event facilities, including a 5,000-square-foot grand ballroom and a restored, century-old Stallion Barn.For more information, visit www.salamanderresort.com
CityCenter DC Opens in December 2013
CityCenter DC is a 10 acre urban hub mixing hotel space, condominiums, offices, restaurants, shops and more – all within walking distance to the convention center and two Metrorail stations. CityCenter DC is ideal for event activities, including dine-arounds and team-building. The New York Times called it a “modern-day Rockefeller Center.” CityCenter DC will open in phases beginning in December 2013. For more information, visit www.citycenterdc.com
Culinary and Winery News:
More Than 25 New Wineries to Open in Virginia in 2014
Virginia is known as the ‘state for lovers’, and is an award-wining wine region. 2014 will see more than 25 new wineries open bringing the total of wineries in Virginia to more than 250. The state is currently the fifth largest wine producing state in the United States, and Virginia wines continue to win top awards in world-wide competitions. For more information, visit www.virginiawine.org
‘A Flight You Can Look Forward To’ – Flight Wine Bar Opens in December 2013
Flight Wine Bar, owned and operated by husband and wife team, Swati Bose and Kabir Amir, is due to open in Washington, DC in December 2013. Bose and Amir will open with an approachable wine list featuring over 30 options by the glass including lesser known varietals and labels from around the world. A selection of domestic and international beers, boutique spirits and a weekly wine-based cocktail will also be on the menu. The 60-seat wine bar will also serve shareable plates designed to complement the diverse wine list. For more information, visit www.flightdc.com
Howard County Restaurant Boom Offers a Taste of the World
Howard County, a county located in the central part of Maryland, will welcome a number of exciting new restaurants in 2014 which will include flavours from all over the world. Restaurants include Facci Ristorante- authentic Italian cuisine featuring an imported wood burning pizza oven, Grille620- a modern twist on the American steakhouse, Highland Inn- a new dining experience with a focus on seasonal foods and purity of flavours, The Grille- featuring American and Mediterranean cuisine, White Oak Tavern- a tap house serving exquisite farm-to-table pub food, Xitomate Cocina Mexicana & Tequila Bar- Specializing in small plates of authentic Mexican cuisine with an immaculate collection of the finest Tequilas. For more information on Howard County, visit www.visithowardcounty.com
Attraction and Activity News:
Smithsonian Opens Newest Museum in 2015
The Smithsonian will open its newest museum in 2015, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2015. On 18 November 2013, the first two artefacts arrived at the museum, including a railway train car made by the Pullman Company in 1922, which is currently under construction on the National Mall. For more information, visit www.nmaahc.si.edu
Six Flags America Adds Two New Thrilling Rides for 2014
Six Flags America is adding two new rides in a brand new area of the amusement park that is conveniently located just outside of Washington, D.C. The new rides are the park’s ninth roller coaster, Ragin’ Cajun, a spinning coaster, and French Quarter Flyers, a family-friendly flying ride. Both attractions will be located in the festive new Mardi Gras section of the park. For more information, visit www.sixflags.com/america
American Chestnut Land Trust Launches New Trail Offering Stunning Views of the Chesapeake Bay
The American Chestnut Land Trust (ACLT) has opened a new gateway to connect people to the 3,000-acre Parkers Creek Preserve in central Calvert County along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The new 4.5-mile section of trail connects Prince Frederick to ACLT’s existing north-side trails. The trail allows hikers to experience the full breadth of the Parkers Creek natural area by continuing to a new overlook platform the land trust built to provide wintertime views of the Chesapeake Bay and the mouth of Parkers Creek. The full 6.1-mile trail is called “Prince Frederick to the Bay” or “PF2Bay” for short.
In addition to its two existing trailheads – one on the north side of Parkers Creek off Dares Beach Road and one on the south side of the creek off Scientists’ Cliffs Road – ACLT now welcomes visitors to its newest Prince Frederick trailhead that starts just off Main Street in Prince Frederick. Parking for the new trail as well as maps and the sign-in area are at St. John Vianney Roman Catholic Church. It is recommended that hikers leave one car at Double Oak Farm before hiking, and then take a second car to the Prince Frederick trailhead. The trail is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year. The trail is closed during deer firearms season for safety.
For more information, visit www.acltweb.org
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Launches ‘African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture, and Beyond’ Exhibit Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond showcases the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from or was influenced by African Americans, including the important contributions of publishing executives at companies such as Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics and Marvel Comics. This special exhibit will embrace the totality of Black comics. With a significant focus on Black creators and their art, the exhibit will pull together experts, essayists, filmmakers and creators from inside and outside the world of comic books to fully explore the successes, triumphs, failures and expectations for the future of this vital component of our national fabric. The exhibit will run from 14 December 2013 – April 2014. For more information, visit www.geppismuseum.com and www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=37284
B&O Railroad Museum Celebrates Black History Month in February 2014
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about the men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad’s line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. The exhibit runs from 1 February to 28 February 2013. For more information, visit www.borail.org
Chrysler Museum of Art Reopens and Celebrates 70 years of the Smokey Bear American Icon
The Chrysler Museum of Art, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is to reopen in April 2014 after an extensive renovation and expansion. Exhibits to mark the reopening will include 70 Years of Smokey Bear, the American icon whose motto is “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires”. For more information, visit www.chrysler.org/exhibitions/70-years-of-smokey-bear / or www.chrysler.org
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Opens Multi-media Rock Spectacular
Opening in Spring 2014 at Busch Garden Williamsburg, Virginia, London Rocks takes visitors on a musical journey that explores the roots of rock-n-roll and transforms Busch Gardens’ Globe Theatre into a rousing 25-minute live action and multi-media rock spectacular. The musical revue explores the powerful role that music plays in people’s lives. A team of more than 200 musical directors, designers, technicians and artists is taking on this ambitious Busch Gardens’ production. For more information, visit www.seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-williamsburg
The Aquarium Adventure Park opens in Virginia Beach in Summer 2014.
Appealing to outdoor fun-seekers ages five years old and up, the Adventure Park, located on the campus of the Virginia Aquarium, will feature multiple zip lines and aerial ropes challenge courses. Activities at the park are forest-friendly, requiring only human power—no motors or machines. For more information, visit www.vbgov.com/news/Pages/selected.aspx?release=1671
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Opens Exhibition of Artworks from the Palace Museum, Beijing
A new exhibition, the Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing will open at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 18 October 2014 – 11 January 2015 as part of collaboration with the Beijing Palace Museum, China’s largest art museum and the largest palace in the world. The exhibit will showcase more than 180 portraits, sculptures, textiles and unique artefacts from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Enhanced by 3-D virtual technology, the exhibit offers an immersive experience as if passing through the Forbidden City during the height of its glory. For more information, visitwww.nmaahc.si.edu
New Baltimore – DC Weekend Rail Service Launched on 7 December 2013
The Maryland Transit Administration is now offering a weekend MARC train service between Baltimore and Washington, DC. The trains will make nine Saturday round trips and six Sunday round trips between Penn Station in Baltimore and Union Station in Washington. The service is expected to be especially appealing to international travellers touching down at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Anne Arundel County. About 45-percent of BWI’s business comes from the Washington region. For more information, visit www.mta.maryland.gov/marc-train
New Silver Line Metro Extension Connects DC to Surrounding Cities
The Silver Line Metro Extension (also known as the Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project) is currently well underway. The new line will connect DC to surrounding cities including the retail mecca of Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. The line to Tyson’s Corner is expected to open in 2014; the line connecting Washington Dulles International Airport is expected to open in 2018. For more information, visit www.dullesmetro.com
DC Streetcars (trams) to Arrive in DC
DC Streetcars are expected to start service in early spring 2014 along H Street and Benning Road NE. For more information, visit www.dcstreetcar.com
Virginia Launches Jamestown Discovery Boat Ride
New in 2014 is Jamestown Discovery, a 90 minute boat tour on the beautiful James River that travels around the historic Jamestown Island. All tours are handicap accessible and offer a new view of the history and beauty of the river. A website is not available at present but for more information, visit their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/jamestowndiscoverytours
To find out more about the Capital Region USA, visit www.CapitalRegionUSA.co.uk
The capital city of Santo Domingo, and Cabarete – the windsurf capital of the Caribbean – have been included in the list of the “Top Caribbean Nightlife Destinations,” a list prepared by the online daily Caribbean Journal.
The online newspaper states that Santo Domingo is not only the capital of the Dominican Republic, but also “the capital of the country’s nightlife.”
Santo Domingo, the First City of the Americas, offers visitors an impressive list of bars, clubs and casinos.
Savvy travelers have defined Santo Domingo as a cosmopolitan city featuring modern architectural elements and centuries-old buildings built by the Spaniards during the Colonial period.
Its nightlife has been described as the most exciting in the entire Caribbean region.
Boutique hotels situated in the cobble-stone streets of the Colonial Zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, contrast with the larger and more cosmopolitan hotels found throughout the city.
Nightclubs, discos, bars, cafés and live-music venues have turned Santo Domingo into an exciting destination. Music lovers can enjoy the best jazz in the region, as well as the best Dominican “merengue” bands.
But Santo Domingo also has large theaters where international artists and theatrical productions are continuously presented.
This once sleepy north coast fishing village has become the world capital of water sports, due to the exceptional conditions it offers for windsurfing and other aquatic sports.
Situated some 3.5 hours from Santo Domingo and just 15 minutes from Puerto Plata, the north coast’s most important city, Cabarete is the “Caribbean’s bohemian destination.” Everything in Cabarete is within walking distance, and most bars and discos are situated along the village’s beautiful beach area.
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LAS VEGAS – Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host action-packed UFC viewing parties from January through March.
The rockin’ restaurant will serve drink specials including $21 buckets of Budweiser and Bud Light. Killer margaritas made with Cabo Wabo Tequila and specialty cocktails made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum will also be available. Patrons may catch all the action on multiple high-definition televisions downstairs.
*All of the numbered pay-per-view fights will be available to watch on a 180-inch screen upstairs in the private room with a cover charge.
*UFC 168 Live from Las Vegas: Chris “The All-American” Weidman vs. Anderson “The Spider” Silva – Saturday, Dec. 28
This UFC fight will feature a rematch between middleweight champion, Weidman, who will defend his title against former champion Silva since their last bout in July. The highly anticipated fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC Fight Night 34 from Singapore: Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine – Friday, Jan. 3
Current welterweight fighter, Saffiedine rides four straight wins and his contender, Ellenberger, was outpointed by Rory Macdonald after a two-fight winning streak. The rivals will go head-to-head at Bayfront Avenue.
UFC Fight Night 35 from Georgia: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou – Wednesday, Jan. 15
Middleweights Rockhold and Philippou will meet in the Octagon at The Arena at Gwinnet Center in Duluth, Ga. Rockhold is the last Strikeforce middleweight champion and Phillippou last fought in UFC 165, holding a professional record of 12-3-0 with 1 no-contest.
UFC on FOX 10 from Chicago: Benson “Smooth” Henderson vs. Josh “The Punk” Thomson – Saturday, Jan. 25
Former UFC Lightweight champion Henderson will be fighting for the first time since his defeat to Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Thomson made a successful return to UFC after moving from Strikeforce. The two contenders will face each other at United Center.
*UFC 169 Live from New Jersey: Dominick Cruz vs. Renan “The Baron” Barao – Saturday, Feb. 1
Bantamweight champion Cruz will return from a two-year injury to compete against betting favorite, Barao, who holds a record of 31-1-1. Cruz has never lost in the 135-pound division. The fight will take place in Newark, N.J.
UFC Fight Night from Jaragua, Santa Catarina: Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. Gegard Mousasi – Saturday, Feb. 15
Machida made his middleweight debut at UFC Fight Night 30 and will fight former Strikeforce 205-pound champ Mousasi, who won his UFC debut in April. The bout will be Mousasi’s return to the middleweight division.
*UFC 170 Live from Las Vegas: Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Glover Teixeira – Saturday, Feb. 22
UFC light heavyweight Jones will put his belt on the line against Teixeira. Jones won the 205-pound title in 2011 and has successfully defended his title six consecutive times, a UFC record. Teixeira boasts a 20-fight win streak, among his 22 career wins are 13 knockouts and six submissions. They will enter the cage at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
UFC Fight Night from London: Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson vs. Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa – Saturday, Mar. 8
Undefeated Manuwa will enter the Octagon against Gustafsson, who nearly pulled off an upset against Jon Jones at UFC 165. Manuwa is known as a fearsome striker and this fight is expected to be a big leap for the fighter in his career. Gustafsson is a 33-year-old powerhouse who joined UFC in late 2012 and collected three consecutive victories.
About Cabo Wabo Cantina:
Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue combines the laid-back beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip. Blending coastal Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine, the menu offers a tantalizing mix of flavorful food, killer margaritas and as awesome venue where it is never uncommon to catch the Red Rocker himself jamming out with a live set on stage. Cabo Wabo Cantina opens daily at 8 a.m. More information about Cabo Wabo Cantina is available at www.cabowabocantina.com, 702.385.2226, by following Cabo Wabo Cantina on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cabowabolv, Instagram at www.instagram.com/cabowabolv and liking Cabo Wabo Cantina on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cabowabovegas . For more information about Sammy Hagar, please visit www.redrocker.com and www.sammyandfriends.com
LAS VEGAS – Whether partygoers rock high-tops or low-tops, Commonwealth will ring in 2014 in style during the New Year’s Eve Chucks and Tux celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
The downtown cocktail bar will offer pre-sale entrance to the soiree, priced at $50. On New Year’s Eve sneaker-sporting guests will purchase entrance at the door, starting at $75. Partiers who wish to skip the line may purchase expedited entry, two drink tickets and rooftop access, priced at $100 per person. Revelers will also toast to the New Year with various table packages including the all-star package with VIP admission for four and two bottles of champagne, priced at $800.
The swanky party spot will also offer six VIP admission tickets and two bottles of champagne, priced at $1,000 for downstairs seating, and $1,400 for rooftop seating. Patrons who want to enjoy the ultimate rooftop experience can do so with admission for 15 and four bottles of champagne, priced at $3,100. All bottle service packages include New Year’s Eve swag and his and her top hats.
Located at 525 E. Fremont St., Commonwealth is open Wednesday through Friday from 6 p.m. to close and 8 p.m. to close on Saturday and Sunday. More information is available by calling 702.798.7000, at www.CommonwealthLV.com, on Facebook and on Twitter.
Recently named one of the “7 New Reasons to Hit Las Vegas,” by the New York Post, Commonwealth brings a stylish new social scene to the burgeoning bar district in Downtown Las Vegas. The swanky 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is a collision of art and architectural influences inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations; complete with its very own backroom speakeasy. Crystal chandeliers bring a touch of elegance to the overall design, which evokes a worn, industrial ambiance. The cocktail menu combines classic and progressive methods and ingredients to offer drinks like, “Men in Tights” and “Little Hot Mess,” that make an indelible impression. A rooftop bar offers an experiential setting with an urban brick feel and 360 degree views of downtown.
The hotel will be auctioning off a penthouse suite and all the frills for NYE 2013
This New Year’s Eve, Park Plaza County Hall London will be offering the opportunity to party like a rock star to one lucky bidder with their annual NYE party auction.
An email auction will provide the highest bidder with access to the penthouse suite with a serious view of London’s key landmarks and more importantly, the London fireworks at midnight. The winner will enjoy all the perks of the penthouse suite including; a selection of British canapés and six bottles of Moët et Chandon champagne.
Upon check-in to the hotel, the winner and a guest can prepare themselves for the big night ahead where up to 18 more of their own guests can join them for when the clock strikes twelve. After a night to remember, the winner and a guest will be treated to a full English breakfast served in-room followed by a leisurely check-out time of 1pm.
The auction will be open for bids from 28 November 2013 until midnight on 14 December 2013 and is open to anyone aged 18 or over and resident in a member state of the European Union. Participants can bid as many times as they like and there is no minimum bid.
To enter, participants must submit their name, telephone number and bid value in GBP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org before midnight on 14 December 2013. Late, incomplete or corrupt bid entries will not be accepted. No other method of entry will be accepted.
Be sure to get in on the fun by using Twitter hashtags #NYEPartyAuction #LondonNYE
More information and full terms and conditions can be found by visiting www.parkplaza.com/nye-penthouse-auction
Park Plaza County Hall London is perfectly located just south of Westminster Bridge overlooking the River Thames and is within walking distance of many of the city’s most famous attractions including the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the London Aquarium, the London Dungeon, National Theatre and the South Bank Centre.
This contemporary 4-star design hotel boasts 398 guest rooms, L’Italiano Restaurant serving great value classic Italian dishes, Spectrum Bar, six function rooms with natural daylight, an Executive Lounge, a fitness suite with sauna, steam and treatment rooms, and free Wi-Fi throughout.
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