January 27, 2015 on 10:27 am | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Spring Break | Comments Off

LAS VEGAS –Enjoying spring break won’t mean breaking the bank this season as TREVI Italian Restaurant, located inside The Forum Shops at Caesars, will offer affordable food and drink specials from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

Visitors may enjoy $6 TREVI Bites including tomato bruschetta, fresh stuffed mushrooms, fried calamari, eggplant crisps, homemade meatballs and mini stuffed cheeseburgers.

TREVI will also offer an array of drink specials including $4 classic frozen bellinis made with a refreshing blend of peach nectar, sparkling wine, light rum and peach purée; $5 bottled beers including Bud Light, Budweiser, Coors Light, Corona, Miller Lite and Peroni; $6 wines by the glass such as chardonnay, pinot grigio, cabernet sauvignon, Chianti and merlot; and $7 signature martinis including the pomegranate cosmo, Italian marga-tini, blue-tini and limone martini.

TREVI also offers 32-ounce “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign souvenir cups for $15 at the walk-up gelato bar. Guests may choose from the frozen bellini, strawberry daiquiri and piña colada flavor cocktails. Refills are priced at $10 and regular cups are also sold for $10 each.


TREVI is located at the heart of The Forum Shops at Caesars next to the ‘Fountain of the Gods.’ TREVI has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” for Italian cuisine by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The restaurant offers classic and contemporary Italian fare, a gelato bar featuring fresh gelato made daily and a dynamic atmosphere. Through a recent acquisition by Landry’s Inc., TREVI has introduced an entirely new menu by executive chef, Peter Scaturro, new cocktails and more to showcase the stunning restaurant. The laid-back restaurant and bar is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. until midnight on Friday and Saturday. More information and reservations are available on TREVI’s website or by calling 702.735.4663. Follow TREVI on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TREVILV.


Landry’s, Inc. is a national, diversified restaurant, hospitality and entertainment company principally engaged in the ownership and operation of high end and casual dining restaurants, primarily under the names of Landry’s Seafood House, Rainforest Cafe, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant, Chart House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Claim Jumper and Saltgrass Steak House as well as a fine dining signature group of restaurants: Mastro’s Restaurants, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony’s, Oceanaire, Grotto, Willie G’s and others. The Company is also engaged in the ownership and operation of gaming, hospitality and entertainment businesses, including the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada, Atlantic City and Biloxi, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, the Kemah Boardwalk, the San Luis Resort Complex, and the Downtown Aquariums in Denver and Houston. Landry’s, Inc. and Tilman Fertitta’s affiliated companies generated approximately $3 billion in revenues in 2013.

Hawaii: New hotel villa developments

January 15, 2015 on 2:02 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Spa Resorts, Sports Travel, Spring Break, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

Home General 160 600Situated on North Kaanapali Beach, Maui, The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas completed its multi-million dollar renewal project of its guestrooms in December 2014. The extensive renovations across the 26-acre resort included exterior painting, new carpeting in hallways and guestrooms, black-out drapes and sheers, lighting fixtures, dining tables and chairs, televisions, sleeper sofa, interior lounger, bar stools and more. WestinKaanapali.com

The new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Oahu’s North Shore is currently being built adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. Expected to open mid-2015, the 144-room hotel will feature an upscale pool, a bistro, and meeting space. The two and three-floor hotel is part of a vision to revitalize and sustain the Koolau Loa region. Marriott.com/CourtyardOahuNorthShore

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay introduced new radio-frequency identification (RFID) wristbands for room access. Although the resort will still provide old fashioned key cards, the sleek high-tech wristbands are ideal for outdoor activities on the island, including snorkeling, surfing, SNUBA, hiking, horseback riding, golfing, and swimming. The bands currently operate for key entry only, but food and beverage, spa, and other retail charging privileges are on the horizon. FourSeasons.com/ManeleBay

Undergoing its largest renovation since opening nearly half a century ago, the Kauai Museum in Lihue will add a second level office building complete with an elevator and open-air walkways to connect all three buildings. The new developments will help to create easier access to the museum’s upper levels and provide additional space for educational and research components. Additionally, the museum will incorporate indigenous plants into the surrounding landscape and complete a total re-design of the permanent exhibits to better portray “The Story of Kauai.” KauaiMuseum.org

Ala Moana Center, the world’s largest outdoor shopping center, is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion project to redevelop the Ewa (west) wing of the center into an expanded three-level retail space, totaling 650,000 square feet. Located on Oahu, the expansion project will include a 167,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s department store, large format retailers, dining, entertainment, 200,000 square feet of inline retailers, and more than 1,000 parking stalls in the mauka (inland) Ewa parking structure. AlaMoanaCenter.com

Starting construction this year, West Oahu will welcome Ka Makana Alii, a 1.4 million-square-foot regional mall managed by DeBartolo Development.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe mixed-used center will include some of the world’s largest fashion retailers such as Macy’s, H&M, Forever 21, and three of Gap Inc. brands Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic, as well as Hawaii’s first Hampton Inn & Suites. The new mall will also feature more than 150 shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings, a department store, and LEED-certified office space. Phase one of Ka Makana Alii is scheduled to open in 2016. KaMakanaAlii.com

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa introduced its newest restaurant, Black Rock Kitchen designed for family and friends to gather, share great food, and talk story. Emphasizing the importance of ohana (family) and aina (meal), the locally inspired menu selections at Black Rock Kitchen incorporate these concepts into every dish. Additionally, the restaurant features a craft cocktail, beer and wine menu highlighting local spirits and island flavors. Sheraton-Maui.com/Dining

Cupcake and sandwich shop by day turned lively bar at night, Bethel Street Tap Room opened in downtown Honolulu, serving up drinks, provisions, and sweets. The tasty menu includes sandwiches like the bacon cheeseburger dip, a thick, hot dip of melty cheese and ground beef topped with crispy bacon and served with both French bread and potato chips, as well as hearty appetizers, cupcakes, and inventive cocktails and brews. Patrons can also munch on homemade pickles and complimentary bacon during happy hour. BethelTap.com

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Allegro Cozumel Resort Reopens

January 5, 2015 on 3:14 pm | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Cancun Cozumel Yucatan, Mexico, Scuba Diving, Sports Travel, Spring Break | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowOccidental Hotels & Resorts’ Cozumel Property Welcomes Guests

Occidental Hotels & Resorts is pleased to announce the Allegro Cozumel resort officially reopens to guests on Friday, December 19, 2014, just in time for the holiday season. Following significant renovations, the resort is once again welcoming guests to have a fun-filled Allegro experience on the beautiful island of Cozumel, Mexico.

“Reopening in time for the 2014 holiday season is the perfect opportunity for returning and first-time guests to experience Allegro Cozumel’s new-and-improved lobby, restaurants, programing and more,” said Jaime Buxó, Managing Director of Occidental Hotels & Resorts. “This resort has always catered to an array of guests, from families to couples, and the rejuvenation of Allegro Cozumel’s facilities along with new programming will surely enhance the guest experience.”

Upon arrival, guests can experience a revitalized lobby area boasting a design scheme that celebrates the region. Evoking a Yucatan hacienda with minimalistic yet distinct textures and colors, the new lobby reflects the natural beauty surrounding the resort.

El Topaz, the buffet-style restaurant, features a brand new buffet, while El Oriental, the property’s à la carte Asian restaurant, has been completely redesigned with large teppanyaki tables and a self-service sushi bar to complement the restaurant’s diverse menu. The resort is also introducing a brand new à la carte restaurant, The Italian, which is open for dinner and captures the essence of an art gallery with decorative murals, extravagant curtains and mirrors displayed on the walls.

Sports fans on property can enjoy access to the resort’s first Sports Bar located near the main lobby and featuring a two-in-one concept, both an open lounge area with high-top tables and a section of private booths. Allegro Cozumel’s guests ages 13 to 17 years-old will delight in the brand new Teens Club, the watersports-themed room featuring game tables and consoles for various activities. The newly built Disco Bar features DJ music from around the world, where guests can dance the night away.

Among the brand new areas on property are also a spa and fitness center, tennis courts, theater and more. New and enhanced guest experiences include daily activities and programming by the pool and beach areas, non-motorized watersports and a complete PADI five-star dive center.

Situated on the celebrated Palancar Reef, one of the top dive destinations in the world, Allegro Cozumel is an ideal destination for dive enthusiasts of all levels to explore over 4,000 species of fish and 700 species of coral and sponges. Guests who are PADI certified divers, or equivalent, looking to maximize their diving can book the resort’s Ultimate Dive Experience package. This offer includes a variety of complimentary amenities such as accommodations in a Superior Premium Ultimate Dive Experience Room, a daily dive tank, access to a special in-room wetsuit drying rack, equipment storage and care exclusive check-in and check-out service, a private lounge to socialize and relax, in addition to discounts at the Dive shop.

Allegro Cozumel is an ideal all-inclusive resort for an array of guests ranging from couples and families alike. With its prime location overlooking the Mexican Caribbean Sea, unlimited meals and snacks at numerous restaurants and bars, refreshing pools, fitness facilities, nightly entertainment, and countless land and water sport activities including world-renowned scuba diving, there are plenty of options for guests to have their ideal vacation experiences.

For more information, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com.

Occidental Hotels & Resorts

For over 30 years, Occidental Hotels & Resorts has been one of the world’s leading hotel companies and one of the largest all-inclusive resort chains in the Americas, with properties in key destinations and under the various brands: Royal Hideaway, Occidental Grand, Allegro and Occidental City Hotels. Each property is perfectly suited to address leisure and corporate travel needs, from Royal Hideaway and Occidental Grand´s luxurious amenities to Allegro’s fun-filled packages and Occidental City Hotels metropolitan retreats. An exclusive component of all Occidental Grand properties, the “Royal Club” boasts boutique-style elements within the resorts including deluxe accommodations, private concierges, separate check-in and check-out and an exclusive Royal Club guest lounge and restaurant.

Across the company portfolio, the brand is dedicated to providing impeccable service and unique offerings to its guests – a philosophy that has come to be known as the “Occidental Experience.” Whether traveling as families, couples, friends or colleagues, guests can select from a number of programs, such as the Ultimate Dive Experience, Unlimited Xcaret Xperience or the expansive Destination Weddings Program, to receive extraordinarily memorable stays.

Today, Occidental Hotels & Resorts manages over 4,500 rooms in 14 hotels across six countries: Aruba, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti and Mexico. In addition to welcoming over 400,000 guests annually, the company’s timeshare concept, Occidental Vacation Club, includes more than 23,000 loyal travelers who have expanded their all-inclusive experiences through vacation ownership. For more information, please visit www.occidentalhotels.com

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Spring Into Queensland With a Raft of Sporting Events and New Tourism Products

November 21, 2014 on 8:09 am | In Australia, Beachbooker, Queensland, Sports Travel, Spring Break | Comments Off

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowNew thrill ride and slide for Dream world

Head spins are bound to happen when Dreamworld’s newest thrill ride, Tail Spin, opens this September and adds one more white-knuckle ride to the lineup of what is now Dreamworld’s Big 9 Thrill Rides.

A first of its kind in Australia, Tail Spin is made up of 12 mini rider-operated aeroplanes that not only hurl thrill seekers 22 metres into the sky, but also allow riders to customise their own manoeuvres and control the speed of each plane’s 360-degree spin. Manoeuvres range from gentle rocking to intense spirals that push the boundaries of adventure.

Dreamworld’s sister park, WhiteWater World, will also unveil the Triple Vortex water slide these school holidays. The 145-metre tube winds riders through dark serpentine tunnels and comes with a maximum drench factor of five, as rated by operators. Adrenaline chasers can slide through the three funnels on a two person raft to enjoy the rush together.

Both attractions are set to open on 20 September 2014 on the Gold Coast.

Further information:

Rates: Unlimited World Pass tickets are available online at $79.99 per child (3-13 years old/under 3 enter free) and $99.99 per adult.

W: www.dreamworld.com.au

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Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Launches Competition to Find Crew Member for a Day‏

May 27, 2014 on 11:51 am | In Abu Dhabi, Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Middle East, Sailing, Spring Break | Comments Off


Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Launches Competition to Find Crew Member for a Day

New York, NY (May 31, 2014) – For sailors the world over, there are few experiences higher on the ‘bucket list’ than the chance to be part of a Volvo Ocean Race team. And yet that’s exactly what Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) – the organization behind Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR), the emirate’s 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race entry – is offering an aspiring ‘Ian Walker in the making.’

‘Are you the Man for Azzam’ is a new competition that will run on ADOR’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/abudhabioceanracing) from June 1 until July 15, 2014, with ADOR Skipper Ian Walker looking for the perfect candidate to join his elite team for a day at the historic Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week regatta on the Isle of Wight in the UK.

“Rarely do sports fans have the chance to actually experience life as a professional athlete, but for one day later this year we are offering our fans just that,” said Walker, the Englishman who will be competing in his third Volvo Ocean Race later this year.

“One lucky amateur sailor is going to sail on our Volvo Ocean 65 – Azzam – one of the world’s most technologically advanced offshore racing yachts in a competitive race with my team, just two months before we start the next Volvo Ocean Race,” said Walker. “I hope the winner comes prepared to work hard and race to win.”

The ADOR competition is open to male sailors who are aged 18 or older by August 1, 2014. Beginning June 1, 2014, a competition app on the ADOR Facebook page will allow entrants to make their case for why they’re ‘The Man for Azzam.’ The public will vote for the person whose entry is the most compelling, and the top five voted entries will be reviewed by the team and TCA Abu Dhabi to choose the winner.

The winning ‘recruit,’ who must have sailing yacht experience to successfully compete, will join the ADOR crew aboard Azzam during the Artemis Challenge race at the Cowes Week regatta on August 7, 2014.

The Artemis Challenge is one of the highlights of the world-famous Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week regatta, pitting some of the fastest offshore racing yachts against each other as they race to circumnavigate the Isle of Wight as quickly as possible. For ADOR the race will be the team’s final competitive preparation before it embarks on the 1,802 nautical mile Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race (RBIR) three days later.

ADOR’s Emirati Trimmer / Helmsman, Adil Khalid, says the Artemis Challenge is a crucial part of the team’s development and training for the ‘main event’ later in the year.

“By August we should have over 10,000 sailing miles on Azzam under our belts and we will be fine tuning our race set-up with minds firmly focused on the Volvo start line in Alicante,” said the 26-year-old Khalid.

“Whoever is lucky enough to win this spot on Azzam in August will be part of a team on a mission,” said Khalid. “Our aim is to win the Artemis Challenge and the Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race a few days later, before we sail to Alicante at the end of the month. It is an incredible opportunity for an amateur sailor – if he brings his sea legs with him he’ll have an experience that will last a lifetime.”

The winner, as adjudicated by Ian Walker, will be announced on July 21, 2014.

For more information about Abu Dhabi, please visit http://visitabudhabi.ae . For more information about the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team or the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race, please visit www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com.

About Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority:

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programs relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The authority supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honor the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base. For more information, visit http://visitabudhabi.ae


March 20, 2014 on 10:58 am | In Beachbooker, Hawaiian Islands, Spring Break, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off


Hilton Grand Vacations (HGV) recently debuted its newest resort, Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club. Centrally located in the energetic hub of Waikiki, Oahu, the resort marks the final component of the Waikiki Beach Walk development, which is known for premier shopping, dining, and entertainment. Designed for sophistication, Hokulani Waikiki includes 143 one-bedroom suites featuring a distinctive Hawaii style, but with an urban, contemporary aesthetic. Cosmopolitan travelers can also enjoy the resort’s open-air, rooftop pool bar. www.US.HokulaniWaikiki.com

Aston at The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach (Maui) has unveiled its upgraded studio, one- and two-bedroom premium suites providing guests ultimate comfort and extravagance. The spacious and luxurious beachfront suites offer contemporary furnishings, ocean views, large private lanais, and comfortable entertainment areas. Guests also receive amenities catered to indulge the senses, including Maui-grown coffee, fresh-cut Maui pineapple, fresh orchids, and chocolates. www.AstonHotels.com

Four Seasons Resorts Lanai debuted its first full-service luxury airport lounge at Honolulu International Airport. The 1,000-square-foot lounge, located in the Island Air commuter terminal, will now welcome Four Seasons guests enroute to Lanai. Equipped with amenities including food, beverages, iPads, Wi-Fi access, charging stations, luggage holding areas, magazines, newspapers, and hi-def televisions, guests can retreat to the relaxing setting of convenience and comfort prior to stepping foot on Lanai. www.FourSeasons.com/Lanai

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa (Oahu) recently completed $21 million in renovations to its guest rooms and snack shop, and the construction of a new beach club. Inspired by contemporary Hawaiian design with modern touches, the new enhancements include a complete décor room refresh of 552 guest rooms and 36 suites of both the resort’s Tower and Diamond wings. The Tower wing’s renewal also included the creation of the new penthouse at the Moana floor, perched 21 floors above Waikiki Beach. The addition of the new beach club caters to discerning guests seeking the ultimate resort hospitality experience. www.MoanaSurfrider.com

Nobu Lanai, located at Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay launched a half-acre garden to welcome a variety of herbs and vegetables, including baby lettuce, squash, scallions, tomatoes, watermelon radish, red beets, carrots, green beans, asparagus, and cilantro. Fresh from the farm and grown organically, the ingredients make up 65 percent of what is used on the menu at Nobu. The produce is harvested daily to ensure freshness and the garden is cared for by Four Seasons staff led by executive chef Sean Mell. www.FourSeasons.com/ManeleBay

Travaasa Hana, Maui announced a new partnership with Marriott Maui Ocean Club in Lahaina, allowing guests of Maui Ocean Club to utilize their Vacation Club Points and redeem nights at the resort in east Maui. Rates at Travaasa Hana start at 1,000 Vacation Club Points per night for a Garden Suite or 1,500 Vacation Club Points per night for a Sea Ranch Cottage. Travaasa Hana will also provide a complimentary upgrade to the next room category to vacation club guests utilizing this partnership, upon availability. www.Travaasa.com/Hana or My-VacationClub.com

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa completed a transformation of 553 guest rooms and suites in the Ocean Tower of the 759-room beachfront resort. The multi-million dollar refresh project includes redesigned furnishings, modern decor and island inspired artwork, state-of-the-art electronics, and fresh flooring. The intuitive enhancements create vibrant energy amidst the beachfront resorts spectacular surroundings of legendary Kaanapali Beach and West Maui Mountains. www.WestinMaui.com


Buckle up and join The Groove Hawaii’s newest Formula 1 go-kart racing track and amusement hotspot located just outside of Waikiki. Oahu’s newest entertainment destination, The Groove offers numerous activities including go-kart races, driving clinics, outdoor climbing wall, Segway tours, indoor arcade and billiards lounge, private party rooms, and a full service restaurant. The Groove will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and patrons can utilize The Groove’s free shuttle bus available hourly from various locations in and around www.Waikiki.GrooveHawaii.com

Undergoing $57,000 of restoration services, the Battleship Missouri Memorial provides a new luster to enhance guests’ experiences of how officers of the retired USS Missouri lived while serving at sea. The 13 staterooms, known as “Officers County” have been restored to immaculate “inspection-ready” condition and appear as they did for the USS Missouri’s final mission on December 7, 1991. www.USSMissouri.org

Courtyard King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel (Hawaii Island) and Body Glove Cruises have partnered together to offer two fantastic cruise packages for added value and convenience. The sunset dinner cruise offers engaging historical narrative, live entertainment and an elaborate buffet dinner. For a morning activity, guests of the Kona Beach Hotel can also enjoy the Kona snorkel adventure, which includes a continental breakfast buffet, snorkel gear, and exclusive underwater snorkel time. www.KonaBeachHotel.com

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea has launched a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) Yoga class as part of its extensive list of fitness and wellness offerings. Following the island’s hottest fitness trend, SUP yoga combines the meditative art of yoga with the physical discipline of SUP to offer guests a truly innovative and unique experience, while absorbing the beauty of Maui at the same time. www.FourSeasons.com/Maui

Kaanapali Beach Hotel (Maui) is now offering a variety of new complimentary Hawaiian activities to its cultural program. Guests of the hotel can immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture and choose amongst scheduled programs such as ukulele and hula lessons, lei making, lauhala weaving, pineapple cutting, live Hawaiian music, nightly hula shows, and cultural garden tours. www.KBHMaui.com

Kohala Zipline (Hawaii Island) launched a convenient roundtrip shuttle service between its North Kohala course and all major Kona and Kohala resorts and hotels. Guests can choose either an early departure at 8:30 a.m., or late departure at 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Included in the shuttle service is a deli-style lunch with choice of sandwich, cookie, chips, and a soft drink. www.KohalaZipline.com

Koloa Zipline, the newest addition to Kauai Zipline Tours introduced its most challenging zipline adventure tour, the sunset zip. Highlights of the tour include flying through the jungle, soaring above the forest, and gliding across the water on over a mile and a half of exciting zip lines and beautiful scenery of South Kauai at sunset and into the twilight. The Koloa sunset zipline is a 3.5 to 4 hour tour and is offered daily at 5 p.m. www.KoloaZipline.com

With a blend of cultural, academic, and technical interests, Loko Ia, a new iPhone app built by a team of University of Hawaii Researchers, gives anyone the opportunity to take an interactive, multi-media fishpond tour and learn about Hawaii’s resources. Using GPS and location-based technologies, Loko Ia provides both walking and virtual tours of Heeia Fishpond, located on Oahu’s windward coast. The app, available on the iTunes App Store, also provides maps, data and visualizations of research the UH team is conducting. www.Hawaii.edu

Tasting Kauai created “A Taste of Kilohana” as an exclusive, guided food tour featuring a ride in an open-air train through the 105-acre orchard of the Kilohana Plantation in Kauai. The tour includes a Mai Tai workshop and an off-the-menu, three-course meal presented by Gaylord’s executive chef Todd Barrett in the private dining room of Wilcox Mansion. Guests can also disembark through the orchard feeding wild boar, goat, and chicken, while picking fruit from 50 varieties of exotic fruit trees. www.TastingKauai.com

Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore introduced its new engagement package incorporating the best in authentic North Shore locations and experiences for a once-in-a-lifetime proposal. Couples can enjoy a horseback ride along the breathtaking Kawela Bay, followed by a romantic private dinner, and ending with a memorable proposal celebration. Turtle Bay Resort will ensure every step of the proposal is seamless with an onsite photographer, ukulele musician, and hula dancer. New engagement packages are available for $1,018 per night for two with a three-night minimum in one of the resort’s luxurious beach cottages. WWW.TurtleBayResort.com


March 13, 2014 on 12:39 pm | In Southwest, Spring Break | Comments Off

In Scottsdale spring break isn’t just for college students. Scottsdale’s sunny weather and exciting new entertainment venues will make you feel young again this spring.

You may not be able to make it to Europe this spring break, but you can make it to Bottled Blonde Pizzeria and Beer Garden. At Bottled Blonde, which opened Jan. 29, you can enjoy contemporary Italian cuisine and a large variety of craft beers in a modern German bier garden setting. As you are served by waitresses dressed with a retro flair, enjoy the fresh air at one of the picnic-style tables adorning the 9,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space, complete with a covered patio.

While you may feel like jet-setting to Mexico, stop by Salty Senorita in Scottsdale instead. The local hangout has a revamped look and menu at its new location in downtown Scottsdale. When you arrive, sip on one of the 21 hand-crafted margaritas as you enjoy beach-inspired cuisine created by new executive chef, Brian Feirstein, You’ll munch on ingredients grown in the restaurant’s new open-air vegetable garden.

If you find yourself craving some American-style fun, swing by Derby Public House. Part-modern, part-vintage “American Gastropub,” this new spot greets your palate with Southern-inspired food and handcrafted cocktails, such as house-brewed “Bottled Cocktails” made to mimic dime-store soda fountains. Derby Public Housedoesn’t just offer food and drinks either. While there, gather with friends to play old-fashioned board games at your table or let loose with televised off-track betting, skee ball, basketball shootout or a giant sized Connect Four.

Charter Oak‏ Winery in Napa for spring break

March 12, 2014 on 8:55 am | In California, Dine Drink, San Francisco, Spring Break | Comments Off

When most people hear spring break, they immediately think tequila shots, a sun burn, and bad decisions. Charter Oak Winery in Napa Valley provides an opportunity to flip the college version of spring break on it’s head and try again as an adult. Offering an ideal destination for the experienced wine connoisseur and those seeking a culture-filled, intimate vacation, Charter Oak is more than just a winery, it’s a quant but rich destination that offers visitors an art-meets-artisan experience unlike any other in the region.

Here is a video of a recent tour group reminiscing about their experience: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8566nl46tz54h7k/CO%20Testimonial%20.mov 

To give you a bit more background, Charter Oak Winery is owned by husband and wife duo Rob and Layla Fanucci. The Fanucci family has been mastering the art of winemaking for four generations, using century-old winemaking equipment to create a variety of truly unique vintages. Receiving as many as 600 visitors per month during the high season, Charter Oak boasts an exquisite collection of vintage wines and houses the art studio of acclaimed artist, Layla Fanucci, which features her distinguished cityscape paintings (Fanucci sold 32 paintings in 2013). Travelers can expect a personal experience, free of crowds and rich with art, culture, tradition and delectable wines. Click here to view the many scenes of Charter Oak.

Florida top for spring break getaways

March 10, 2014 on 1:01 pm | In Beachbooker, Florida, Miami, Orlando, Spring Break, The Keys | Comments Off

Florida will not likely lose its top billing as a spring break hotspot anytime soon.

Visit Florida chief marketing officer Paul Phipps said visitor numbers in the first quarter of 2014 are on track to beat last year’s all-time high of 26.3 million.

He attributes this to the epic and seemingly never ending wintry weather still being experienced in the northeast.

“They’ve had winters like they haven’t had in a long time and we have really been the beneficiary of that,” he said.

The unusually cold weather has been widespread this year, also affecting the Deep South, and Florida destinations have experienced a surge in visits from neighboring states, he added.

Phipps also said it was families rather than college revelers driving record spring break numbers to the state.

Last month a report by Travelocity ranked South Florida as the number one spring break destination, based on booking data, with Orlando second, Fort Myers the fourth most popular, and Tampa-St Petersburg in eighth.


March 10, 2014 on 12:54 pm | In Beachbooker, Books Guidebooks, Hawaiian Islands, Spring Break, Surfing Resorts | Comments Off

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