Archive for January, 2011

CRYSTAL’S CRUISE SALE OFFERS NEW REDUCTIONS ON ALL FALL DEPARTURES

January 29, 2011

The Crystal Serenity at Sea. Crystal Cruises’ fall voyages are now on sale with newly reduced fares from as low as $2,400 per person (photo supplied by Crystal Cruises).

Crystal Cruises’ fall voyages are now on sale with newly reduced fares from as low as $2,400 per person and new Penthouse and Verandah savings up to $8,000 per couple.  Beginning with its August 26 Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Serenity and its first 2011 Canada/New England cruise on Crystal Symphony, Crystal is offering new savings on every one of its 22 fall cruises, including both Christmas/New Year departures.

Guests will still receive up to $2,000 per couple “All Inclusive–As You Wish” shipboard credits and free air from 20+ North American gateways, now including Honolulu.

Crystal’s fall cruise collection includes a first-class array of prime overseas and domestic vacations, including the romantic Mediterranean; culturally-rich Black Sea; exotic Canary Islands including Morocco; historic Holy Land; swinging Big Band Transatlantic sailing; fascinating Panama Canal; tropical Mexican Riviera and Caribbean; crisp, colorful New England and Canada; new luxury Pacific Coast escapes; and end-of-year holiday cruises to Hawaii and the Caribbean, with Panama Canal highlights.

The Crystal Experience offers a plethora of all-inclusive fine dining options, now incorporating new, flexible “Perfect Choice Dining” for choose-your-own-time dinner reservations.

For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

 

Family-Friendly Spring Break in Provence, France

January 29, 2011

Been there and done that?  This spring, embark on a fun and cultural five-night family-friendly getaway in the charming region of Provence, France.

Where: The refined rustic Hotel Crillon le Brave is one of France’s most notable boutique hotels. Just 90 minutes North of Marseille, it consists of seven beautifully restored stone houses dating from the 16th and 17th centuries, which are linked by bridges, cobblestone walkways and hidden courtyards. Families who book the package receive spacious accommodations in a two-bedroom Junior Suite.

What’s Included:

Fun for the Little Ones:

Learn to speak French with entertaining lessons and games.

Throw on a chef hat and make signature French desserts. Think chocolate mousse, crêpes and rice pudding!

See how baguettes and croissants are made at a local boulangerie and how olive oil is bottled at a nearby mill.

Discover the village of Crillon le Brave with a treasure hunt!

Fun for the Grown-ups:

Do you speak perfectly incomprehensible “franglais”? Surprise everyone by coming home able to parlez francais like the locals with our vacation-friendly French lessons.

Sip exquisite wines from the Rhône Valley, paired with savory regional cheeses.

Unwind with body therapies at the open-air spa (additional fee).

Fun Times Together:

Experience an authentic Provençal BBQ and participate in a petanque competition (one of Europe’s most popular outdoor games).

Relax with a pizza and movie night – soda for the kids and wine for the adults!

Play tennis on the nearby court or bicycle through the historic cobblestone streets.

Don’t miss: Kayaking on the Sorgue River, horseback riding around Mont Ventoux, or teeing off on one of the most scenic golf courses imaginable.

When:   April 17- 22 and April 25 – 29, 2011

Rate:  The five-night package costs €2,290 for a family of four.

How to Book: Email reservations@crillonlebrave.com or call +33 (0)4 90 65 61 61.

‘Escape to Spice Island Beach Resort’ Promo Extended

January 28, 2011

Tucked away on spectacular Grand Anse Beach, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine tropical gardens and offers a wide choice of suites, a culinary program that is a talking point of the island, a world-class spa and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere ((c) 2008 DeHoog)

 

Grenada Resort Spices Up Guests’ Stays With $100 Credit Per Adult Through April 15, 2011

The launch of Caribbean Airlines non-stop service to Grenada twice a week from New York has sparked great interest in the destination’s premiere ultra-luxurious hideaway, Spice Island Beach Resort. As a result, the chic property – which is also accessible from gateways nationwide through Delta and American Airlines’ hubs in New York and Miami – has extended its Escape to Spice Island Beach Resort promotion offering a $100 resort credit, per adult, for quests staying a minimum seven nights.

The promotion is applicable to guests staying for seven nights or longer on the resort’s Fully-Inclusive Plan or Modified American Plan (includes breakfast and dinner) now through April 15, 2011.

Spice Island Beach Resort's lavish 5,600-square-foot Janissa’s Spa (photo by Michael DeHoog)

Resort credit can be redeemed at the resort’s boutique shops as well as the lavish 5,600-square-foot Janissa’s Spa. Offering manicures and pedicures, massages as well as body polishes and scrubs incorporating local ingredients like nutmeg, seaweed, aloe vera and coconut, the full-service spa also features a salon for hairstyling, waxing and other services, a sauna, outdoor Jacuzzi, separate men’s and women’s lockers, four air-conditioned treatment rooms with exterior rain showers, an outdoor sunken whirlpool bath, an open-air couples massage room, and a relaxation lounge overlooking a tranquil reflection pool.

Additionally, guests who select the Modified American Plan can use their resort credit at the Sea & Surf Bar for cocktails or mid-day snacks as well as more elaborate lunch options at Oliver’s Restaurant and 24-hour room service (all of which is included at no additional charge for guests on the Fully Inclusive Plan).

Unused resort credit will be refunded to guests at check-out translating to additional savings for guests who do not indulge in shopping or spa treatments.

Tucked away on spectacular Grand Anse Beach, just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by pristine tropical gardens and offers a wide choice of suites, a culinary program that is a talking point of the island, a world-class spa and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

The resort has received a number of recent accolades including Virgin Holidays’ “Gold Distinction” as the # 1 property in the operator’s Platinum Collection of exclusive hotels and resorts worldwide – an honor bestowed upon the resort for the last five years in a row. Spice Island Beach Resort was also voted “Gold” by the discerning readers of Condé Nast Traveler in the magazine’s 2010 Reader’s Choice Awards and has received the coveted AAA Four Diamond® Award for the past seven consecutive years.

Attention to detail is found in each of the resort’s 64 elegantly appointed suites – which include six Luxury Almond Pool Suites and seven Anthurium Pool Suites. Suites are designed with contemporary Caribbean décor and feature a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel television with cable, Italian Frette bathrobes and linens (some of the softest and smoothest available), DVD and CD player with iPod docking station, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, ceiling fan, complimentary in-room Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges, patio or balcony, and other luxurious amenities.

Taking advantage of Grenada’s abundance of exotic spices, local fruits and vegetables, Spice Island Beach Resort’s culinary program is one of the world’s finest. Oliver’s Restaurant offers an extensive daily table d’hotel menu with seven-course meals served in an elegant, open-air, beach front environment.

To book the Escape to Spice Island Beach Resort offer, consult your local travel agent, contact Spice Island Beach Resort directly at 473-444-4258 or e-mail reservations@spiceisle.com.  A minimum of seven nights must be booked to qualify for this offer.

Spice Island Beach Resort

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program. The resort is also currently celebrating its newly acquired status at the first Grenada property in the Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property. Visit http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort at tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

City of David in Jerusalem offers nighttime tours

January 27, 2011

Nighttime tours of the City of David are now available (photo by Max Richardson).

Nighttime tours of the City of David followed by a 3D movie of Jerusalem’s history are now available every Thursday evening to travelers visiting Jerusalem. The tour features stunning lighting displays focusing on the newest archeological discoveries from the Biblical period, as well as harp music in the King’s Garden.

“The City of David in Jerusalem is a breathtaking and exquisite place to visit,” said Haim Gutin, Tourism Commissioner, North and South America. “A site where most of the Bible was written and where the only guide book needed is the Bible itself.”

For more information and tickets, visit http://www.cityofdavid.org.il . For more information about travel to Israel, visit http://www.EvangelicalIsraelExperience.com.

World Nomad’s 2011 Travel Writing Scholarship Contest Takes Winner On a 22-Day Work and Play Assignment in Turkey

January 24, 2011

SYDNEY, Australia:

Rough Guides and active travel company BikeHike Adventures is accepting applications from aspiring travel writers to enter an essay contest themed around travel. The winning entrant can kick start their travel writing career by going on an assignment with a Rough Guides author to Istanbul, Turkey.

Candidates, 18 and older, can be journalism students, emerging and non-professional writers or even lovers of travel looking for a career change. Applications will be accepted until the March 28, 2011 deadline.

One person will be selected to travel, all-expenses paid, to Istanbul to work with Terry Richardson, author of The Rough Guide to Istanbul, as he researches a new edition of his book.

Prior to meeting and working with Terry, the winner will enjoy total immersion into Turkish culture. BikeHike Adventures will provide a delicious buffet of multi-sport activities on their 12-Day Turkish Delight tour highlighting most of Turkey’s iconic gems. The trip includes exploring the fairytale landscape of Cappadocia by mountain bike, foot and horseback, strolling through Istanbul visiting the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and Palace and sea kayaking on the Mediterranean past ancient ruins.

For complete details and easy online entry please visit WorldNomads.com. Travel will take place from June 7 to June 28, 2011.

Entrants must have a high degree of proficiency in written English, be comfortable doing some travel on their own, be at least 18 years old, have a current passport and be an exceptional writer with a lust for adventure travel and a burning desire to be a professional travel writer.

To apply entrants will be asked to write a maximum 500 word travel-focused essay based on a personal experience around one of the following themes: Responsible Travel, Journey in an Unknown Culture or My Big Adventure.

The winner of the scholarship contest, along with the best entries received will be published on the WorldNomads.com website on April 28th, 2011.

About WorldNomads.com World Nomads is a travel services company that’s in the business of helping independent travelers stay safe and stress-free on the road. It provides global travel safety products (travel insurance) and services to travelers from over 150 countries around the world. From great value travel insurance, travel safety advice, language guides and free online travel journals, WorldNomads.com provides the tools to keep clients travelling safely.

All clients can donate to a community development project when purchasing travel insurance through the Footprints Charity program. WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurance companies. For more information visit WorldNomads.com.

Gap Adventures Announces 2011 Cuba Trips

January 24, 2011

President Obama eased restrictions on "purposeful" travel to Cuba, facilitating the ability for religious, civic and academic groups from the U.S. The Administration stated, "These measures will increase people-to-people contact; support civil society in Cuba; enhance the free flow of information to, from, and among the Cuban people; and help promote their independence from Cuban authorities." Photo of Viva Cuba Libre sign, which means long live free Cuba, supplied by Gap Adventures.

While ice and snow pile up across North America, United States relations with Cuba are thawing. Gap Adventures (www.GapAdventures.com), a leading adventure travel company based in Toronto, Canada,, announced details of its 2011 trips to the island, which offer travelers the chance to soak up the sun and immerse in Cuba’s culture while changes within and outside the country continue. Offering unique homestay options, the most competitive pricing in the industry, and only local Cuban guides, the adventure tour operator expects a significant increase in bookings to Cuba.

“Our travelers rely on us to provide unique, life-changing travel experiences, and this is an ideal time for adventure seekers to take advantage,” says Gap Adventures founder Bruce Poon Tip. “Not only is the world view of Cuba changing, but Cuba is changing dramatically and rapidly, so opportunities are fleeting to experience the island at this exciting juncture,” Poon Tip adds.

Gap Adventures offers affordable trips of 8, 9, and 15 days for active travelers seeking off the beaten path experiences away from resorts or large groups. In 2011, the company continues its commitment to changing people’s lives with local homestays and competitive pricing.

“Through homestays our travelers connect directly with a local family by enjoying meals and staying overnight at their home,” says Leah Griffin, Destination Manager, Central America & Caribbean. Griffin says that it is an immersive cultural experience that few travelers get to know.

Travelers can explore the island for 8 days on either the Cuba Libre (CCL) or Central Cuba Adventure (CCCA). While both offer ample time in nature and at the beach, the Central Cuba trip provides more time to relax on Cuba’s famed white beaches. Travelers on the Cuba Libre trip can explore the world-famous Robaina tobacco plantation, walk through the pincushion hills, and wander amongst orchids and lush mountain coffee plantations during this week-long tour through the ‘Garden Province’ of Cuba. Both trips include a local homestays with Cuban families and options to snorkel crystal clear waters full of colorful coral and walk the footsteps of pirates along the Guanahacabibes Peninsula.

Gap Adventures’ 9-day Cuba Explorer (CCCE) trip offers travelers the chance to tour bustling Havana in a vintage car, explore natural Cuba, and take in some historic sites on this comfort service level adventure. In addition to tobacco plantations, travelers can visit the Che monument and take a guided tour on the cobblestone streets of Trinidad.

“The music in Cuba is mind-blowing, and our CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) are passionate about their culture and having a great time, so they know the best places for great live music,” Griffin says. Optional salsa dancing lessons get people on their feet, where they can dance with locals for a truly memorable experience.

Another great way to leave behind the manicured resorts of Varadero and discover the real Cuba is on Gap Adventures’ 8-day Cycle Cuba (CCB). Active travelers can get their blood pumping while biking in the El Rosario mountain ranges, walking in pirate footsteps, and relaxing in the sun on some of Cuba’s most incredible beaches. This tour of the less-travelled western side also includes rum sampling at a distillery, a tour of a tobacco operation, and plenty of time to walk and relax in Havana.

For travelers with more time Gap Adventures offers a 15-day Cuba Colonial (CCC) adventure. In addition to salsa dancing with the locals in Santiago and Baracoa, the heart and soul of the county’s music, travelers can bond with the Cuban people during meals and 10 homestay nights. This trip has plenty of options for all tastes and interests, including snorkelling at Ancon Beach, live music at the Casa de la Trova, the Revolution Museum, and hiking in Topes de Collantes National Park.

For more than 20 years Gap Adventures has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to authentic, small group adventure travel. The company offers a wide array of features and benefits (http://www.gapadventures.com/about-us/why-travel-with-gap-adventures/) for seasoned globetrotters and those new to adventure travel, from the industry’s first lifetime deposits, to industry-leading 24/7 service, no single supplements, a commitment to sustainable tourism, and opportunities for travelers to give back and support sustainable development projects in the places they visit.

Already, one million of the two million international visitors to Cuba annually are from Canada.

The Obama administration issued new rules easing restrictions on US citizens travelling to Cuba. The changes, which do not require Congressional approval, will be enacted within two weeks. The measures will allow eligible students and academics; religious, and other NGO’s to  conduct “purposeful” travel to the island. This could ultimately set the stage for the administration to lift the decades-old travel ban, enabling individuals and tourists to travel.

The first Cuban Communist Party Congress in 14 years will take place in April, and many expect Cuba’s Congress to authorize the first major overhaul of the island’s Soviet-style economic model in 50 years, which could create opportunities to increase tourism.

About Gap Adventures

Gap Adventures is a world leader in the adventure travel industry offering small group adventures on all seven continents and beyond to more than 100,000 global travelers annually. The award-winning trips, which focus on culture, nature and active travel, are ideal for those with a sense of adventure – people who want to leave the beaten path and authentically immerse themselves in a local culture or environment to experience the real world in a sustainable manner. Demonstrating its ongoing cultural, social and economic commitment to responsible tourism, Gap Adventures established the Planeterra Foundation, as a way the company and its passengers can give back to the communities visited. For more information, visit www.gapadventures.com and www.planeterra.org.

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Mount Snow is First Ski Resort on Foursquare Social Networking Site

January 24, 2011

Mount Snow, Vermont, has become the first ski resort to form a partnership with foursquare social network.

Mount Snow has entered into a partnership with foursquare, becoming the first ski resort to launch a brand page and badge campaign on the popular social network.  Foursquare is a location based mobile platform makes areas easier to explore and provides deals and prizes for users “checking in” to their venues.  Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues that they want to visit. Foursquare is rolling its service out to only about 15 ski resorts, with only a few on board at the moment.

Out of all the ski resorts in North America, why start with Mount Snow?  “Because we’re awesome! (ok, and the foursquare founders are pass holders here),” said Dan Gullotti, Mount Snow Interactive Marketing Manager.  In one day 250 people followed Mount Snow, within 48 hours that number jumped to nearly 5000.

“My brother [foursquare Co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley] and I have been visiting Mount Snow for years, so we’re especially excited to see our home mountain putting so much effort behind their foursquare tips, Specials and badge promotion,” said Jonathan Crowley, Director of Business Development for foursquare. “We’re confident this partnership will give foursquare users some extra incentives to visit one of the best mountains in the east.”

On Thursday January 20th guests checking in at the main base lodge could visit the Marketing Office and receive a free Carinthia beanie.  Specials will be active in Mount Snows various venues, including food & beverage outlets, tubing, retail shops and the naturespa.

Bragging rights go to those who are able to unlock the Mount Snow badge but perhaps the biggest battle is for the right to be Mayor, which will include a major perk; a reserved parking spot!

Be sure to continually check into Mount Snow venues to unlock specials at Cuzzin’s, Station Tap Room, the Snow Barn, Backside Snowboards and more.  To friend Mount Snow on foursquare go to www.foursquare.com/mountsnow.

Luxury Tour Operator Organizes Dives to the Titanic by Submersible Vehicle

January 23, 2011

Luxury  tour operator Luxury and More Travel is offering a rare opportunity to view the Titanic by submersible, diving down to the 12,500-foot depth.

You don’t need any particular skills to join the expeditions, which will take place in the weather window of April-September 2012.

There are no general restrictions on who can travel, but the final decisions are made by the expedition organisers. All those wishing to travel would have to be medically and physically able to do so.

The cost for dive participants on the expedition is $59,900 dollars per person, and for non-dive personnel $10,000 per person with shared cabin occupancy.

Here’s the way the journey will unfold:

Day 1: Arrive St. John’s, Newfoundland: Expedition participants arrive independently into St. John’s, Newfoundland throughout the day. Transfers are independent to the hotel overlooking St. John’s harbour (15 minutes from the airport; there is a shuttle or taxi) The airport shuttle ride takes approximately 15 minutes to the hotel, please take a taxi or shuttle from the airport. At 7 pm., there is an opportunity to meet other dive participants and expedition leader for an orientation and casual briefing over a meal at the hotel restaurant. Alternatively you may wish to choose a local restaurant for dinner on your own.

Day 2: St. John’s/At Sea: Enjoy most of today in the quaint town of St Johns, Newfoundland. Mid-afternoon board the support ship and set sail on the exciting journey towards the Titanic wreck site, lying in international waters 380 miles to the southeast of Newfoundland. You meet at 3 pm at the hotel lobby for transfer to the support ship. The support ship departs at 5 p from the port of St. Johns.

Day 3: At Sea, en route Titanic site: While at sea, you will have time to explore the support ship, and meet the explorers, scientists, submersible pilots and other staff.

Lectures and briefings by on-board experts will help prepare for the 12,500-foot dive (approximately 3,750 meters) to the most famous shipwreck in the world. You will board the submersibles for an orientation session to become familiar with the surroundings. Meals prepared by first-class Western chefs are enjoyed in the Captain’s mess hall. On deck there are good opportunities to observe many species of seabirds, and possibly dolphins and whales.

Days 4-10: Arrival at Titanic site/Dives to the RMS Titanic Sea conditions permitting, the group arrives at the Titanic site in the morning of day 4, and the dives will commence. Your dive to the Titanic will be made aboard either the MIR I or MIR II submersibles, each holding two participants and a pilot. These vessels are capable of reaching ocean depths of 20,000 feet (6,090m). The dives are subject to weather conditions, with time allotted for a rest period, and the captain will schedule the dives.

Prior to the actual dives, participants will attend a final briefing with the pilots. Launching of MIR I and II will be staggered, but it is expected that they will both be at the wreck site together.

Dives can take place both in daytime and night time depending on prevailing conditions. Group members will be able to observe and photograph the operation from a good vantage point and will be updated regularly on the progress and route of the submersibles, and they will get a chance to visit the Navigation Room to hear the communication with the submersibles.

Dives involving expedition participants are interspersed with dives for the on-board scientists at the discretion of the Expedition Leader. There are ongoing post- dive celebrations, and time for informal socializing. Enjoy lectures and discussions with deep ocean explorers and scientists, and take advantage of the ship’s library and video facilities.

Day 11: Departing Titanic site, en route St Johns, Newfoundland Our final day at the Titanic wreck site. The support ship will depart the wreck site bound for St Johns, Newfoundland later today

Day 12: En route St Johns, Newfoundland: As the support ship sails back in the direction of St. John’s, enjoy informal discussions and recaps with expedition leaders, tour the laboratories to watch scientists at work, and reflect on your incredible diving achievement. Weather permitting a farewell barbecue with your fellow divers, the MIR submersible team and the crew of the support ship will be held on the outside deck.

Day 13: Arrival St Johns, Newfoundland and Disembarkation A morning arrival to St Johns Newfoundland. After breakfast on board, disembark in St. Johns. (B) 08:00 Disembarkation of the support ship and independent arrangements begin.

Weather delays during dive days could possibly extend the expedition, therefore it is strongly suggested that you do not schedule any important appointments until after day 14. Alternatively if the expedition encounters good weather the support ship may return to St Johns slightly earlier than scheduled. In this instance passengers may remain aboard the vessel in the port of St Johns until disembarkation on the morning of their agreed departure.

Bookings and deposits will be accepted in April this year. The diving order is determined by the order in which participants pay up in full for their dive.

The deposit schedule is $10,000 as an initial deposit;  $20,000 due by September 30, and $29,900 due 150 days prior to the expedition.

If a participant cancels after the initial deposit and before September 30th 2011, a non-refundable booking fee of $2500 will be retained.

If a participant cancels after September 30th and before 150 days prior to their expedition, 50% of the monies shall be refunded.

If a participant cancels within 150 days of the expedition, no refunds are due.

All potential participants are strongly recommended to have trip cancellation insurance in place.

On the night of April 14, 1912, a clear moonless night in the north Atlantic, the world’s most famous and largest passenger liner, labeled “unsinkable” by its owners, the White Star Line, struck an iceberg at 11:40 pm. At 2:17 am Titanic’s huge stern heaved up into the air, where she broke apart, and began her plunge to the ocean floor some two-and-a-half miles below. On that ride of death to her final resting place, she took with her 1,558 passengers and crew still clinging to her decks. The lifeboats had departed with only 650 persons aboard, and with only 55 people surviving the icy waters of the north Atlantic, the number saved from over 2,200 souls on board was only 705 persons.

Luxury and More Travel is also giving participants a special item of Titanic tableware china, exclusively reproduced by the original manufacturers of Titanic’s original china for her “A la Carte Dining Room,” as a memento of their journey.

For more information contact +44(0) 7971 224 671, e: david@luxuryandmoretravel.com, visit the website, www.luxuryandmoretravel.com/ or  www.facebook.com/pages/Nottingham/Luxury-and-more-Travel/138841356144169.

Christy Sports Facilitates Online Reservations for Ski/Snowboard Rentals

January 21, 2011
Keystone Mountain Resort, Colorado

No matter where you ski or snowboard, having quality, well-fitting boots and equipment can make all the difference in the experience © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The mountain slopes are crowded this season, and whether you are an occasional skier or snowboarder and don’t have your own equipment, or you don’t want to pay airline fees to transport them and want to use this opportunity to demo the latest equipment, you should consider making an online reservation so not to be disappointed about not being able to get the equipment you want.

No matter if you are skiing in Vermont, Colorado, Utah or Maine, Christy Sports, a ski and snowboard retailer with more than 40 locations throughout the Rocky Mountains, has created a national network of affiliate ski rental shops that serves as a resource for booking ski and snowboard rentals. So no matter where you ski, the Christy Sports Rental Network can serve as a one-stop shop for coast-to-coast ski rentals and so you can ditch the hassle of airline baggage fees and hauling your own equipment.

The best brands and equipment including: K2, Rossignol, Burton, Nordica, Salomon, Volkl, Lange, Ride and Dynastar are available through the network. When you make reservations more than 24-hours in advance, you can qualify for discounts from 10 to 20 percent off, depending on affiliate store location. The Christy Sports locations will also honor its Kids Ski-Free program, where one child under 12 receives a free rental package with the purchase of an adult 4-day rental package at Christy Sports and Door 2 Door locations.

To make a rental reservation, visit http://rental.christysports.com/index.php. You can select your desired location to rent skis; once the store is selected, you can make an online reservation.

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Orlando World Center Marriott Resort Offers Golf Package

January 7, 2011

Hit the greens and enjoy unlimited championship golf at Hawk’s Landing Golf Club located at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, where the Stay and Play Golf Package is in full swing! Available from $224 per room, per night through November 30, 2011 the package includes:

 

  • One night’s deluxe accommodations
  • Unlimited daily golf for two
  • Breakfast buffet for two in Solaris restaurant
  • Kids 15 and under play free with parents after 3:00 pm

 

Footsteps from the resorts atrium lobby, the immaculate 6,600-yard, par-71 Hawk’s Landing Golf Club wraps around the resort’s 200 tropical acres. This beautiful Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary engineered by acclaimed architect Robert E. Cupp Jr. boasts four sets of tees, modern architectural techniques and water on 15 of the 18 holes providing a fun and challenging round for players of all abilities. Prior to hitting the links, warm-up at the extensive practice facility, or schedule a private lesson at the Bill Madonna Golf Academy, which is under the tutelage of Bill Madonna, named a Top 100 Golf Teacher by Golf magazine.

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort offers guests with active lifestyles six distinctive pools ranging from the lagoon pool with its’ 106-foot curvy waterslide, cascading waterfalls and grotto; secluded spa pool; indoor pool; two children’s pools, and six whirlpool spas. Experience the full service Spa; lighted tennis courts; basketball and volleyball courts and 10 diverse restaurants and lounges including a food court, and a Starbucks® for golfers on the go.

The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is located 1 1/2 miles from Walt Disney World® and just minutes from SeaWorld® Orlando, Discovery Cove®, Aquatica™, and Universal Studios® Orlando. For more information or reservations, call 888-99-World and ask for rate code GOF, or visit www.marriottworldcenter.com.

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