Archive for February, 2011

Frelon’s Fabulous France Celebrates Royal Wedding with Royal Holiday at Private Estate in Burgandy

February 22, 2011

Frelon’s Fabulous France is honoring the joyous occasion of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton this April with their own eight-day “Royal Holiday” at the private ‘La Ferme de la Lochere’ estate in Burgundy – complete with a recreation of the wedding meal by Katherine Frelon, a successful chef with a litany of assignments that includes cooking for a member of the royal family.  From the Royal High Tea upon arrival to the farewell dinner, guests at the meticulously restored 400-year-old property, with accommodations for up to ten, enjoy the finer things in life.  Champagne during a hot air balloon ride, dining at Michelin-starred restaurants,  private wine tastings and several hands-on cooking experiences with Katherine, whose training included the Michelin-starred kitchens of Marc Meneau, are just a few of the examples.  Prices for the April 30-May 7, 2011, holiday are 1,895€ ($2,561)* per person, double.

Treats inspired from the best teashops in England and organic products from Prince Charles’ own farm accompany the Royal High Tea, setting the tone for the week.  Guests receive insider access to several local places of interest: the magnificent Abbey of Fontenay, exclusive wine tastings at some of the most renowned vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits, a privately guided tour of the opulent Hospice de Beaune, and a cooking demonstration and lunch with award-winning chef Laurent Peugeot at Michelin-starred Le Charlemagne.  There are tours of the Vineyard of Flavigny, the town of which hosted the filming of Chocolat; lunch at the three Michelin-starred restaurant Bernard Loiseau; visits to the colorful markets of Dijon; and trips to the medieval town of Semur-en-Auxois and the charming Chateauneuf-en-Auxois.  Several cooking lessons throughout – each incorporating seasonal ingredients (a great time of year for mushrooms) — culminate in the recreation of the royal wedding meal for the farewell dinner.

Rates for the holiday include accommodation; all meals prepared on the property; culinary instruction and ingredients; transfers to and from the Montbard train station; attractions specified in the itinerary; set menus designed with seasonal ingredients by the head chef – complimented with wines especially selected by the sommelier – at both Michelin restaurants; and a complimentary cookbook from chef and host Katherine Frelon.

La Ferme de la Lochere is a 400-year-old private estate in the heart of Burgundy, conveniently located four hours from London and one hour from Paris, by train, and meticulously restored by the owners to reflect the rich history of the area while providing guests with modern amenities.  The property includes several charming courtyards, an extensive library, mezzanine lounge area, heated swimming pool, a spacious state-of-the-art kitchen and five individually-designed, airy bedrooms with gorgeous views of the mountains and vineyards – each with private bath, fresh flowers, L’Occitane products and wifi.  Each luxurious itinerary is complemented by free time for guests to lunch on the rolling hillsides, bike along the Canal de Bourgogne, stroll through the scenic countryside, shop in the unique towns – and more.

Frelon’s Fabulous France provides tailor-made, luxury vacations in Burgundy from April through October. Information, brochures and reservations can be obtained from Frelon’s Fabulous France, 6 Rue de la Lochere, 21150 Marigny le Cahouet, France; +33 672 865 609; or, visit www.frelonsfabulousfrance.com.

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ChinaExperience Explores China from Ancient to Modern with 10-Day Package, from $1,699

February 22, 2011

In Hangzhou, a scenic cruise on picturesque West Lake brings into view classic Chinese scenes © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

ChinaExperience.com, an offshoot of Pacific Delight Tours, is offering a 10-day program contrasting  China’s magnificent history with its modern, almost-futuristic splendor. Starting at $1,699 per person, based on departure in April 2011, the value-oriented tour operator’s Ancient & Modern China itinerary not only covers historical Beijing and ultra-modern Shanghai, it also features the natural scenic beauty of Hangzhou and the quaint water town of Suzhou, often described as “Venice of the East.”

The program begins in Beijing, where visitors will marvel the historical significance of sites like Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City as well as the famed Great Wall of China. Travelers will also learn about the farming and cultivating of pearls in China with a visit to a local Pearl Factory, followed by a tour of Summer Palace, the summer vacation home of many of China’s great emperors. A visit to the Temple of Heaven will be highlighted by the morning’s Tai Chi ritual (weather permitting) which is a sight to behold in and of itself.

Travelers will next explore Suzhou, a well-known ancient water town commonly referred to as “Venice of the East.” A city tour in the morning will be followed by a stroll through Lingering Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is arguably considered one of China’s most stunning. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about raising silk worms and harvesting their silk with a tour of a local Silk Factory.

In Hangzhou, travelers will begin with a tour of the Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in the Wulin Mountains, lined by numerous grottoes and pagodas. A scenic cruise on picturesque West Lake will feature a special treat – a culturally enlightening visit to a historic Tea Plantation.

Guests will enjoy a scenic drive to Shanghai where they will stroll through the old Shanghai Bazaar and learn about the delicate procedure and production of Chinese silk carpets at a renowned Silk Carper Factory. They will also have the opportunity to peruse more than 120,000 ancient works of Chinese art at the Shanghai Museum. An optional night out to see the world-famous Shanghai Acrobatic Show will cost an additional $40 per person (includes dinner) and is highly recommended.

Starting rate of $1,699* per person is based on double occupancy accommodations with transpacific air from Los Angeles (add $200* per person for New York City) in April 2011. Starting rates increase to $1,799* per person ($1,999* from New York City) for travel in May and November 2011, and $1,999* per person ($2,199* from New York City) for travel June through October 2011 out of Los Angeles.

The program includes intra-China flights, fuel surcharges, all transfers, hotel accommodations, American breakfast daily and most meals, baggage handling, hotel taxes and services charges.

Visit www.ChinaExperience.com for more information or to book.

Read:

Hangzhou: Marco Polo’s ‘City of Heaven’ as alluring as ever and see slideshow:

Hangzhou: Ancient & Modern come together in china’s resort city and see slideshow

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Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista has deals during Braves, Astros spring training

February 19, 2011

The Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista offers easy access to Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

ORLANDO (February 18, 2011) –

Braves and Astros fans can get a homerun deal on Orlando vacations from the AAA Three Diamond Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista (LBV) during spring training.

Baseball fans can book and stay at the hotel now through March 31, 2011 and pay just $49.99 per night, plus tax.   The hotel is located only three miles from Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros spring training in Orlando, so baseball fans are just minutes from all of the action.

For just $10 more, guests can enjoy a special game day-lunch for two that includes two fountain sodas, two hot dogs and two small chips from the hotel’s Lite Bite restaurant.  As an added bonus for baseball-loving parents, children always stay free and children under 9 eat for free (one child per each paying adult).  A commemorative souvenir will be given to the first 50 bookings at check-in.

The family-friendly Clarion Inn LBV is easily accessible to Walt Disney World Resort® theme parks, Universal Orlando ®, SeaWorld Orlando® and Aquatica®, with complimentary daily scheduled shuttle service.  There are also scheduled pick-ups for Orlando Premium Outlet shopping at Vineland Avenue.  A 24-hour video game room is open for kids of all ages.  Outdoors, guests can enjoy the hotel’s lush landscaped grounds and a children’s playground, as well as two seasonally heated outdoor pools, one of which features the new Ozzie’s Splash Zone for kids.  Guests can choose from a wide variety of onsite dining options to fuel up before the game or they can grab a post-game bite at the Boardwalk Buffet, Lite Bite Mini-Market/Deli or Comfort Zone Bar and Grille.

Extensive multi-million dollar renovations were recently completed at the hotel, which led to the new AAA 3-Diamond rating.  Every guest room received new American-made furnishings of a contemporary design including new ergonomic desks, as well as new carpet, window treatments, upgraded art work, luxurious Simmons Beautyrest pillow-top mattresses and stylish, yet comfortable bedding treatments.  Private bathrooms now feature granite-finish vanity and modern decorative lighting.  Each guest room offers a mini refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, electronic safe and cable television with in-room movies.  Guests also enjoy complimentary WIFI in guest rooms and public areas and free onsite parking.

To book online or for more details and the 2011 Spring Training schedules for the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros in Orlando, visit www.clarionLBV.com/springtraining, or call 800-999-7300 and ask for the Spring Training rate.

The Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista – a Rosen Hotels & Resorts property – is located at 8442 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819 and features 640 newly renovated guest rooms in four high-rise buildings,  a playground and two swimming pools, one of which features the new “Ozzie the Otter Splash Zone.” The free scheduled shuttle provides transportation to Walt Disney World Resort® theme parks and Downtown Disney as well as Universal Orlando, ® SeaWorld Orlando® and Aquatica®. The hotel is located just off I-4, approximately 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.  For more information, visit www.clarionLBV.com or call 800-999-7300.

See also:

Inside Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter and slideshow

and

Walt Disney World Orlando is Still the Place for Magic and slideshow

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Chattanooga offers Spring Break Safari for Families

February 18, 2011

Make your Chattanooga family safari even more special by staying in historic railroad cars of the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (February 17, 2011) –

Who would have thought that Chattanooga, Tennessee, with its famous train, is also the place to go on a Spring Break Safari? Become an animal keeper kid and feed and mingle with sharks, penguins and sea turtles; spelunker deep in a cavern; RockQuest adventurer on an enchanted trail; riverboat captain and navigate the Tennessee River; an art explorer and uncover hidden treasures; a conductor aboard a traincar or on a trolley; a detective exploring waterways & dinosaur digs or a culinary creator whipping up sweets.

Your Spring Break Safari in Chattanooga is anything but ordinary. We’ve transformed the city into a place where kids rule and adventure is everywhere. Kids can’t resist hands-on activities designed just for them.

Traveling with teens? Family vacations can sometimes be tricky to find activities for everyone to enjoy. Chattanooga offers plenty of thrilling adventures just for teens. Mix it up a little with a variety of activities like the new zipstream aerial adventure or zipline, rock climbing (indoor & outdoor), paintball, laser tag, balladium, go karts, skating (skatepark), biking, rappelling, and maybe even hang gliding at 2,000 feet in the air. Now that’s something to brag about to friends!

Make the experience even more memorable by bringing your camera and taking lots of pictures. You can include the pictures in your official Spring Break Safari Field Guide that can be downloaded or picked up at the Chattanooga Visitors Center or at one of the participating attractions. www.springbreaksafari.com

Savvy vacation planners know that Chattanooga is an easy, hassle-free and affordable place to spend Spring break. Downtown is just the springboard for everything else you will do in Chattanooga, with plenty more adventures just 5-15 minutes away. Once you get here, park your car, navigate downtown on the Free Electric Shuttle and get started on your safari!

Get the full scoop on Chattanooga’s Spring Break Safari www.springbreaksafari.com

Take advantage of special overnight packages by staying multiple nights. Packages vary and include spa treatments, attractions, dining certificates and more. www.chattanoogafun.com/vacation-packages

For more information:

COUPONS (dining, attractions, accommodations, etc.): www.chattanoogafun.com/coupons

EVENTS calendar: www.chattanoogafun.com/events

WHERE to stay: www.chattanoogafun.com/accommodations/

WHERE to eat: www.chattanoogafun.com/dining

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Cruise North Expeditions continues Arctic polar cruising after Adventure Canada merger

February 18, 2011

Northern Lights, Alaska © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Cruise North Expeditions, a subsidiary of the Inuit-owned Makivik Corporation, will continue to offer polar cruises with the cultural content and Inuit staffing that has become a trademark of Cruise North Expeditions, as a result of  a new partnership with Adventure Canada.

In 2011, Cruise North Expeditions departures will be merged with Adventure Canada’s Clipper Adventurer schedule, including dedicated CNE programming. The Clipper Adventurer, a sister ship of Lyubov Orlova has benefited from extensive renovation and offers an ideal blend of safety, comfort and functionality that makes it a leader in the field. Cruise North passengers will enjoy enhanced comfort and programming through the new joint venture.

Beginning in 2012, Adventure Canada and Cruise North Expeditions will each continue their traditional offerings of dedicated sailings with Inuit staff, itineraries and programs specially designed to bring benefit and opportunity to the people who call the Arctic home.

Cruise North Expeditions was founded in 2005 by the Makivik Corporation of Quebec, a highly successful investment corporation born of the first modern-day Aboriginal land claim settlement agreement in Canada (the JBNQA of 1975). Makivik also owns the well-respected First Air and Air Inuit.  Cruise North Expeditions earned a place on Conde Nast Traveller’s prestigious “Green List” for their environmental efforts and commitment to helping preserve Inuit culture through tourism.  For more information on Cruise North Expeditions please visit http://www.cruisenorthexpeditions.com or call 866-263-3220

Makivik Corporation is an Inuit organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation provided by the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the first comprehensive Inuit land claim in Canada, and the more recent offshore Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement that came into effect in 2008. Makivik actively promote the preservation of the Inuit culture of Nunavik communities. For more information on Makivik Corporation please visit http://www.makivik.org

Adventure Canada is an award-winning tour operator based in Mississauga, Ontario that has been providing comfortable and educational voyages to the Arctic, and the world, since 1988. With a special blend of academics, thoughtfully planned itineraries, high quality lecturers and programming and old fashioned fun, Adventure Canada’s innovative style has been recognized by fellow leaders in the travel industry with recent awards from the Travel Industry Association of Canada Business of the Year Award, Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Cruise Vision Award and the National Geographic Top 100 Tour Company Award. For more information on Adventure Canada please visit http://www.adventurecanada.com or call 800-363-7566.

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Loews Hotels Pampers Pets With New ‘Woofie Weekends’ Package

February 14, 2011

Loews Loves Pets wants four-legged guests to relax and rejuvenate with the “Woofie Weekends” package featuring the new Microdry Memory Foam Ultimate Luxury Pet Mat.

NEW YORK (February 14, 2011) –

Loews Loves Pets wants four-legged guests to relax and rejuvenate with the “Woofie Weekends” package featuring the new Microdry Memory Foam Ultimate Luxury Pet Mat. 

Available now through April 30, 2011, the “Woofie Weekends” pet package features a one-night stay for you and your BFF (Best Furry Friend), a “Wag Your Tail Delight” meal delivered to your room, $25 pet cleaning fee waived, and a luxurious Microdry memory foam mat for your pet to use during their stay and for you to take home.  This super-soft mat features a ½ inch of memory foam to provide contoured support and help retain body warmth for enhanced coziness.

Since the start of the Loews Loves Pets program 11 years ago, many VIPs (Very Important Pets) have made Loews Hotels their home away from home, enjoying the special treatment and privileges that are offered at all our properties.  As part of the program, each visiting VIP can travel in first-class comfort with gourmet room service, specialized bedding, a pet amenity and guest services designed to make pets and their owners feel right at home.

The “Woofie Weekends” package is subject to availability at all Loews Hotels in the U.S. and Canada with rates starting at $134.  For more information or to book, call 800-23-LOEWS or visit www.loewshotels.com.

About Loews Hotels

Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels owns and/or operates 18 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada, including the newest 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel opened April 1, 2010.  Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience.  Loews boasts some of the industry’s most innovative and successful travel programs, including Loews Loves Kids for families and Loews Loves Pets for discerning animals on the road.  For reservations or more information on Loews Hotels, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or check www.loewshotels.com

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Morey’s Piers in The Wildwoods NJ to get new ‘it’ thrill ride

February 14, 2011

The Wildwoods, NJ – February 14, 2011 –

Morey’s Piers has finally announced “it,” a brand-new attraction coming to the Wildwoods, New Jersey, all the way from the Netherlands for 2011.

The new attraction will emerge on Morey’s Surfside Pier, located at 26th Street in North Wildwood, during May 2011. “it” will swing, spin, and fly to heights of over 65 feet – secured by a first of “it”s kind lap bar system. 

Jack Morey, Executive Vice President of Morey’s Piers, adds, “We are proud to announce ‘it’ to our ride roster and know our guests will surely love “it”.  “it” is just the beginning of our plans for the continued re-development of Surfside Pier.”

“it” is a thrilling new attraction that combines a swinging motion up to 120° and a rotating center where gondolas, seating a total of 24 passengers, are facing each other.

Morey’s “it” will also feature a new type of harness specially designed by the ride’s engineers and Morey’s Piers’ team. For the first time, classic shoulder restraints will be replaced by lap-bars – allowing passengers the chance to enjoy the ride with more thrills and greater freedom of movement.

For more information about “it” and what’s new at Morey’s Piers in 2011, visit www.MoreysPiers.com.

About Morey’s Piers

Morey’s Piers, located on the boardwalk in the Wildwoods, New Jersey is a classic seaside amusement park, family owned and operated since 1969. Voted the third best seaside amusement park in the world by Amusement Today, Morey’s Piers has over 100 rides and attractions spanning over eighteen acres along six beach blocks and includes three amusement piers and two beachfront waterparks. Convenient to the major population centers of the Northeast, yet a world apart, Morey’s Piers along with Morey Resorts combines the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. Visit them at Surfside Pier, featuring the Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club at 25th Avenue, Mariner’s Landing Pier, featuring Raging Waters Waterpark at Schellenger Avenue, and Adventure Pier at Spencer Avenue. For more information, visit http://www.moreyspiers.com or phone (609) 522-3900.

MSC Cruises alters itineraries to avoid calling at Tunisia

February 11, 2011

In light of political uncertainty in the Tunisian Republic, MSC  Cruises is altering its itineraries of cruises that would have called at Tunis.

In a statement issued by the company issued a statement regarding the situation in Tunisia and itinerary changes.

“MSC Cruises has always implemented all necessary policies to ensure the safety and comfort of its guests, as this is our main concern,” the company stated.

“Therefore, with reference to the current situation in the Tunisian Republic, should conditions not return to normal, all the ships concerned will take an alternative itinerary during the weekly cruises, and not call at Tunis.”

The following ships are affected:

MSC Fantasia  from April 16 to October 15

MSC Splendida from April 10  to November 6

MSC Lirica from April 18 to October 7

MSC Sinfonia from June 4 to October 15

“In case that the situation gets back to normal, the original itinerary will be respected and the call at Tunis will be operated as usual.”

For further information, call 800.666.9333 or visit  www.msccruisesusa.com.

NYC & Company Launches ‘Destination Harlem” with Culture, Dining, Nightlife itineraries, new Hotel

February 8, 2011

New York City, Feb 1, 2011 –

This winter, NYC & Company, New York City’s tourism, marketing, and partnership organization, encourages New Yorkers and visitors alike to visit Harlem. Today, NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta joined Richard Gorsky from RCG Longview, Congressman Charles Rangel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel and Borough President Scott Stringer to announce the grand opening of the Aloft Harlem hotel and highlight NYC & Company’s latest promotional campaign, Destination: Harlem. Aloft Harlem is the first new hotel to open in the neighborhood since 1967 and is located in close vicinity to many of Harlem’s most popular attractions. Destination: Harlem runs from February 1 to 28 and highlights special events at cultural institutions throughout west, central and east Harlem. Coinciding with Black History Month, the campaign features new ways to explore the neighborhood with itineraries that list dining, culture and nightlight venues.

“As the epicenter of African-American culture for more than a century, Harlem is a historic and dynamic destination,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “Destination: Harlem showcases some of the best culture, restaurants and entertainment in New York City and now visitors have the opportunity to stay in Harlem and experience more of what this iconic neighborhood has to offer.”

On February 1 visit the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as it celebrates the birthday of the great American writer Langston Hughes. The evening’s tribute begins at 7pm, costs $10 and includes readings, music and special performances. After the show visit Londel’s Supper Club for food made from scratch with a southern flair or Yatenga French Bistro & Bar for a four-course, prix-fixe dinner for $24. For more information, visit nypl.org, londelsrestaurant.com and yatengabistro.com.

 

On February 8 head to the Dwyer Cultural Center for an inspirational gospel concert featuring the “Prince of Harlem,” vocalist and saxophonist Lonnie Youngblood. The first set begins at 7pm, followed by a 9pm set. The show costs $15 for reserved seating; $10 for simulcast seating. After the concert enjoy fried chicken from the renowned Melba’s or take your date to the 5 and Diamond for the weekday house special, steak frites and a glass of wine for $20. For more information, visit dwyercc.org, melsbasrestaurant.com and 5anddiamondrestaurant.com.

On February 12 at 7:30pm enjoy Cabaret Chocolat at the Harlem Stage. Singer-performer Tamar-kali presents her newest multidisciplinary piece, incorporating dance, song, burlesque, humor and showmanship—all for $25. When the show ends, stop at Miss Maude’s Spoonbread Too for “Miss Maude’s Sampler” and enjoy shrimp, short ribs and chicken before dancing the night away at Shrine World Music Venue. For more information, visit harlemstage.org, spoonbreadinc.com and shrinenyc.com.

On February 19 listen to Nuyorican poetry legends Miguel Algarin, Jesús Papoleto Melendez, Nancy Mercado, Willie Perdomo and Frank Perez share their work during Speak Up! at El Museo del Barrio, 7pm–9pm. After the free program visit Gran Piatto d’Oro for Italian cuisine or go straight to FB Lounge for a late-night drink. For more information, visit elmuseo.org, granpiattorestaurant.com or fondaboricua.com.

 

On February 23 catch a new crop of singers, rappers, comedians and dancers at Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theater, starting 7:30pm. Afterward head for dinner at Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant or Amy Ruth’s for authentic soul food and end your night listening to jazz at the famed Lenox Lounge. For more information, visit apollotheater.org, sylviasrestaurant.com, amyruthsharlem.com and lenoxlounge.com.

On February 28 don’t miss The Apollo Legacy: Jazz! at the Museum of the City of New York. The National Jazz Museum All-Stars pay tribute to celebrated jazz legends, including Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, at 7pm. General admission is $5, and ticket holders also will be able to view the museum’s exhibit Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment, before and after the show. Enjoy Peruvian cuisine afterward at Ceviche Tapas Bar or head over to Ricardo Steakhouse for a New York strip. For more information, visit mcny.org, cevichenyc.com and ricardosteakhouse.com.

Steps away from several of the cultural institutions, restaurants and nightlife venues featured in Destination: Harlem, is the newly opened Aloft Harlem. Located at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and 124th Street, the hotel has 124 loft-like guest rooms and as part of a mixed-use project includes 44 contemporary Apex condominium residences. Aloft is also home to re:mix lounge and destination w xyz bar. For more information, visit alofthotels.com.

For more about Destination: Harlem and great restaurant and nightlife suggestions in Harlem, visit nycgo.com/harlem.

Additional NYC & Company promotions taking place this winter include the first-ever Broadway Week, NYC Restaurant Week, the Off-Broadway promotion On the House and many more. The winter initiatives are designed to encourage tourism growth across the five boroughs in the lead-up to achieve Mayor Bloomberg’s goal to attract 50 million visitors annually to New York City by 2012. For more information, visit nycgo.com.

NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 Extended Through Feb. 27

February 8, 2011

New York city is extending Winter 2011 Restaurant Week through Feb. 27 © 2011 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

NYC & Company, New York City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, today announced that NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 will be extended through Sunday, February 27, at more than 200 top dining establishments. Extension participants include Atlantic Grill at Lincoln Center, Betel, Fishtail by David Burke, Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse, The National, Nobu New York, Plein Sud and Red Rooster Harlem. Prices will remain $24.07 for three-course prix-fixe lunches and $35 for three-course prix-fixe dinners (Saturdays excluded; Sundays optional. Beverages, gratuities and taxes are not included. Offers not valid on February 14).

 

“The extension of NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 gives diners more incentive to sample some of the City’s best dining and offers a great boost to the more than 200 participating restaurants during a traditionally slow season,” said NYC & Company CEO George Fertitta. “For three more weeks our City’s neighborhoods will celebrate the art of cooking, the pleasure of dining and making time to sit down for a proper meal.”

To kick off the extension on Monday, February 7, five women dressed as the “face” of NYC Restaurant Week will distribute NYC Restaurant Week booklets outside Grand Central Terminal from 8am to 2pm. The ToshibaVision sign atop One Times Square will also feature NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 extension media through February 27.

American Express® and Travelocity® have also extended hotel offers for American Express® Cardmembers through February 27. Travelers who book a Travelocity NYC Restaurant Week hotel stay qualify to receive $75 off bookings over $250 when they use any eligible American Express Card. This is in addition to discounts and deals offered by participating hotels.

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Visit nycgo.com/restaurantweek on Monday, February 7, to view the complete list of NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2011 extension participants and make a reservation online.