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Cincinnati USA offers Travel Packages to 2012 World Choir Games, July 4-14

June 21, 2012

Cincinnati USA is offering travel packages for the 2012 World Choir Games, taking place in Cincinnati July 4-14.

Called the “Olympics of choral music,” more than 360 choirs from nearly 70 countries will be competing in 23 categories of music at the Games. Grammy award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin and Tony award-winning star Idina Menzel are headlining events.

Customized World Choir Games travel packages, which include accommodations and tickets for the Games’ Opening and Closing Ceremonies, are now available at, or by calling 1-800-518-1181.

Packages available include:

World Choir Games Opening Ceremony Package
– A choice of 62 hotel properties throughout Cincinnati USA
– Tickets to the World Choir Games Opening Ceremonies: The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, May Festival Chorus and nine-time Grammy award-winning gospel artist, Kirk Franklin will headline this event which also includes the ringing of the Peace Bell and a performance of the Official Song of the 2012 World Choir Games; 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, U.S. Bank Arena
– Tickets to the Global Harmony Celebration Concert: Top choirs from South Africa, Hong Kong and Columbus, Ohio perform from a variety of musical genres, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 5, Cincinnati Masonic Center

World Choir Games Closing Ceremony Package
– A choice of 62 hotel properties throughout Cincinnati USA
– Tickets to the Champions Concert: Recently crowned Champions of the 2012 World Choir Games perform, 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, Music Hall
– Tickets to the 2012 World Choir Games Closing Ceremonies: Broadway star Idina Menzel will join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival Chorus at the Closing Ceremonies, which includes a presentation from the 2014 World Choir Games host city, the ringing of the Peace Bell, a mass choir of thousands singing together; 7 p.m., Saturday, July 14, U.S. Bank Arena

“This is the first time the United States has ever held this prestigious event. It’s the largest arts and cultural event in the history of Cincinnati USA,” said Julie Calvert, director of communications of the 2012 World Choir Games and vice president of communications and strategic development at the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. “With these affordable packages, a traveler can experience hundreds of cultures and dozens of genres of music at an easy-to-access Midwest destination.”

The World Choir Games, taking place every two years, is the signature event of INTERKULTUR, a Germany-based global organization that produces elite international choral events all over the world. The 2012 Games is expected be Cincinnati USA’s largest international arts event ever with an economic impact of $73.5 million. Cincinnati USA was selected as the first U.S. city to host the World Choir Games. In more than 20 years since INTERKULTUR was established, the organization has built ties to more than 5.600 choirs and 250.000 singers from 100 nations who have taken part in the World Choir Games and INTERKULTUR’s regional choir competitions.

Other Cincinnati USA travel packages include:
The Cincinnati Reds: By booking a hotel through, visitors can purchase half-price Reds tickets.

A Day in Pompeii: The Exhibition invites visitors to revisit the ancient Roman City in the hours before, during and after the massive explosion of Mt. Vesuvius that buried the city in 79 A.D.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: The Zoo introduced the all new Cat Canyon this summer – an up-close-and-personal experience with some of nature’s most beautiful and fearsome creatures. The Cincinnati Zoo is the country’s second oldest and has been called “The World’s Sexiest Zoo” due to the high degree of success with its breeding programs.

Newport Aquarium: The blue waters of the Newport Aquarium, replete with hundreds of species of marine life, is fun and educational. For another not-to-miss experience, pay a call on Mighty Mike, the country’s biggest gator outside Florida.

BB Riverboats: Leisurely drift along and enjoy the beautiful seven hills of Cincinnati USA with this Ohio River tradition. It also harkens back to a simpler time when the Queen City was the Mecca of sternwheelers. Take in a sunset dinner cruise for some of the best food on either side of the Ohio River.

Macy’s Music Festival 50th Anniversary: For fifty years, the Macy’s Music Festival has been one of the most dynamic and enduring music festivals in the country. This year celebrate with a Buy One Get One Free package.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Experience the incomparable Michael Feinstein as he performs “Sinatra Under the Stars” at Riverbend Music Center.

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Country Thunder Music Festival offers Shuttle Service with Hotel Stay Combo

June 13, 2012

With only a month left to go, Country Thunder, to be held July 19-22 in Twin Lakes, Wis., is ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary the only way it knows how—with non-stop music and more on-site entertainment than ever before. Four-day passes to see favorite country acts, including Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Steve Holy, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Wade Bowen and more, are available for $140 through June 20 at 11:59 pm CDT. There are also a limited number of single-day tickets available. Visit or call (866) 802-6418 to purchase tickets today.

Country Thunder is also announced its partnership with Lake Geneva Hotels and The Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wis., to provide patrons with a shuttle service to and from festival grounds. Shuttle service from the Lake Geneva Hotels is available only through a hotel stay combo package. The Brat Stop in Kenosha will be offering a shuttle service twice a day for $20 round trip. For scheduling and purchasing information as well as a list of nearby hotels, visit and go to the information tab.

Campers can load in starting Wednesday, July 18 at 9 am and gates will close promptly at 10 pm. Front gate hours are Thursday-Sunday 9 am-10 pm CST.

Add a Port-O-Potty to your campsite for $115. The last day to reserve your P.O.P. is July 13th at 11:50pm CST. Also, if you wish to park a second motorized vehicle on your campsite you are required to purchase an Extra Vehicle Pass. This pass is only available over the phone. To purchase you must be the owner of the campsite and call our office at (866) 802-6418 to order. The last day to order your EVP is July 13th at 5pm CST. Additionally, Pat’s Services Inc. will be providing water and pumping for $30 per service. Call them at (262) 537-4988 or visit their website at to schedule their services.

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2nd Annual Route 66 Festival Set for August 11 in Springfield, Mo.

June 13, 2012

The 2nd Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on Park Central square in downtown Springfield.

The festival is free and open to the public.

The event will feature a car show, food vendors, a kids’ area and more. Live entertainment will be Queen City Cats and Blue Plate Special at 10 a.m., The Detectives at 1 p.m. and The Road Crew at 3 p.m. The Road Crew is winner of the first ever “Bobby Troup Artistic Recognition Award” from the International Route 66 Association in 2011. They wrote a song especially for this festival.

Car show registration is $15 in advance or $20 the day of the event. Prizes will be awarded for the car show in a variety of categories. Spectators will vote on their favorites. Car show registration is 7-9:30 a.m. and awards are presented at 3 p.m., along with The John T. Woodruff Award. The Woodruff award is named for the prominent Springfieldian who served as a Chamber of Commerce president and was the first president of the National Route 66 Association. It recognizes an outstanding individual who has helped promote the historic highway.

Officially recognized as the birthplace of Route 66, it was in Springfield on April 30, 1926, that officials first proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. In 1938, Route 66 became the first completely paved transcontinental highway in America—the “Mother Road”—stretching from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Coast.

Traces of the Mother Road are still visible in Springfield along the Route 66 By-Pass, Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, College and St. Louis streets and on Missouri 266 to Halltown.

For festival information, visit, Springfield Mo. For more information about Springfield, visit or call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-678-8767 to receive a free visitor guide, coupons and information packet.

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Single Day, Bal de Maison Tickets to Telluride Blues & Brews Festival on Sale, June 15

June 13, 2012

Single day and Bal de Maison show tickets for the 19th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, held September 14-16, go on sale Friday, June 15.

Single day and Bal de Maison show tickets for the 19th Annual Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, held September 14-16, will go on sale Friday, June 15 at 10am (MST). Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 866.515.6166, or in person at both Telluride Music, located at 123 E. Colorado Ave and Wizard Entertainment, located at 126 East Colorado Avenue.

Every September, the bands, the fans, and the barrels of beer roll into Telluride Town Park for a 3-day celebration of music in mountains at the renowned Telluride Blues & Brews Festival.

“This year marks the 19th Annual, and the weekend promises to be the best one yet,” said Steve Gumble, Festival Director. “There is an enormous amount of musical talent this festival season from all genres of music.”

The 2012 Festival weekend features headliners Phil Lesh & Friends, Gov’t Mule, and The B-52s. Additional performances include Little Feat, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Anders Osborne, Heartless Bastards, MarchFourth Marching Band, Tab Benoit, Little Hurricane, The Lee Boys and many more. For the complete Festival lineup and schedule, please visit

Additional Festival highlights include a wide variety of food and craft vendors, the Rainbow Kids area and Kid’s parade, Blues for Breakfast concerts, late night shows at local Juke Joints, and the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition.

Three-day passes, Juke Joint tickets, and Camping passes are currently onsale now.

For festival information or to purchase tickets visit or call toll-free at (866) 515-6166.

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Princess Cruises Offers Father’s Day Cruise Deals: Up to 60 Percent Savings on Worldwide Cruises

June 13, 2012

A Princess ship in Maui. Princess Cruises is celebrating Father’s Day with a special five-day cruise sale from June 14-18.

Princess Cruises is celebrating Father’s Day with a special five-day cruise sale from June 14-18. Passengers will find cruise deals perfect for Dad to destinations such as Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, the Caribbean and Hawaii.

The Father’s Day Sale offers passengers savings up to 60 percent off of launch fares per stateroom, plus up to $100 onboard credit. The sale includes more than 80 cruise options in 2012, departing between August and December.

In addition to fare savings, passengers booking interior or oceanview staterooms can receive an onboard credit of $25 (cruises up to 9 days) to $50 (cruises 10 days or longer), and in balcony staterooms or above can get credits of $50 (cruises up to 9 days) or $100 (for sailings 10 days or longer). All onboard credits are offered per stateroom.

Examples of cruise deals include:

  • Caribbean cruise – 7 days: $799 balcony (was $949); $549 interior (was $599)
  • Grand Mediterranean cruise – 12 days: $1,299 balcony (was $3,290); $799 interior (was $2,190)
  • Greek Isles cruise – 12 days: $1,299 balcony (was $3,240); $799 interior (was $2,140)
  • Hawaii cruise – 14 days: $1,899 balcony (was $2,345); $1,199 interior (was $1,445)
  • Southeast Asia cruise – 16 days: $2,199 balcony (was $3,185); $1,499 interior (was $1,995)

All cruise prices are per person, based on double occupancy. The Father’s Day Sale begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on June 14 through 11:59 p.m. PDT on June 18, 2012 and is available to residents of the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico. Reservations made during the sale require a non-refundable deposit.

Additional cruise sale information is available at

Additional information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company’s website at

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Palm Beach Zoo Offers Two Chances for ‘Family Night Owls’ Overnights

June 13, 2012

A Eurasian Eagle Owl. The Palm Beach Zoo is offering two opportunities this summer for families to be night owls, too, overnighting in the zoo (photo by Keith Lovett).

The Palm Beach Zoo is offering two special “Family Night Owls” overnight programs to be held on Saturday, June 30th and Saturday, July 21st.

Family groups are invited to explore the Zoo after hours and participate in unique encounters with nocturnal animals such as bats, owls, fennec foxes, and many others. The evening will include a guided flashlight tour of the Zoo, a pizza party, and Zoo-themed games and activities, as well as a Continental breakfast the following morning.

The “Family Night Owls” program is designed for children ages six and over, accompanied by at least one parent. Activities begin at 6:30 p.m. on each Saturday evening and end at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday. The cost is $35 per person for Zoo members and $45 per person for non-members.

For more information about this program visit or send an e-mail to The Zoo’s Education Coordinator can be reached at (561) 533-0887 Ext. 229.

Father’s Day Travel Gift Idea for Vintage Car Enthusiast: Kensington Tours’ Magical Monterey Motorsport Weekend

June 13, 2012

With Father’s Day swiftly approaching, Kensington Tours is offering the perfect mancation — a magical, once-in-a-lifetime Monterey Motorsport weekend in sunny California. From the Concourse D’Elegance on the sacred greens of Pebble Beach to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at the famed Laguna Seca Track, this is the fully loaded adventure that Dad’s dreams are made of.

Kensington Tours, North America’s leading tour operator specializing in custom privately-guided adventures, has expertly designed the over-the-top journey to bring the fantasies surrounding vintage cars to life for motorsport enthusiasts. Dote on Dad for his special day and treat him to the epic event the “Kensington Way”!

Relish an experience filled with champagne, world-class sights, luxury suites and historic tales, during a weekend spent in the event’s VIP sections with private pit tours at the Motorsport Reunion and exclusive access to the invitation only Chairman’s section of the Concours D’Elegance. The highlight of this extraordinary trip will undoubtedly be your exclusive opportunity to view the Rolex Reunion race from the WWII Bomber Jet “Heavenly Body” that will fly over the race. Don’t miss your chance to be one of five people in the crowd to take in the aerial view Laguna Seca from aboard the historic jet!

The five-day, four-night package is available for an August 17, 2012 departure. Rates start at $17,895 per person and are based on double occupancy. For more information visit or call (888) 903-2001.

Kensington Tours offers custom and private guided tours to over 90 countries worldwide. The flexibility of Kensington’s offerings results in tailor-made journeys that are carefully handcrafted to deliver personalized adventures like no other company. Kensington Tours was named to “World’s Best Awards 2011” by Travel + Leisure Magazine and named one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” by the editors of National Geographic Adventure Magazine.

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AmaWaterways Introduces New Paris & Normandy Itineraries on the Seine River

June 13, 2012

AmaWaterways has just iintroduced the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

Celebrating the land of Claude Monet, Victor Hugo and Napoleon Bonaparte, AmaWaterways invites guests to explore the rich history and culture of France with two new 2013 itineraries: Paris & Normandy and The Jewels of France. The Francophile cruises will visit classic French landmarks, enchanting towns and famous wine regions.

“These itineraries take our guests through the heart of France,” said AmaWaterways Founder Rudi Schreiner. “From the design of the French Balconies onboard our ships to the locally-sourced ingredients, menus selections and wines, AmaWaterways combines old-world French charm with a luxury travel experience.”

AmaWaterways’ French cruises highlight the charm of the Seine and Rhone Rivers with visits to Paris, Vernon, Giverny, Rouen, Les Andelys, Conflans, Barcelona, Perpignan, Arles, Avignon, Viviers, Tournon, Vienne, Tréveux and Lyon. The itineraries include shore excursions through Roman ruins and medieval villages, wine tastings at rustic French vintners, expeditions to the famous Normandy beaches and walking tours through some of Europe’s most beautiful cities and picturesque harbors. AmaWaterways’ new 2013 French cruise itineraries are as follows:

PARIS & NORMANDYAboard the AmaLegro, the seven-night Seine River cruise will travel through Europe’s enchanting cities of Vernon, Rouen, Les Andelys and Conflans before returning to Paris. Excursions include visits to the village of Giverny, where Monet lived for 43 years and tours of Honfleur, a charming French harbor town made famous from artist’s paintings. Passengers will say “Oui” to a stroll through Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, followed by an unforgettable excursion to the famous Normandy beaches. Visit the charming town of Les Andelys, home of the impressive Château Gaillard. The trip bodes “au revoir” in the magical city of Paris, where guests will spend two nights. North American travelers can book voyages from March 29 – Nov. 8, 2013.

JEWELS OF FRANCECombining two of France’s most beautiful rivers, the seven-night Rhone River cruise and the seven-night Seine River cruise showcase Europe’s most charming cities. Starting with 3-nights in Barcelona, passengers will explore Spain’s second largest city. In Arles, France, passengers will board the AmaDagio to cruise through France’s legendary wine regions. Excursions include wine tastings; exploring Roman ruins at Pont du Gard & Uzes and visits to the Renaissance palace in Grignan. Disembarking in Lyon, France, passengers will travel to Paris aboard the high-speed TGV train to embark on a seven-night Seine River cruise aboard the AmaLegro through historic northern France. Passengers will visit charming villages, the French harbors made famous by many artists, the famous Normandy Beaches and the impressive Château Gaillard before returning to Paris. North American travelers can book voyages from March 26 – Oct. 25, 2013.

The AmaLegro and AmaDagio are luxurious cruising experiences featuring spacious staterooms and suites, which range up to 255 sq. feet. Passengers will enjoy Chaîne des Rôtisseurs culinary creations with free-flowing wine, and unforgettable shore excursions that will immerse them in the local culture and history.

In-room furnishings include plush down bedding, a cozy sitting area, flat-panel TV, hair dryer, safe, terry bathrobes, slippers, individually controlled air-conditioning, ample closet space and bottled water replenished daily. The bathroom features a shower with multi-jet shower heads, spa bath and body toiletries and a magnifying mirror. Passengers can stay connected with complimentary Internet & Infotainment System with Hollywood movies. Other amenities include a massage and beauty salon. Special highlights include lectures, themed dinners, cooking demonstrations and onboard music performances. For passengers wanting to explore the serene paths along the rivers, AmaWaterways offers a fleet of bicycles onboard.

To download AmaWaterways’ 2012 and 2013 brochures, and for more information, visit To book, contact a local travel agent or visit, like on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

About AmaWaterways

Founded in 2002 by river cruise pioneer Rudi Schreiner, river cruise executive Kristin Karst and founder of Brendan Vacations, Jimmy Murphy, AmaWaterways is the premier river cruise line on Europe’s Danube, Rhine, Main, Mosel and Rhône rivers. Known for its custom-designed ships, extensive complimentary amenities and personalized service levels, AmaWaterways consistently leads the way in river cruising. With destinations traveling through Europe, Russia, Vietnam and Cambodia, and new voyages to Africa and Portugal the line’s award-winning fleets compliment a variety of travel plans.

The Europe fleet includes the AmaPrima (2013); AmaCerto (2012); AmaVerde (2011); AmaBella (2010); AmaLyra (2009); AmaDolce (2009); AmaCello (2008), AmaDante (2008); AmaLegro (2007) and the AmaDagio (2006). In the spring of 2012, AmaWaterways will introduce the new 164-passenger AmaCerto in Europe, joining the AmaVerde and AmaBella in offering an exclusive Twin Balcony design in the majority of staterooms; multiple dining venues; complimentary Internet and Infotainment system, a heated swimming pool or whirlpool on the Sun Deck plus many more unique design elements.

In addition to the European destinations, AmaWaterways offers the separate and distinct AmaVoyages to Vietnam and Cambodia via the AmaLotus (2011) and the La Marguerite (2009); Russia via the AmaKatarina (2011); Portugal via the AmaVida (2013); and Africa via the Zambezi Queen (2009).

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Stratton Mountain, Vermont is Buzzing with Activity this Summer

June 13, 2012

Wanderlust, the world’s largest multi-day yoga festival, takes place at Stratton Mountain, Vermont, June 21-24.

Stratton Mountain will be buzzing with activity this summer. Live music, the world’s largest multi-day yoga festival, outdoor challenges, fireworks and good old summertime fun fill the calendar from spring to fall. The calendar will continue to be updated, so please check for the most recent information! Below are the 2012 summer highlights.

June 21 to 24 Wanderlust

Wanderlust, the world’s largest multi-day yoga festival, is everything a yogi, nature lover, music fan and localvore could wish for. The festival features yoga classes, guided meditations, hikes, concerts, local and organic eats and lectures for young or old and everyone in between. Come for one day or four, wander the Market without a ticket or try your hand at something new for any ability level.

June 30 to July 1Mountain Friends and Freedom Celebration

An all-American weekend to ring in the fourth of July at Stratton. A full day of music on Saturday, capped off by evening Independence Day fireworks. Pie eating, whiffle ball, outdoor games, hay rides, horseshoes, a giant slip and slide and much more fill the weekend.

Weekly, starting July 7 – Stratton Saturday Under the Stars Concert Series

Warm summer nights and live music go hand in hand making Stratton’s Saturday Under the Stars the place to be starting on July 7 and continuing weekly through Labor Day. Held in the base area, this summer concert series is a fun, free event for the entire family with food and beverage for purchase on site. So pull up a chair, bring a blanket and get your groove on under the great weather.

July 7 Tour de Bondville Bicycle Rally

The Sixth Annual Tour de Bondville is a bike ride, golf outing and after party benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Whether you choose the 50, 25 or 18 mile bike ride or want to spend the day on the links, join us for a day celebrating the best Vermont has to offer and to raise money for a good cause.

August 3 to 5The FIRM Racing Triathlon

A sprint distance triathlon that lets you swim, bike, and run in one of the prettiest parts of the USA. The half mile swim takes place at the Snowmaking Pond, followed by an 18-mile road bike course of classic New England cycling and a 3-mile run.

August 12 Heels to Paws 5k Fun Run/Walk

Four legs are just as welcome at Stratton as two! Bring your furry friend along for a vigorous 5k Fun Run/Walk. Money raised benefits Second Chance Animal Shelter.

August 15 to 19The Vermont Challenge Bicycle Tour

The Vermont Challenge is a 3- or 4-day bicycle tour through southern and central Vermont which draws upon the creative energy of local businesses and people of Vermont, ski resorts, restaurants and farms in each local community that we visit. See the beauty of our part of Vermont from behind your handlebars during this unique event and take the Challenge!

September 1 to 3Labor Day Festivities and Annual Tent Sale

Come up to the lush Green Mountains of southern Vermont for a Labor Day Weekend full of live music, local food and healthy competition!

October 6 to 7Columbus Day Weekend

Columbus Day Weekend will be jam packed with family fun, fall foliage and a run to the Summit. Events include the annual Chilifest Cookoff, Brewfest, the North Face Race to the Summit and all-American summer activities like hay rides, apple picking and much more!

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