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Vail Resorts Contributes to Colorado Flood Relief Effort

September 21, 2013
Vail Resorts' Keystone Resort © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Vail Resorts’ Keystone Resort © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Vail Resorts, Inc. is making an immediate $100,000 contribution towards relief efforts from the catastrophic flooding that has occurred in Colorado’s Front Range and additionally, will donate $1 for every season pass sold in Colorado, which will more than double its overall contribution. The Company is working with local officials to identify the appropriate organizations that need the funds and will post the final breakdown of its donations on the EpicPass.com website.

“Colorado is not just where our Company’s headquarters and four of our world-class mountain resorts are located, it’s our home. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our friends, neighbors and employees in the Boulder and broader Colorado communities during this difficult time,” said Rob Katz chairman and chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. “We believe it will be critical for everyone to come together in the coming weeks and months to help the community rebuild and heal, and we hope others join us in our efforts to help those in need.”

On Saturday, Sept. 21, Vail Resorts is hosting its company-wide volunteer Echo Day, with employees working on community projects in 10 different locations across the country.  More than 350 employees and their families from the corporate office in Broomfield will now donate their volunteer hours to help with critical restoration efforts in Boulder County. The company is working with Boulder County and other agencies to determine the most critical projects.

For more information about the Company’s contribution to the flood relief efforts, visit www.epicpass.com.

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Broadway Musicals Come Together for Free Outdoor Concert in Lower Manhattan, Sept. 27

September 20, 2013
A performance by SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK is one of the musicals that will be featured in a free outdoor concert at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, Sept. 27.

A performance by SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK is one of the musicals that will be featured in a free outdoor concert at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, Sept. 27.

BROADWAY ON THE HUDSON, a free concert presented by United Airlines, will take place in lower Manhattan on Friday, September 27 from 12:30to 2 pm at Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza, 220 Vesey Street.

The free outdoor concert will feature performances from nearly a dozen Broadway shows. Shows that are expected to participate include:

ANNIE

CHICAGO

FIRST DATE THE MUSICAL

NEWSIES

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

PIPPIN

RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA

ROCK OF AGES

SOUL DOCTOR

SPIDER-MAN TURN OFF THE DARK

For more information about shows on Broadway and on national tours, visit: www.broadway.org

Evergreen Inn at Spring Lake on the Jersey Shore Has Fall Promotion

September 20, 2013
The Evergreen Inn, Spring Lake Estates, NJ, has a fall special through Dec. 31.

The Evergreen Inn in Spring Lake Heights on the New Jersey shore, has a fall special through Dec. 31.

The Evergreen Inn at the Jersey Shore has a terrific Fall promotion: “Life’s a Beach” is a $150 package that’s free when guests spend any two consecutive nights until December 30, 2013.

  • Two $25 massage credits ($50 value) toward an inn house Swedish Massage
  • Two gym passes ($40 value) at The Atlantic Club
  • Enjoy a dessert/appetizer/glass of wine ($10 value) at several local restaurants
  • A $50 ‘gift’ certificate to give to a friend toward a stay at the Evergreen Inn

The Evergreen Inn, which has been called the “Sweetheart of the Jersey Shore,” is conveniently located in Spring Lake Heights, two blocks from Spring Lake and another short walk to the Atlantic Ocean. Owner Laurie Carloni has been hosting guests for 17 years in her 10 room historic bed & breakfast.

The Evergreen Inn’s accommodations reflect the colorful spirit, creativity, privacy and relaxation that have been recognized by Arrington’s for ‘Best Breakfast’ and Trip Advisor for being in the top tiered ‘shore’ properties for Excellence.

What is more, if you don’t want to drive, the inn is minutes from the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line train station.

Contact The Evergreen Inn, 206 Rt. 71 (corner of Ocean Road), Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey 07762, 732-449-9019, Laurie Carloni, Innkeeper, evergreeninn@verizon.net, www.TheEvergreenInn.com.

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Ski NH Anytime Lift Ticket Packages Save up to $22 Off Weekend/Holiday Rates

September 17, 2013

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New Hampshire’s Ski NH Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer one of the best deals skiers and snowboarders can find, especially if you ski primarily on weekends and during holiday periods. The tickets offer up to $22 off weekend & holiday rates at Ski NH member ski areas. The packages consist of the purchaser’s choice of fully-transferable lift tickets that are valid every day of the 2013-14 ski season.  Packages are ideal to share with friends, family and co-workers.

New for this season skiers will now have the convenient option of printing their tickets at home or work. Tickets are slated to go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 24 at 9am at SkiNH.com.

Skiers and snowboarders can choose their favorite ski areas or customize a mix of lift tickets to two or more ski areas; tickets are broken down into five price categories of $17, $27, $42, $55 and $65 per ticket. Prices will increase $5 per ticket after the October 31, early season pricing deadline. Packages begin at a minimum of six lift tickets and can be purchased in any increment above that.

Ski areas included in the offer are Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Mount Sunapee, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain, Pats Peak, Ragged Mountain, Black Mountain, King Pine Ski Area, Dartmouth Skiway, Granite Gorge, and McIntyre Ski Area.

Ticket inventory is limited and many areas are expected to sell out quickly. Skiers and snowboarders should make their purchase sooner than later to be sure they get their favorite ski areas at the best price available. Packages can be purchased online at SkiNH.com, or by phone (phone orders are subject to a $10 shipping and processing fee). For details on Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages and to order, visit www.SkiNH.com or call 800-88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464).

Ski NH is the statewide association representing 33 alpine and cross country resorts and more than 200 lodging and guest service properties in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, lodging packages, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, call Ski NH at (800) 88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464) or visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com.

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Malaysia’s New ‘MYPass’ Travel Card Makes It Easier to Travel in Country, Save Money

September 14, 2013

The newly launched ‘MYPass’ travel card enables visitors to Malaysia to conveniently travel within the country and save money. ‘MYPass’ is a prepaid and discount flash card issued by Touch ‘n Go, Malaysia’s leading e-payment service provider. ‘MYPass’ can be used to pay for products and services, in cities such as Kuala Lumpur (KL), the country’s capital, and wherever the Touch ‘n Go signs are displayed, including KL’s public transport, retail stores, restaurants, theme parks, attractions and more.

The card can be reloaded from as low as RM10 and up to a maximum of RM1,500 at convenience stores, transit stations, petrol stations and selected retail outlets. Visitors can purchase, reload, and refund their ‘MYPass’ pack from the ‘MYPass’ Mini Hubs at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) Departure Hall Level 5 and The Zon, Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT), the moment they land.

‘MYPass’ also comes with a complimentary SIM pack, which includes discount vouchers. Visitors simply need to present the card along with the voucher to enjoy exclusive discounts and other great benefits.

KL’s public transport is operated by different entities. However, visitors can use their ‘MYPass’ to pay the fare on all of the different transit systems including KLIA EKSPRES, the non-stop airport rail service and the fastest way to reach city center. Avoid having to stand in line to purchase tickets or figuring out the fare schedule. Visitors only need to get their ‘MYPass’ and the transit map, and they are set to go. It is recommended that visitors have a minimum of RM10 per day to cover public transport needs during their stay in Malaysia.

For more information, visit www.mypass.com.my

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AirBerlin Has Fare Sale Through Sept 30

September 14, 2013

Effective September 14th through September 30th, 2013 airberlin, Germany’s second largest airline is offering some of the lowest fares of the season for fall and winter travel. Destinations offered include Chicago to Warsaw from $699, Miami to Zurich from $799 and New York to Budapest from $649, these sample roundtrip fares include taxes. The sale is valid for travel for departures from October 24th through December 14th, 2013 and January 13th through March 21, 2014.

With this fare special airberlin guests can explore the wonders of Europe in fall and winter and take advantage of seasonal festivals and celebrations, such as the Dresden Jazz festival in November or Christmas markets throughout Europe starting the last week of November for holiday shopping. For the sports enthusiast, skiing and other winter sports abound in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

To book contact your travel agent, visit airberlin.com or call the service center at 1-866-266-5588.

airberlin is one of Europe’s leading airlines and flies to 151 destinations in 40 countries. The second largest airline in Germany carried more than 33 million passengers in 2012. airberlin offers a global route network through its strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 29.21% share in airberlin, and through membership of the oneworld® airline alliance. The airline with the award-winning service operates codeshare flights worldwide with 14 airlines. The fleet has an average age of five years and is among the most modern and eco-efficient in Europe.

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Vail Resort’s “Epic” Ski Pass Now Includes Les 3 Vallées Mountain Resorts in France

September 11, 2013
Vail Resorts' Heavenly ski resort, Lake Tahoe offers incomparable scenery and ski experience This year, Vail Resorts' Epic season pass includes the resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France, largest ski area in the world © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Vail Resorts’ Heavenly ski resort, Lake Tahoe offers incomparable scenery and ski experience This year, Vail Resorts’ Epic season pass includes the resorts of Les 3 Vallées, France, largest ski area in the world © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

 

Vail Resorts, Inc. announced an epic partnership with the largest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallées, home to the legendary mountain resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-les-Bains, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Val Thorens and Orelle, France. The Epic Season Pass now features five free days of skiing and riding in Les 3 Vallées, bringing the total access to 26 world-class mountains in four countries and further enhancing the already exceptional value of the world’s greatest lift pass.

Epic Pass holders have the opportunity to experience the best of Europe and the best of the USA, with access to Verbier, Switzerland; Arlberg, Austria; and now Les 3 Vallées, France, in addition to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Arapahoe Basin and Eldora in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe; and new for the 2013-2014 season, Canyons in Park City, Utah.

Les 3 Vallées area lies in the heart of the French Alps and is legendary among skiers and riders around the globe, revered for its elegant charm and baroque art and architecture, boasting nine ski-in/ski-out Michelin-star restaurants and exceptional ski-in/ski-out lodging, all while maintaining its alpine character and family friendly appeal. Often voted the best location in Europe for early season snow, Les 3 Vallées has been a long-standing favorite for skiers and riders seeking a truly world-class European experience.

The unrestricted five free days of skiing and riding will be reciprocated for Les 3 Vallées season pass holders, allowing even more European guests to experience Vail Resorts’ world-class mountain resorts. At only $689, the Epic Season Pass is the best value lift pass in the industry.

“We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Les 3 Vallées, as Epic Pass holders can now ski the best resorts in the world, in four countries, on one pass. Vail Resorts is constantly looking for opportunities to enhance the incredible value of the Epic Pass that our  guests already receive and enjoy. In March, we announced that we increased the number of free days of access to Verbier, Switzerland, from three to five for the 2013-2014 season, followed shortly thereafter with news of an additional five days access to Arlberg, Austria, and most recently our acquisition of Vail Resorts’ first Utah mountain resort, Canyons” said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Vail Resorts.

“Epic Season Pass holders already enjoy an incredible experience with unlimited, unrestricted access to Vail Resorts’ eight world-class resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, KeystoneCanyons, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood as well as Arapahoe Basin and Eldora, but the addition of fifteen complimentary days of world-class skiing across France, Austria and Switzerland makes the Epic Pass the most compelling lift ticket offering available for skiers and riders, irrespective of where they live around the globe.”

Boasting 8 different resorts, 600 kilometers of interconnected trails, 180 ski lifts, and approximately five meters (16.6 feet) of annual snowfall, Les 3 Vallées is the largest interconnected ski area in the world, including the highest resort in Europe, Val Thorens. Les 3 Vallées ski area will be open from Dec. 7, 2013 – Apr. 25, 2014.

“Les 3 Vallées is the largest ski area in the world and preeminent destination in ski terrain choice, service and gastronomy in Europe” said Vincent Lalanne-Clouté, director of Les 3 Vallées. “We’re excited to partner with Vail Resorts as they operate the preeminent mountain resorts in the U.S. All eight resorts in Les 3 Vallées area look forward to welcoming Epic Pass holders to France this winter and offering our guests the experience of skiing and riding the premier resorts in the United States.”

Vail Resorts also offers other pass options for guests next winter:

  • The Epic Local Pass™ is perfect for guests who can navigate a pass with a few more restrictions on their winter vacation. The Epic Local Pass for $529 offers unlimited and unrestricted skiing or riding at Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin with limited restrictions at Canyons, Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood. Also includes a total of 10 days at Vail and Beaver Creek with US holiday restrictions. At the spring rate, the Epic Local Pass pays for itself in just over four days.
  • The Epic 7-Day ™ is ideal for guests who only plan to ski seven days throughout the winter season. It features seven unrestricted days of skiing and riding at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 7-day is $529 for adults and $269 for children (ages 5-12).
  • With the Epic 4-Day ™, skiers and riders get four total unrestricted tickets valid at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Canyons in Park City, Utah; and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in Tahoe. The Epic 4-Day is $349 for adults and $199 for children (ages 5-12). The Epic 4-Day is ideal for guests who only plan to take one ski vacation this winter.

Basically, if you ski five times, the pass pays for itself.

For more information or to purchase your pass, visit http://www.epicpass.com.

Top Fall Getaways in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County in NYS

September 11, 2013
Thompson House, Windham, NY has a fall golf getaway © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Thompson House, Windham, NY has a fall golf getaway © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offer a colorful, and family-friendly destination for leaf peeping located just two hours north of New York City. Save with seasonal packages, participate in the Adventure Passport Contest and experience autumn in the Adventure Capital of the Catskills!

In celebration of fall, the Great Northern Catskills offer special lodging deals, a number of seasonal festivals and ongoing family-friendly entertainment creating an unforgettable mountain getaway. Check out these top fall package deals and find additional savings online at www.greatnortherncatskills.com.

Save, Stay & Play Fall Golf Getaway at the Thompson House in Windham. Package includes accommodations, breakfast and lunch, 18 holes of golf at the Windham Country Club or Christman’s Pleasant Valley Golf Course with cart. Rates start at $101 per person, per day. Available through mid-October. Guests can also join in the revelry during Oktoberfest I at Hunter Mountain. Slated for October 5-6, the weekend will include authentic Bavarian entertainment, cuisine and family-friendly activities.

Adventurous Rejuvenation Package at the Kaatskill Mountain Club in Hunter. Package includes overnight accommodations in a suite, two 25-minute massages each day, dinner at Van Winkles Restaurant, easy access to hiking and geocaching at Hunter Mountain and late check-out. Rates start at $134 per person, per night. Package available through October 31, Wednesday-Friday only.

Columbus Day Guinness Oktoberfest at Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in Cornwallville. Package includes entry to Gavin’s 6th Annual Guinness Oktoberfest Weekend, three nights’ accommodations, six meals, a pint of Guinness at check-in, and live Irish musical entertainment all weekend. Rates start at $349 per person based on double occupancy. Available October 11-14. For additional fun, check out Hunter Mountain’s Oktoberfest II festivities, from October 12-13.

While visiting Greene County, look for Adventure Passport Contest locations, snap a photo and enter to win incredible prizes worth up to $3,400! Simply take four photos at participating Greene County Adventure Passport Contest attractions, log onto contest.GreatNorthernCatskills.com and upload the photos for a chance to win prizes, including an all-inclusive vacation, a brand new mountain bike, golf passes, gift certificates to Greene County businesses and more.

Greene County is located in the Great Northern Catskill Mountains and the verdant Hudson River Valley.  The region is home to five of the 10 highest Catskill Peaks and the Catskill State Park and is known as the nation’s first wilderness. Renowned as the home of Thomas Cole’s Hudson River School and the inspiration for Washington Irving’s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration.

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France Cruises Introduces ‘Signature CruiseTour’ All-Inclusive Packages

September 11, 2013
France Cruses barge-hotel, Caprice, sails up the canal in Burgundy © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

France Cruses barge-hotel, Caprice, sails up a canal in Burgundy © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

France Cruises, is introducing “Signature CruiseTour Packages”, offering riverboat or barge travelers a more complete, all-inclusive vacation plan in any destination they choose throughout France.

“Signature CruiseTour Packages” will provide France Cruises travelers an extensive variety of concierge-like amenities including: land tours, airport/train transfers, traditional hotel, meal and destination reservations and more.

“We are now able to coordinate every detail to offer the ultimate convenience for our clients,” France Cruises President Jean-Francois Dabrowski said. “With France Cruises ‘Signature CruiseTour Packages,’ travelers can now experience their ideal French vacation both on the water and on land.”

In addition to creating custom packages, tailored specifically to the vacation desires of each individual client, “Signature CruiseTour Packages” by France Cruises will also offer reduced, ready-made tour packages that are discounted, and available for a limited time. “12 Days in Paris & Bordeaux CruiseTour” is currently offered as part of this launch.

To learn more about France Cruises, and the new “Signature CruiseTour Packages” visit http://www.francecruises.com or call 866-498-3920.

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Fremont, Hailed as one of Top 10 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest, Hosts 17th Annual Oktoberfest Sept 20-22

September 11, 2013

Hailed on numerous “top 10 places to celebrate Oktoberfest in the world” lists, Fremont Oktoberfest takes over two entire city blocks in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood – the “Center of the Universe” – September 20-22, 2013.

“It’s Fremont Oktoberfest,” says Creative Director Phil Megenhardt. “So we add an eccentric Fremont-twist to this famous tradition. That’s why we stand out. We have a huge lineup of award-winning microbrews to go beyond traditional German beer, we give a nod to the German “oompah” bands but favor popular local rock bands, and we even have Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving!”

Featuring the biggest beer garden in the Northwest, Fremont Oktoberfest has over 100 craft and microbrews for guests to taste with their 5oz mini-steins, and for the traditionalists, full liter steins for German beers are available in the Buxom Beer Garden.  “Autumn brings an abundance of seasonal beer flavors that we can’t wait to showcase,” says Megenhardt.

The all-ages family-friendly Village features food trucks, Kids’ Area, Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, Sunday Dogtoberfest, and its own Village Beer Garden. It is also the finish line for the Fremont Oktoberfest 5K, playfully referred to as “the Ultimate Beer Run.”

“Tens of thousands of people come raise a toast and celebrate in the streets of Fremont,” says Megenhardt. “We’re number one in the universe. Seattle’s fall tradition is not to be missed!”

Tickets to the Fremont Oktoberfest Tasting Garden are available now, $20 and up for guests 21 and over. Access to the Fremont Oktoberfest Village is free and open to all ages.

Tickets and more information are available at FremontOktoberfest.com.

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