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The Woodstock Inn & Resort Sweetens Spring with Sugar Season Packages

February 18, 2015

Woodstock, VT – Sugar Season signifies the end of winter in Vermont as warmer weather brings flowing sap for the creation of Vermont’s famous maple syrup. This spring maple takes center stage with sweet savings at The Woodstock Inn & Resort located in the heart of Woodstock, VT. From a family-friendly vacation to an elegant romantic escape, the resort’s Sugar Season Escape packages allow guests to indulge in the luxury of The Woodstock Inn & Resort to welcome the spring season.

Woodstock celebrates all things maple during Maple Madness Weekend, March 28 and 29, with festivities at Suicide Six including Sugar on Snow, a maple taste-a-round and even a muddy bike ride. Guests interested in learning more about maple syrup production can visit nearby Sugarbush Farms and take-in the sugar house tours, explore a nature trail to see the sugar maple trees, and sample four grades of 100% pure Vermont maple syrup.

The Sugar Season Escape package includes: Luxury accommodations at The Woodstock Inn & Resort; Hearty country breakfast for two each morning (Midweek rates starting at $169/room/night; Weekend rates starting at $199/room/night).

The Sugar Season “Extra Sweet” package includes: Luxury accommodations; breakfast; $100 spa credit per room, per night ( Midweek rates starting at $239, Weekend rates starting at $269).

Sugar Season “Suite Deals” package includes:Luxury Suite accommodations;breakfast; bottle of wine upon arrival; a taste of maple welcome amenity ( Midweek rates from $299, Weekend rates from $329).

Packages run March 8 through May 28, 2015. To reserve this package, call 855-238-6954 or book online http://www.woodstockinn.com/Specials-Packages Booking restrictions apply.

Activities at the Woodstock Inn & Resort include a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, complete with indoor tennis courts and racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and a sauna. The 10,000 square-foot LEED-designed spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance, nourishing treatments, organic products and a great room for spa-goers to enjoy.

Guests can dine at Richardson’s Tavern, which offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with a full bar. The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant, emphasizes fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. The new game room brings out the kid in everyone featuring a wall-size scrabble board, vintage pin ball games, shuffle board and bar service from Richardson’s Tavern.

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

For additional information become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Woodstock-Inn-Resort, visit www.woodstockinn.com or call the sales department at 802-457-6632.

 

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Lark Hotels Opens Stylish, Hip 21 Broad on Nantucket

July 24, 2014
Lark Hotels' 21 Broad has just opened on Nantucket, bringing the hotelier's stylish touch to the island.

Lark Hotels’ 21 Broad has just opened on Nantucket, bringing the hotelier’s stylish touch to the island.

Lark Hotels expands its “designer hotel meets historic property” concept with the grand opening of Nantucket’s 21 Broad, which began welcoming guests July 19.

Boasting designs by Boston’s award-winning Rachel Reider Interiors, 21 Broad is a fully renovated, 27-room hotel located within a 1876 structure and just a minute’s walk from the Steamship Authority and iconic island restaurants.

21 Broad pampers guests with luxuries such as a steam and massage room, gluten free artisan pastries and eco-friendly vitamin C showers, which de-chlorinate the water and leave the skin silky smooth.

21 Broad, which is owned by Bruce A. Percelay, is Lark Hotel’s second collaboration with his Boston-based real estate development company and joins Percelay’s chic sister property 76 Main, which opened last summer and is the only hotel on tony Main Street in the heart of Nantucket town.

Like all Lark hotels, guestrooms and common areas at 21 Broad display a hip and stylish decor, which infuses the historic architecture with bold, yet playful designs. Interiors blend an “Urban meets Nantucket – Modern meets Broad Street” feel all the while keeping the integrity of its 1800s structure. Reider has created the designs for most of the Lark Hotels collection. Textures and colors at 21 Broad blend a “white on white” palette with pops of bold colors mixed with woods, large striking art pieces, earth toned linens and sea grass.

Guest amenities and services at 21 Broad include spa services, a guest lounge with games, turntable with vinyl collection, landscaped outdoor courtyard with fire pit, iPads and iPod docking stations with a white noise feature, 40” LED Smart TVs, in-room Keurig coffee makers and refrigerators, personalized concierge service, complimentary wireless internet, and guest discounts for online purchases at vineyard vines, the official outfitter of 21 Broad and all Lark Hotels.

Set in six coveted seaside locations – Kennebunkport and Portland, ME, Nantucket, MA, Portsmouth, NH and Newport and Narragansett, RI – Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in, but in playful, unexpected ways. Think “sense of place” with imagination and a touch of mischief. Each Lark Hotel invites guests to experience modern luxury in the heart of an iconic destination, to feel the pull of a nostalgic getaway while surrounded by today’s amenities and to find attentive service when they want it and privacy when they don’t.

For additional information on 21 Broad, visit www.21broadhotel.com ;or call 508-228-4749.

For information on Lark Hotels and the “On a Lark Club,” visit www.larkhotels.com.

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New Hampshire Grand Has Grand Deals for Summer Travel in Granite State’s Coos County

June 30, 2014

New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for Coos County, has launched Grand Deals to invite summer travelers to stay and play at some of NH Grand’s premiere lodging and attractions at a discounted price. Current Grand Deals include adventures and lodging packages at Bear Rock Adventures in Colebrook, and the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour and the Omni Mount Washington Hotel – both in Bretton Woods.

“We are excited to launch the Grand Deals program and hope to bring first-time visitors to northern New Hampshire, along with visitors who return year after year who want to take advantage of some great savings,” said Cathy Conway of NH Grand. “The Grand Deals make family travel more affordable and attracts visitors who are seeking wild outdoor adventures or more relaxing, peaceful lodging accommodations.”

Bear Rock Adventures, the premiere ATV and OHRV rental agent in the North Country, is offering the Grand Deal of 10% off rental reservations. ATV novices and enthusiasts are encouraged to rent an ATV or OHRV for the day or weekend and Ride the Wilds, the 1000+ miles of interconnected ATV trails throughout northern New Hampshire. This Grand Deal must be redeemed through the Grand Deal website.

Using the promo code NHGRAND14, the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour is offering the Grand Deal of 10% off reservations for the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. Situated high on the slopes of Bretton Woods and descending over 1000 feet of elevation, the three-hour tour takes nature-lovers and thrill-seekers across a series of nine tree-top zip lines through a network of platforms and sky bridges high in the ancient hemlocks.

The Omni Mount Washington Resort in the majestic White Mountains offers a four-diamond White Mountain getaway just 2 ½ hours from Boston, with guest access to all resort activities and amenities including two golf courses, a full service spa and year-round Canopy Tour. Take advantage of the Grand Deal and enjoy 10% off lodging with promo code “GRAND”.

To learn more about NH Grand’s Grand Deals, visit www.nhgrand.com/deals. Grand Deals are subject to availability, and restrictions and black-out dates may apply.

 

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New Hampshire Ski Areas Celebrate January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month; Free Week Jan. 11-17

December 23, 2013
Snowboarding at Waterville Valley. Ski New Hampshire resorts are celebrating January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Snowboarding at Waterville Valley. Ski New Hampshire resorts are celebrating January as Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

During the month of January, Ski New Hampshire (Ski NH) and its 33 member resorts will participate in a national program to introduce guests to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.  Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month is a program taking place across the United States that features special offers making it easy and affordable for people to learn to ski, snowboard, cross country ski or snowshoe, and for current skiers & snowboarders to enhance their skills by taking lessons from professional instructors.

Among the special offers being featured in New Hampshire is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Free Week from January 11-17. 2014.  During this week, participating NH ski areas will be offering a limited number of free learn to ski or snowboard packages.  These packages include a free beginner lesson, free equipment rentals, and a free beginner lift ticket or trail pass to those who register in advance.  Participants must visit www.SkiNH.com to register and download a Learn to Ski or Ride Free Coupon; they then contact one of the participating areas to make a reservation for a specific day that week.  Registration opens January 2, 2014 at SkiNH.com.  Participating alpine areas include Loon Mountain, Bretton Woods, Cannon Mountain, Waterville Valley, Gunstock Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Pats Peak, King Pine, Dartmouth Skiway and Granite Gorge; participating cross country areas include Jackson XC, Great Glen Trails, Gunstock Mountain Resort XC, Purity Spring XC, Waterville Valley XC, Pine Hill Ski Club and Bretton Woods XC.

Every day of the ski season, New Hampshire’s ski areas already offer specially-designed learn to ski and snowboard programs to introduce new people to the sport. In addition to these learn to ski and snowboard packages, there will be many other special programs offered during January that normally are not available.  Among these offerings, guests will find free & discounted lift tickets for those who bring a friend to try the sport, special pricing on learn to ski or snowboard packages, and follow-up rewards for first timers who choose to hit the downhill slopes or cross country trails again.  Guests can visit the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month section on SkiNH.com for full details & offers.

Nationally the program is being promoted by a consortium of ski industry organizations & media outlets, as well as three well-known national ambassadors: ski icon Glen Plake, New Hampshire’s own Olympic & World Cup champion Bode Miller, and World Cup champion Darren Rahlves.

“Skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing & snowshoeing offer a fun & healthy way to get outside and enjoy winter with family and friends,” said Alice Pearce, president of Ski NH.  “As the national slogan says, ‘Humans Were Never Meant to Hibernate.'”

To learn more about Ski NH’s January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month events and New Hampshire’s 33 downhill and cross country resorts, visit www.SkiNH.com

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Ski New Hampshire Lift Ticket Packages, Snowsports Passport Make Ideal Holiday Gifts

December 3, 2013
Snowboarding at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Snowboarding at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Searching for gifts geared towards skiers and snowboarders? Ski NH’s Anywhere, Anytime Lift Ticket Packages offer one of the best gift ideas, especially for those that ski primarily on weekends and during holiday periods. The tickets offer savings of up to $26 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. New for this season purchasers have the convenient option of printing their tickets at home or work, ideal for last-minute shopping.

Customers 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 $22, $32, $47, $60 and $70 per ticket. 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 (sold out), Cannon Mountain (sold out), 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 sell out quickly.  Currently less than 100 tickets remain for four ski areas.

The 4th and 5th Grade Snowsports Passport program is available to any 4th or 5th grade student, regardless of location. The passport costs $35, with a portion donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. The passport consists of one, two, or three lift tickets or trail passes for each of the 33 member resorts of Ski NH, as well as savings on downhill lift tickets and cross country trail passes for parents and siblings, rental packages, lessons and more. To purchase a Ski NH Snowsports Passport, simply complete an application available on SkiNH.com and forward a copy of the child’s report card. Quantities are limited with only 4,000 Snowsports Passports available for the 2013-14 ski season, so it’s best to act sooner than later.

Lift ticket packages and the Snowsports Passport can both be purchased online at SkiNH.com, or by phone (phone orders are subject to a $10 shipping plus processing fee). For more details and to order, visit www.SkiNH.com or call 800-88-SKI-NH (800-887-5464).

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Newport Mansions Host Christmas Festivities at Breakers, Elms, Marble House

November 19, 2013
Alva Vanderbilt's grand Marble House, one of the Newport Mansions, is inviting guests for Christmas © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Alva Vanderbilt’s grand Marble House, one of the Newport Mansions, is inviting guests for Christmas © 2013 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

The famed Newport, Rhode Island, Gilded Age mansions, The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House, welcome visitors for Christmas from November 23 through January 1, 2014. The Preservation Society of Newport County is presenting music, tours, shopping events, and visits from Santa Claus at three of America’s grandest historic houses.

New this year is a gingerbread house competition at The Breakers.  Four local pastry programs have created gingerbread models of the Newport Mansions that are on display in the kitchen.  The competitors are Clements’ Marketplace in Portsmouth, RI; Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School of Fall River, MA;  Fatulli’s Gourmet Bakery in  Middletown, RI; and Russell Morin Fine Catering of Newport and Providence, RI.

Returning to the Great Hall of The Breakers this year is the 15-foot tall poinsettia tree, which for the past few years had been displayed at The Elms.   The “tree” is made up of 150 individual poinsettia plants, grown in the Preservation Society’s own greenhouses.  The plants are removed and replaced several times during the six-week holiday season to ensure the display remains fresh.

Christmas trees of various sizes throughout the houses are adorned with new flickering LED candle lights. Additional decorations in the three houses include dozens of wreaths, hundreds of yards of garland and thousands of flowers, including poinsettia plants, lilies, roses, carnations and potted palms.  Ornaments reflect the colors and décor of individual rooms, and white candles illuminate the windows.  Additional highlights include an eight-foot decorated wreath on the grand staircase of Marble House, new large evergreen kissing balls hung in each house, and a pastel floral theme in the ballroom of The Elms.

Three Houses Open Daily

Christmas officially arrives at the Newport Mansions on Saturday, November 23.  The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House will be fully decorated and open daily for tours, except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, through January 1, 2014.  A Winter Passport ticket providing daytime admission to all three houses can be purchased for $28 for adults, $9 for children 6-17. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free.  Individual house tickets are also available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NewportMansions.org, or at each property.

Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions

Holiday Evenings at the Newport Mansions provide a unique opportunity to see these historic houses lit up for a night-time celebration. Guests can take a leisurely self-guided tour through the museum, enjoying live holiday music and a stop for cookies and pastries, eggnog and cider.  Holiday Evenings at The Breakers are scheduled for November 30 and December 7, 14, and 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. On December 21, guests can enjoy a Holiday Evening Duet: The Elms and Marble House, and see both of the houses for the price of one, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Admission to Holiday Evenings is $28 in advance, $35 at the door.  Children 6-17 are admitted for $10. Children under the age of 6 are admitted free.  Preservation Society members enjoy reduced admission, $25 in advance, $30 at the door.  On December 21, a single ticket provides admission to both The Elms and Marble House, as well as shuttle service operating between the two houses.  More information, including the schedule of Holiday Evening entertainment, and advance tickets are available online at www.NewportMansions.org, or call (401) 847-1000.

Visits with Santa Claus 

Children can visit with Santa Claus in a spectacular setting at each of the three mansions on Sundays in December.  Santa will make public appearances from noon to 3 p.m. at The Breakers on December 8, Marble House on December 15, and The Elms on December 22.  The visit with Santa is included in the regular admission price.

About The Mansions

The Breakers, a 70-room Italian Renaissance-style palazzo, was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt and completed in 1895 for Cornelius Vanderbilt II, President and Chairman of the New York Central Railroad.  Its interiors include rich marbles and gilded rooms, a 50-foot high Great Hall, mosaic tile floors and ceilings, and open-air terraces with magnificent ocean views.

The Elms is an elegant French-style chateau built in 1901 for Philadelphia coal magnate Edward J. Berwind.  It serves as a backdrop for monumental artworks, including wall-sized 18th century Venetian paintings and Chinese lacquer panels.  The Elms is situated on a 10-acre park with an elaborate sunken garden.

Marble House was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt. Built and furnished at a reported cost of $11 million, it was the most lavish house in America when it opened in 1892.  It became a grand stage for Alva Vanderbilt’s climb to social and political power, first as a leading society hostess and later as a leader of the “Votes for Women” campaign.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For further information, visit www.NewportMansions.org.

New Inn to Inn Bike Tour of New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

August 14, 2013

Biking is one of  the most popular outdoor activities in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, and for good reason. The area is full of trails with both leisurely and challenging terrain surrounded by beautiful scenery.

Now there is a newly developed program called the Inn-to-Inn Bike Tour.

Several organizations within New Hampshire have partnered up to bring biking visitors a regional tour designed for ultimate sights and relaxation. Travel between seven historical inns in the Lakes and Darmouth/Lake Sunapee Regions and take a cyclist’s dream tour around beautiful New Hampshire.

The Inns include:

  • Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake in North Sutton
  • Inn on Newfound Lake in Bristol
  • Shaker Farm Bed & Breakfast in Enfield
  • Common Man Inn  & Spa in Plymouth
  • Inn at Pleasant Lake in New London
  • Common Man Inn & Spa in Claremont
  • Highland Lake Inn in Andover

Visit www.bikethenorthernrailtrail.com for information, pricing and reservations.

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Newport’s Preservation Society Costume Exhibit at Rosecliff Traces 20th Century Fashion

June 7, 2013

As the summer playground to many of America’s wealthiest families, Newport was once a swirl of couture dresses in a seemingly endless string of balls and entertainments. The Preservation Society of Newport County’s annual costume exhibition at Rosecliff (1902) this year highlights 20th century fashion and the way designers marketed changing styles and silhouettes to American consumers. The 11 dresses on exhibit are among the finest garments in the Preservation Society’s collection, from designers such as Chanel, Givenchy and Halston, among others.

Among the highlights of the exhibit is a 1925 evening gown by Callot Soeurs of Paris. With its straight profile, this evening dress epitomized the style of the period. The increasing popularity of automobiles and dance crazes such as the jitterbug necessitated shorter hemlines and ushered in a new silhouette for the 1920s. Heavy corsetting and layers of skirts were out, girdles and bras that flattened out the figure were in.

From the late 1930s to the mid ’40s, dresses were back to having a more defined waist and fuller skirt to emphasize the female figure. The exhibit includes a 1941 tea party dress made of cotton organdy which demonstrates this style.

Additional highlights include a 1965 red skirt suit by Chanel, a 1985 cotton organdy pant suit with glass beads by Halston, and a wool cocktail dress by Givenchy from the 1990s.

The Preservation Society’s costume collection helps to trace the changing role of women in American society over the centuries. The creation of one-of-a-kind garments, known as haute couture, has represented the pinnacle of high fashion since the 19th century. The allure of haute couture still captivates the imagination today; however, due to dwindling markets, collections now include fewer pieces than they did in the early 20th century.

Beginning in the 1960s, designers licensed their names for use on products and expanded their own lines beyond apparel. At the same time, the retail clothing industry diversified, providing more options at different price points. Today, haute couture collections no longer set the standards for how women should dress. Instead, they have evolved into marketing tools that shape a designer’s “brand” and increase sales of affordable products. Some devotees still buy haute couture clothing, but it is a shrinking population.

The exhibit is on display in the Lesley Bogert Crawford costume galleries on the 2nd floor of Rosecliff through November 22. Admission to the exhibit is included with any Rosecliff tour ticket, including multi-house tickets. Rosecliff is open daily for tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 22, except when it is closed for the Newport Flower Show June 20-23. Newport Mansions tickets can be purchased online at www.NewportMansions.org, or in person at any Preservation Society property.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts. Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

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‘America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now’ Exhibit at Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design

August 21, 2012

Laura McPhee’s Smoke from a Wildfire Ignited by Sparks from a Burn Barrel, Champion Creek, Custer County, Idaho, 2005. Gift of the artist and Carroll and Sons (Boston, MA) in honorof Joe Deal, is part of the America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now exhibit on view at Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design,  Providence. © Laura McPhee. Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design announces its major fall exhibition, America in View: Landscape Photography 1865 to Now, a broad panorama of our country’s topographies and correlating narratives that reveals a nation’s ambitions and failings, beauty and loss, politics and personal stories through about 150 photographs spanning nearly 150 years. The show opens Friday, September 21, 2012, and is on view through January 13, 2013.

The public is invited to a free opening party at the RISD Museum on Thursday, September 20, at 5:30 pm; all are welcome.

On Wednesday, October 3, at 6:15 pm, Sally Mann, one of the most influential photographers in the world today, shares her evocative images and reads from her forthcoming book.

“The landscape has inspired and challenged artists since the earliest days of our nation,” says Museum Director John W. Smith. “The remarkable works in this exhibition not only capture photography’s evolving relationship with the landscape but also trace the larger narrative of America itself.”

From the earliest images in the show, it is clear how purpose guided style. Carlton Watkins’ 1860s painterly and atmospheric views of the sublime landscape portray the wilderness as a place of spiritual renewal and a refuge from urban problems. In contrast, Timothy O’Sullivan, employed for the government’s geological surveys in the 1870s, made purposefully spare and anti-picturesque images that seem to provide proof of empty territories needing to be studied, secured, and settled.

In her essay for America in View‘s accompanying catalogue, photographer Deborah Bright, chair of the Fine Art Department at Pratt Institute, suggests that some of the historical shifts in environmental consciousness seen in the photographs “illuminate how the works also reflect changing conceptions of landscapes as bearers of cultural meaning.” Ansel Adams, whose mid-20th-century views of nature’s majesty and vastness represent many people’s ideals of American landscape photography, omitted human impact on the land. Widely used by the Sierra Club, his stunning images of untouched wilderness encouraged conservation in the face of an increasingly industrial society.

By the 1970s, artists including the late RISD provost and photography professor Joe Deal saw that the environment entailed both wilderness and the vacant lot next door. Their “New Topographics” imagery depicts recently constructed tract homes, industrial parks, and highway culture —- inverting Adams’ exclusion. “‘Landscape’ is probably better understood as that set of expectations and beliefs… we project upon the world,” explains Brown University art historian Douglas Nickel in the catalogue. “Not every photograph of land is a landscape, and not every landscape necessarily features the land.”

The past 20 years reveal a return to romantic views of the landscape, even in its degraded state, often including figures to create narratives. Justine Kurland’s landscape under an overpass shows a stunning place of fantasy and escape. RISD alumnus Justin Kimball explores fantasies of finding wilderness in public parks —- where instead we find others seeking the same.

America in View was inspired by a generous gift of photographs from Deal and his widow, Betsy Ruppa. Jan Howard, the Museum’s curator of Prints, Drawings + Photographs, says, “This gift, and other contributions in Joe’s honor, gives the Museum a new strength in late 20th-century landscape photography, celebrated in this exhibition.”

Southeastern New England’s only comprehensive art museum, the Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design —- also known as the RISD Museum of Art —- was established in 1877. Its permanent collection of more than 86,000 objects includes paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from every part of the world —- including objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, and art of all periods from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, up to the latest in contemporary art. The Museum also offers a wide array of educational and public programs to more than 100,000 visitors annually.

The RISD Museum of Art, with entrances at 224 Benefit Street and 20 North Main Street in Providence, RI, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm, and 10 am-9 pm on Thursday. For more information, call 401 454-6500 or visit risdmuseum.org.

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Historic Woodstock Inn & Resort Offers Special $195 Rate through Sept 13

August 21, 2012

No need to pack away the summer whites just yet. With record breaking above-average temperatures this summer expected to continue past Labor Day, the Woodstock Inn & Resort invites travelers to extend their summer with a special per night rate of $195 through September 13.

“Visitors are welcome to enjoy the ‘Endless Summer’ feel at the Woodstock Inn & Resort before the crisp cool air of fall settles into the region,” said President and General Manager Werner Graef. “The weather is ideal for experiencing the great outdoors including our award winning golf course.”

The “Endless Summer” rate represents a savings of 30 percent and is available Sunday through Thursday from August 20 to September 13, 2012, based on double occupancy. Rate excludes applicable taxes and resort fee.

Golfers looking for an endless summer getaway can tee-off at the Robert Trent Jones, Sr 18-hole golf course with the Unlimited Golf Package starting at $349 per room, per night. The packageincludes:

Unlimited golf at The Resort’s Golf Club

One night luxury accommodation

Golf cart

Continental breakfast for two

Complimentary use of the practice facility

The Unlimited Golf package is valid now through October 31, 2012, based on double occupancy, excluding applicable taxes and resort fee.

The culturally rich destination of Woodstock has an abundance of antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more, all within steps of the resort. Guests can walk Main Street and partake in nearby outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and tennis.

Relaxation and recreation are essential components of a stay at The Woodstock Inn & Resort. The property’s 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified spa offers a nature-inspired ambiance and features nourishing treatments with organic products. The Racquet & Fitness Club is a comprehensive facility with indoor and outdoor tennis courts, racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and sauna. Dining options include The Red Rooster, the resort’s award-winning fine dining restaurant emphasizing fresh, local ingredients sourced from the best purveyors in New England. And, Richardson’s Tavern offers a cozy old-world atmosphere with an extensive dinner menu and full bar.

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