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New York Campground Owners Make Big Improvements for 2022 Camping Season

June 17, 2022
Cabins along the river at the Herkimer Diamond KOA campground, Herkimer, NY, are themed and you can even go prospecting for “diamonds.”. My cabin had a dinosaur dig theme. New York State campground owners have made many improvements in facilities and programs for this camping season © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Campground operators across New York State have added new campsites and cabins, new amenities and have scheduled live entertainment and theme weekends for this camping season.

“Campground operators have made improvements that will make their parks even better vacation destinations than they were last year,” said Donald G. Bennett, Jr., president and CEO of Campground Owners of New York (CONY), which hosts CampNewYork.com, the travel planning website for camping enthusiasts.
Bennett also noted that many campgrounds experienced record occupancy levels during the pandemic, and have been better able to reinvest in their parks, adding new campsites, amenities, attractions, including rental accommodations.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new at several campgrounds across New York:

— Beaver Meadow Family Campground in Java Center: This 260-site campground is adding a heater for its swimming pool. The park’s amenities include a gem mining sluice, a jump pad, a playground, hiking trails and a three-acre catch-and-release fishing pond. The park also has two rental cabins. https://beavermeadowcampground.com/

— Country Roads Campground in Gilboa: This 118-site campground is adding new RV sites and upgrading existing campsites to 50 amp service. The park is also adding a one bedroom rental cottage. Other recent improvements include upgrading the park’s WiFi system and installing new pool decking and a basketball court. The park is also expanding its activities this year and will offer cornhole tournaments for adults and children.  https://countryroadscampground.com/

— Dream Lake Campground in Warsaw: This 100-site park is adding 45 new campsites, boosting its overall site count to 145. “We’re hoping to have the expansion completed by mid-summer,” said park owner Patty Jarnot, adding that the park is also adding a new bathhouse. Half of the new campsites will be available for overnight or short-term rentals, with the rest being available for seasonal camping. Other park improvements include a new bear’s playground, replacement of another bath house and laundry facility, and a new 1 3/4-acre fishing pond. http://dreamlakecampground.com/

— Kayuta Lake Campground in Forestport: This 165-site park has upgraded its WiFi so that guests can stream video from their campsites. The park has also expanded its offering of organized weekend activities. The campground has two rental cabins. https://www.kayuta.com/

— King Phillip’s Campground in Lake George: This 216-site campground is offering live entertainment throughout the summer, including bands, DJs and movie nights. http://www.kingphillipscampground.com/

— Lebanon Reservoir Campground in Hamilton: This park added seven new RV sites last year, boosting its overall site count to 150 sites and two rental cabins. Other recent improvements include a new office and camp store. https://lebanoncampground.com/


— Leisurewood Campground in Akron: This 910-site park, open May through Columbus Day, is adding outdoor movies and concerts. http://www.leisurewoodcampground.com/

— Medina / Wildwood Lake KOA Holiday in Medina:   This 350-site campground has doubled the size of its camp store, added a new game room, and converted several of its seasonal campsites to premium RV sites. The park has frontage around a 13-acre catch-and-release fishing lake. Boat rentals are available along with many other amenities, including a jumping pillow, pedal carts, a mining sluice, and a tavern. https://koa.com/campgrounds/medina/

— Natural Bridge / Watertown KOA in Watertown: This park, under new ownership, is offering theme weekends for the first time this year. Work is also underway to create five new patio RV sites and to redesign entrances to the park’s indoor heated pool. The campground is also seeking a liquor license and plans to offer craft beers as well as propane service and EV chargers. https://koa.com/campgrounds/watertown/

— Niagara Falls / Grand Island KOA in Grand Island: This campground is located next to the Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World (https://niagaraamusementpark.com/). The park is adding two RV sites, each of which will their own private fenced area for their pets. Other improvements made in recent years include adding a jumping pillow and a gravity rail play structure, which kids can hang on to and ride, sort of like a slow-moving zip line, as they make their way from one side of the play structure to the other. The campground features 138 RV sites, 25 tent sites and 54 cabins. https://koa.com/campgrounds/niagara-falls-new-york/

— Pope Haven Campground in Randolph: This campground is upgrading electrical service for 19 of its campsites and adding a new playground. https://popehaven.com/

— Triple R Camping Resort in Franklinville: This park recently completed a new water attraction, LeeKee Lagoon, a water play structure with interactive features. The park also created a few more deluxe RV sites with concrete pads and patios and added two more deluxe cabin rentals with large decks and awnings so that guests can enjoy them regardless of weather conditions. Additional improvements include the installation of new basketball and volleyball courts. The park is also renovating part of its barn and plans to offer food service, including sandwiches, pizza and wings. https://www.triplercamp.com/

— Trout Run Camp Resort in Wellsville, NY: This year-round park is opening a new splash pad in May and has added six new family cabins for a total of 17 log cabins onsite. The park has also developed corporate retreat packages, geared for companies seeking a unique location for their off-site training or team-building activities. http://www.troutrun.com.

Campground Owners of New York is the trade association that represents independent campgrounds and RV parks in New York. Based in Pittsford, CONY provides education, government affairs and marketing services for campgrounds, including hosting CampNewYork.com, a travel planning website, and publishing a printed directory of New York campgrounds.

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Three Spire Hospitality Resorts Ideal for Summer Vacation Escape

June 17, 2022

High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid is the perfect home base for exploring the Adirondacks of New York.

Looking for a resort escape this summer? Consider these three Spire Hospitality properties for your vacation: The Leta in Santa Barbara, CA, Topnotch Resort in Vermont and High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid New York. 

The Leta

If your idea of the ultimate Southern California retreat is longboards, poolside cocktails and coastal cuisine, you’ve found your place in the sun at one of the best Santa Barbara hotels around. At The Leta, they have a Golden State of Mind attitude, surf-inspired décor, and eclectic accommodations, plus a passion for music shared through their VNYL record shop and live music scene. All of their eccentric, laid back touches will no doubt have guests enjoying the good life, one day at a time. The ideally located property with 158 rooms is prized for its cool, hip, carefree Californian personality and it’s artful, quirky, unexpected, open and soulful chemistry. Local art, music, food and wine are at home here and the hotel boasts 6,000 square feet of meeting space welcoming locals and out of town guests alike for one-of-a-kind meetings and events. Designed with an easygoing, California-cool aesthetic, The Leta’s artful guest rooms and suites channel the radiant spirit of SoCal featuring earthy, eccentric textures and fabrics with a nod to surf-culture nostalgia. This charming beach chic hotel in Goleta also welcomes pets. 

High Peaks Resort

High Peaks Resort in the heart of Lake Placid is the perfect home base for exploring the Adirondacks. Guests can choose from three unique lodging experiences overlooking Mirror Lake and the Adirondack mountains: The Resort, a traditional hotel featuring 105 newly renovated guest rooms; the modern retro-vibe Lake House with 44 guest rooms; and the private and serene Waterfront Collection, featuring 28 guest rooms including 10 suites on the shores of Mirror Lake. Amenities available to all guests include two indoor and two outdoor heated pools, an indoor Jacuzzi, an on-site fully equipped fitness center, the Spa & Salon at High Peaks Resort, and Dancing Bears Restaurant, consistently ranked one of the top restaurants in Lake Placid. Guests also enjoy private access to Mirror Lake with complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boats and stand-up paddleboards, special activities such as yoga at the waterfront and birds of prey demonstrations, an outdoor barbecue, a fire pit (with complimentary s’mores), lawn games, sweeping views of the Adirondack mountains and close proximity to the region’s top attractions and activities such as the Lake Placid Olympic Sites, Whiteface Mountain, The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, High Falls Gorge, Ausable Chasm, and numerous hiking trails, kayaking, boating and more in the Adirondack Park. High Peaks Resort is also within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Lake Placid. Dogs are welcome, with special canine-friendly treats and amenities. 

Topnotch Resort

The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort, set on 120 acres of woodland at the foot of Mount Mansfield, is located between Stowe village and Stowe Mountain Resort (and within 35 miles of four other popular ski resorts: Smugglers’ Notch, Sugar Bush, Mad River Glen and Bolton Valley). The resort includes 68 guest rooms and 17 two- and three-bedroom resort homes that allow for a private and very socially distant experience. Guests enjoy Vermont fresh farm-to-table dining at The Roost, the Topnotch Tennis Academy (ranked one of the top 10 tennis resorts in the country offering more than 30 programs for all ages and levels of play on six seasons outdoor and four indoor hard courts), the 35,000 square foot award-winning Topnotch Spa, three indoor and outdoor heated pools, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, the Equestrian Center at Topnotch (offering English and Western trail rides, private and group horseback riding, carriage rides and sleigh rides), Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear (an on-property outfitter which can arrange and outfit for any activity year-round, including mountain biking, hiking, kayaking and fishing in the summer), outdoor fire pits with s’mores kits, shuffleboard and other games, specialty cocktails, access to the Stowe Recreation Path and more. Dogs are also welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments. Topnotch is a short drive away from Stowe Village, featuring many locally owned shops and an array of restaurants, music and art galleries. 

Spire Hospitality, led by CEO Chris Russell, is a third-party operator of 7,033 room keys and over 350,000 square feet of meeting space across 20 states. The Spire portfolio, with a focus on large, full-service hotels, includes unique independent properties and premier branded assets across Hilton Hotels & Resorts (HLT), Marriott International (MAR) and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), including 29 hotels and resorts (www.spirehotels.com).

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Sun, Shore and Spirit Salons: Driveable New England Summer Getaways

July 11, 2021
The Shore House, Narragansett, RI,  a historic, boutique inn situated directly on the beach.

Travelers seeking a fun, summer getaway need look no further than these New England destinations, from a revamped historic hotel overlooking the sparkling ocean in Narragansett and a newly opened family-friendly destination resort on Block Island, to spiritual wellness workshops at a boutique Nantucket hotel and an activity-packed destination resort in a quaint New Hampshire lake town. 

Champlin’s Marina & Resort – Block Island, RI isa newly renovated 9- acre property that aims to be a fresh destination for all — families, couples and even solo travelers. The property features one of New England’s largest marinas with 120 fixed slips, a destination restaurant, 46 guest rooms and special event venue overlooking the Great Salt Pond. Guests will enjoy al fresco dining at Galley House for the freshest seafood around, a Café Boutique with grab n’ go pastries, pizza, and more, as well as a new onsite ice cream parlor. Interior Designer Giovanna Lucy of New England-based Giovanna Lucy Design, and David Ashen, founder of Dash Design, envisioned the new resort to be reflective of Block Island.

The Shore House – Narragansett, RI,  a historic, boutique inn situated directly on the beach debuted last month following a complete renovation of its 31-rooms and a beautiful new lobby. Enhancing the overnight experience, the Shore House opened a new, sophisticated beachside restaurant, Sea Craft, overlooking the sparkling blue sea. Menu highlights include an elevated take on a lobster roll, locally caught day-boat fish and creative ceviche and crudo plates, as well as a crafted approach to traditional beach cocktails. Sea Craft’s outdoor patio will see the addition of an outdoor bar, fire pits and beautiful new landscaping. The patio will also be elevated so that visitors can enjoy even better views of the ocean. 

Nantucket Resort Collection – Nantucket, MA: Regatta Inn, part of Nantucket Resort Collection — an iconic collection of three luxury boutique hotels on Nantucket — just unveiled six newly renovated guest rooms this season, featuring modern, beach inspired decor from the vision of interior designer Giovanna Lucy of New England-based Giovanna Lucy Design. Nantucket Resort Collection will also be hosting exciting onsite activations this summer including: a pop-up with Chelsea’s own Bottino NYC on July 17 with elevated Italian dishes from Michelin Star Executive Chef and Partner, Jamie Kenyon, a set of intimate Spirit Salons on July 11 with Intuitive Psychic Medium, Gurdeep Bhogal, and a pop-up shop with Tuscan designer UASHMAMA  featuring gorgeous, eco-sustainable lifestyle products from June 29-July 3.

Mill Falls at the Lake – Meredith, NH is a timeless, all-season resort located on Lake Winnipesaukee in Meredith, New Hampshire. The resort is comprised of four unique hotels & inns and varied dining venues that offer something for everybody. With its lakeside location, Mill Falls is the perfect summer destination for families, offering antique speed boat rides, pontoon boat charters, paddle boarding, kayaking, visits to local wineries, hiking and more. The Mill Falls Marketplace is open year-round and features boutique shops including Lee’s Candy Kitchen, the Innisfree Bookshop, Voila Salon, and the Great Northern Trading Company. 

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New Camping Opportunities on New York’s Canals

July 10, 2021
The Erie Canal at Macedon. Tentrr now has a camping site at the Palmyra-Macedon Lock E-29 (Palmyra-Macedon which offers picturesque views of the Erie Canal and easy access to a whole lot of outdoor fun – especially biking on the Canalway © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Through a new partnership between the New York Power Authority, New York State Canal Corporation and Tentrr, the state is opening more hassle-free campsites alongside New York’s Canals this summer. As part of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagine the Canals initiative and the recently announced “On the Canals” excursions program, Tentrr created four fully-outfitted campsites for visitors to reserve, most within a short distance of a free “On the Canals” excursion opportunity.

Each of the Canalside camping locations offers turnkey, outfitted camping facilities, allowing guests to camp in style amongst the Canals. Each site is fully equipped with all the amenities for comfortable camping including spacious canvas tents atop a raised platform, queen size memory foam mattress, solar-powered showers, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs, set up in advance of arrival.

The campsites available this summer within 15 minutes of an “On the Canals” excursion include:

Yankee Hill Getaway (Amsterdam, Town of Florida) Wedged between the Adirondack and Catskills parks in the Mohawk Valley, the Yankee Hill Getaway site lies on a thin strip of land between the original Erie Canal and the current Canal system. Three sites available.

Oak Island Vista (Waterloo) Nestled between Cayuga and Seneca Lakes along the Cayuga-Seneca Canal, the beautiful Oak Island site offers easy access to the best of the Finger Lakes Region. Five sites available.

Montezuma Canal View at Lock E-26 (Galen) Campers at Lock E-26 will wake to views of the tranquil Erie Canal and have easy access to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Northern Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Six sites available.

Palmyra-Macedon Getaway at Lock E-29 (Palmyra-Macedon) The Palmyra-Macedon site offers picturesque views of the Erie Canal and easy access to a whole lot of outdoor fun. Five sites available.

To book, go to https://www.tentrr.com/pages/new-york-canals.

In addition to these new campsites, Camp Rockaway is managing a glamping site at Lock C-5 on the Champlain Canal in Schuylerville through September 8th.

Through the Reimagine the Canals initiative, Governor Cuomo and the New York Power Authority committed $300 million over five years to revitalize the Erie Canal corridor as a tourism and recreation destination while simultaneously boosting economic development and improving the resiliency of Canalside communities.

Top Ways to Cool Off this Summer in New England

May 23, 2021
Guest at  Glenmoor By The Sea in Lincolnville, Maine can take a boat cruise on Penobscot Bay, bait lobster traps, bird watch, and count the local lighthouses.

Looking for a nearby summer getaway? The New England Inns & Resorts Association (NEIRA) has collected the best accommodations with water experiences for travelers to Cool Off  this summer in the region’s lakes, rivers, oceans, pools, and waterfalls.

Water activities include beach getaways, pool passes, fly fishing, waterfall hunting, SUP excursions. For example:

  • Beach Loving Cows at the Nobnocket Boutique Inn at Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts: explore the Elizabeth Islands by boat, stopping to swim with the highland cattle of Nashawena Island.
  • Waterfall Tour at the Stone Hill Inn in Stowe, Vermont: visit all of Vermont’s famous waterfalls on a 2-hour guided excursion through the Green Mountains.
  • Tuna Fishing at the Beauport Hotel Gloucester in Gloucester, Massachusetts: the crew from the popular TV show “Wicked Tuna” will take guests hunting giant tuna and split the total earnings.
  • Paddle a Lazy River at the Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, Vermont: floating the Clyde River, view birds and wildlife before returning for a romantic dinner at the inn.
  • Themed Water Park at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis, Massachusetts: the indoor/outdoor 30,000 square foot water park with themed pools at the resort offers a magical family getaway.
  • Lobsters & Lighthouses at the Glenmoor By The Sea in Lincolnville, Maine: cruising Penobscot Bay, guests will bait lobster traps, bird watch, and count the local lighthouses on a boat cruise.  

NEIRA is a one-stop shop for travelers to discover more than 300 places to sleep in New England by filtering properties by state, offers, and interests.

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Easing Back into the Big Easy And Reasons to Visit New Orleans this Summer

May 14, 2021
New Orleans French Quarter. Plenty of opportunities to enjoy New Orleans’ famed music outdoors (c) Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

There are many great reasons to plan a trip to New Orleans this summer or later. Here are some:

New hotels, including Four Seasons (opening mid-2021), Hotel Saint Vincent (opening ~June 1), Virgin Hotels New Orleans (opening late summer) as well as The Chloe (opened Oct. 2020) and Columns (opened Feb. 2021).

More ways to enjoy food and libations – safely – with friends, with breweries such as Miel and Zony Mash Beer Project offering ample outside seating with epic food trucks, pop-ups and live music. Many restaurants in the French Quarter offer courtyard dining for those looking to enjoy an elegant meal outdoors. Bonus: famed Galatoire’s Restaurant now takes reservations, meaning it’s easier than ever to snag a table and avoid long wait times.

New cultural attractions, including the Museum of Southern Jewish Experience opening May 27. Many favorites have reopened safely for visitors to enjoy with enhanced safety measures as a priority, such as Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Sazerac House, The National WWII Museum, New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. And the new Children’s Museum will reopen on May 29.

The return of beloved festivals including Hogs for the Cause (June 4-5), the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience (June 9-13), Satchmo SummerFest (July 30-Aug. 1), Beignet Festival (Sept. 25), French Quarter Festival (Sept. 30-Oct. 3) and a once-in-a-lifetime fall Jazz Fest (Oct. 8-17).

Great, safe outdoor experiences, including picnicking in Audubon Park or City Park, biking, golfing, and plenty of opportunities to listen to live music, including Bacchanal (now taking reservations), Lounge Vue House and Gardens’ Twilight at Lounge Vue outdoor music series, The Soul Rebels at the Broadside Theater, Steamboat Natchez Jazz Cruises, and much, much more.

More details and insights on what’s new, what’s open and what’s coming can be found on the New Orleans Insider’s Blog

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Club Med All-Inclusive Resorts Offer Splash into Summer Sale

May 6, 2021
Learning to scuba dive at Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida, one of Club Med’s most family-friendly resorts. Club Med was a pioneer in the all-inclusive resort concept. © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

MIAMI  — Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, invites families, couples, and solo travelers alike to take advantage of up to 45% off, plus perks, at its top resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Florida. The Splash into Summer sale is open for bookings now through June 30, 2021, with select travel dates from now to December 17, 2021. Perks include a free water view room upgrade and free stay for kids under 4. Club Med offers guests an all-inclusive experience tailor-made for any travel style, whether they’re seeking a family-friendly vacation or an adults-exclusive getaway.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts are surrounded by nature, spread across 50 acres, and operate at a limited capacity, allowing guests peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together. Guests will enjoy an all-encompassing vacation with unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities for all interests – from flying trapeze and sailing to poolside yoga and oceanfront spa treatments. Families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families bond, reconnect, and experience a greater sense of reunion. Club Med’s enhanced safety and hygiene protocols, free onsite antigen testing, and flexible policies also allow travelers to feel confident and protected while booking an upcoming getaway.

Splash into Summer Sale

  • Booking window: Today through June 30, 2021
  • Travel window: Select dates from May 5, 2021 – December 17, 2021 (blackout dates apply)
  • 45% off plus perks:
    • Free water view room upgrade
    • Kids under 4 stay FREE
    • No single supplement
    • Free Cancellations^
    • Free Emergency Assistance Program ^^
    • Free Onsite Antigen Testing

Participating Club Med Resorts
Travelers looking for opportunities to reconnect, unwind, and create cherished memories on their next vacation will find that peace of mind is a destination at several Club Med resorts, including:

  • Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana welcomes travelers to unwind under the Caribbean sun through: a newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious oceanside suites with upscale, personalized services such as a dedicated concierge and poolside champagne service at the dedicated infinity pool and bar. The new Club Med Amazing Family program features a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories like Club Med CREACTIVE by Cirque du Soleil, an interactive playground with more than 25 acrobatic and artistic activities for guests of all ages. Guests looking for additional serenity can indulge in lavender treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE before escaping to the sophisticated adult-exclusive tropical hideaway, Zen Oasis, where intimate cabanas, an oversized lagoon pool and bar, and a dedicated Zen Beach with canopies and lounge chairs await.
  • Club Med Michés Playa EsmeraldaDominican Republic: Reopening June 2021. The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited, refined culinary options, Zen moments with an on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, treetop yoga, and a naturally-filtered Zen pool, as well as must-try family experiences from learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!). 
  • Club Med CancúnMexico: Club Med Cancún is the perfect location for families looking to reconnect after spending a long year apart. The resort’s Aguamarina family oasis area features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms, exhilarating water games at the dedicated family pool, and outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. For added R&R, indulge in private oceanfront massages on the beach, private spa treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE, and a variety of refined, locally inspired cuisine. Guests looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort.
  • Club Med Sandpiper BayFlorida: The spacious family-friendly resort, located in between Miami and Orlando, offers an all-inclusive getaway – sans passport – with a variety of activities for all interests, like kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, pickleball, and the flying trapeze. Golfers of all levels can enjoy an elevated experience at the newly renovated championship golf course reopening this summer, while wellness seekers can enjoy some R&R at the new 6,000-sq-ft Club Med Spa by Sothys, the only Sothys Spa in the U.S. While kids enjoy time at the children’s clubs with unlimited all-day activities, adults can relax by the adults-exclusive pool or on the beach situated alongside the St. Lucie River. Beginning June 2021, guests can elevate their family dining experience atop the new open-air terrace at Riverside Steakhouse, featuring diverse cuts of top-quality meat, an array of vegan culinary options, and a curated selection of international wine and spirits with spectacular views of the glistening sunset over the river.
  • Club Med QuébecCanada: Opening December 2021. The four-season all-inclusive mountain resort will be Club Med’s first resort in Canada, just an hour away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With over 300 rooms spread across 300+ acres, the family-friendly resort will feature locally inspired culinary experiences, a private 5-Trident (5-star) Exclusive Collection space, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, and unlimited ski-in/ski-out access. Families can enjoy year-round activities including skiing, biking, and hiking, as well as activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. For added Zen, the resort offers an expansive wellness area with a 25-yard heated pool overlooking the river, an outdoor jacuzzi, and a variety of à la carte Nordic spa-inspired treatments.

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean, and Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos.

Flexible Policies
To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

  • Free Cancellation Policy: For new bookings made on or after May 18, 2020, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date) for stays on or prior to December 16, 2021.
  • Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19. 
  • Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.
  • PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.
  • Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering approximately 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children’s programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds. 

Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with three to five new resort openings or renovations per year, including a new Alpine ski resort annually. 

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube

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Vail Resorts in Northeast Gear Up for Summer with Mountain Biking, Golf, Zip Tours

April 30, 2021

Epic Pass prices reduced 20%, now available at EpicPass.com for 2021/22 winter season

Vail Resorts’ Mount Snow in Vermont is gearing up for mountain biking this summer. (Photo courtesy Mount Snow Resort

Broomfield, Colo. – Vail Resorts today announced summer operating dates and activities at six of its Northeast resorts including Mount Snow, Stowe and Okemo in Vermont and Mount Sunapee, Attitash and Wildcat in New Hampshire. After a winter season unlike any before, each resort is excited to welcome guests to experience summertime splendor in the mountains with activities for those of all ages. All opening dates will be compliant with state and local guidelines and may be subject to change.

Mount Snow Resort

The Mount Snow Golf Club tees off starting May 21. The Mount Snow Golf Course has matured into one of Vermont’s premier mountain courses and has been rated one of the top five in the state by Golf Digest.

Mountain biking begins on May 29 at theMount Snow Bike Park. Now in its 33rd season, making it one of the oldest bike parks in North America, the bike park is a four-time Top Five finisher in the MTBparks.com Riders’ Choice Best Bike Parks Awards for the Northeast. The lift-served park’s 10 trails offer a variety of cross-country, downhill, freeride and mixed-use terrain with a total vertical of 1,000 feet.Mount Snow also offers the First Lift and First Drop programs, which are clinics geared toward introducing people to the sport of downhill mountain biking and helping them build their skills.

Scenic chairlift rides on the Bluebird Express to the summit of Mount Snow will also begin on May 29, with views of Somerset Reservoir, Mount Monadnock and sometimes even Mount Washington.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Snow this summer at the Bullwheel Tavern on the summit, Canned in the base area and Fairways Restaurant at the golf course. The resort will also resume hosting concerts, festivals and other warm weather events this year. The resort’s events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back for all the latest happenings.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe’s Zip Tour Adventure, which opens on July 1, allows guests to see and experience the mountain canopy in ways never imagined. ‘ZipTour’ is the world’s fastest and most exhilarating zip line experience. Ride our Summit Gondola to the launching point near the top of Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest peak. Then enjoy the thrill of flying down three of the world’s longest zip-spans, both above and through the Green Mountain State Forest.

Stowe’s Treetop Adventure offers six different levels of courses consisting of aerial tree-to-tree connections with 68 various Challenge/Game elements intertwined in the experience. First, you’ll learn to use our state-of- the-art safety cable system, giving you the knowledge and skill to achieve feats on our Adventure Courses that will leave you motivated to conquer the world. Suitable for most ages, the courses are designed to progressively build confidence.

The Mount Mansfield Auto Toll Road also opens May 28. The 4.5-mile unpaved road begins next to the Inn at the Mountain and climbs to an elevation of 3,850 feet. The road ends at a parking lot next to the Mount Mansfield Summit Station for spectacular hiking options. All hikers should stop into the Green Mountain Club prior to hiking for an orientation. Hiking maps are distributed upon arrival.

An equally spectacular mountain ascent is provided by the Mount Mansfield Gondola, scheduled to open June 18. The comfortable, eight-passenger gondolas depart from the Gondola Barn, which is served by its own access road and parking lot approximately ¼ mile north of the historic Mount Mansfield Base Lodge.

Food and beverage options will be available at the Spruce Peak Plaza this summer, along with family friendly programming and events. The Spruce Peak events calendar is updated frequently, so be sure to check back.

Okemo Mountain Resort

At Okemo, lift-served mountain biking will be offered beginning on June 17 on the lower mountain out of the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge. The Sunburst Six will provide scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Okemo Mountain. Okemo’s Adventure Zone at Jackson Gore will feature the Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster, Miniature Golf, Disc Golf, Haulback Challenge Course and Coleman Brook Mining Company Sluice.

Food and beverage options will be available at Okemo this summer at the Summit Lodge, The Sugar House and at Jackson Gore with a takeout window for day visitors and dinner at Coleman Brook Tavern.

Mount Sunapee

Mount Sunapee opens for summer guests on June 18. In addition to scenic chairlift rides to the summit of Mount Sunapee and lift-served mountain biking, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, an archery course, and the Mount Sunapee Adventure Park that includes miniature golf, disc golf, an aerial challenge course, a mining sluice and a new pump track.

Food and beverage options will be available at Mount Sunapee this summer in the base area and specialty dinners will be scheduled the summit. The return of warm-weather events this summer will include the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair, scheduled for Aug. 7 through Aug. 15.

Attitash Mountain Resort

Beginning June 26, Attitash will welcome guests back to the heart of the White Mountains with its classic Alpine Slide and the Flying Yankee Scenic Chair. Celebrating over 40 years at Attitash Mountain Resort, the two alpine slides provide thrills for all who ride the chutes. Ride up the Flying Yankee chairlift to begin this exciting journey down rolling slopes, straightaways and S-turns. Or, simply enjoy the views on the scenic Flying Yankee Chair.

Wildcat Mountain Resort

Summer visitors can enjoy the Wildcat Express Scenic Ride staring June 26, which offers spectacular views of Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Mountain range. Wildcat Mountain is the only place in North America where you’ll find the unique lift conversion from a high-speed Quad in the winter to a scenic gondola in the summer. To view the Best Scenery in the East – consistently named #1 by SKI Magazine Readers –  ride aboard our four-person enclosed scenic gondola to Wildcat Mountain’s 4,000+ foot summit.

COVID-19 Safety

Health and safety remains the company’s top priority. Its resorts this summer will be operating according to local public health orders and following their guidance as it relates to face coverings. Guests are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines as the pandemic continues to evolve.

Epic Pass Lineup & Price Reset

Vail Resorts recently announced a bold price reset of Epic Pass products to continue to deliver on our commitment of Epic for Everyone and to honor the loyalty of our pass holders. Epic Pass prices have been reduced by 20 percent across the board, and are now available to purchase at EpicPass.com for the 2021/22 winter season.

For skiers and riders in Vermont and New Hampshire, the Northeast Value Pass offers incredible value for next season,priced at $479 (down from $599 last season) and offering access to all seven Vermont and New Hampshire resorts plus Hunter, Roundtop and more. The Northeast Midweek Pass is now $359, down from $449. The price reduction applies to the entire portfolio of the company’s North American pass lineup. The Epic Local Pass is now available for $583 (down from $729 last season) and the full Epic Pass is priced at $783 (down from $979 last season).

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 37 destination mountain resorts and regional ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Crested Butte in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher, Falls Creek and Hotham in Australia; Stowe, Mount Snow, Okemo in Vermont; Hunter Mountain in New York; Mount Sunapee, Attitash, Wildcat and Crotched in New Hampshire; Stevens Pass in Washington; Liberty, Roundtop, Whitetail, Jack Frost and Big Boulder in Pennsylvania; Alpine Valley, Boston Mills, Brandywine and Mad River in Ohio; Hidden Valley and Snow Creek in Missouri; Wilmot in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and Paoli Peaks in Indiana. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN).

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Love ACKtually: Top Reasons to Visit Nantucket This Summer

August 8, 2019

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The famous White Elephant waterfront hotel on Nantucket.

Located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is the former whaling capital of the world. Today, it’s home to 82 miles of public beaches, untouched moors and dunes, dramatic cliffs, and quiet harbors. With the summer travel season in full swing, there will never be a better time to escape to the “Grey Lady.”

What’s New on Nantucket: Nantucket is booming and its hydrangeas are blooming. New restaurants complement island favorites, and accommodations are opening due to demand. Despite the development, conservation remains king, with almost half the island under preservation. As the island carefully expands its offerings, here’s a look at what is new this season.

The Wauwinet, located on the northeast end of the island and sandwiched between two private beaches, re-opened in April following a multi-million-dollar restoration of its 32 guest rooms and cottages. As part of the renovation, the hotel collaborated with Serena & Lily to re-design the property’s three-bedroom Anchorage House. The interior now features the brand’s signature coastal prints and beachy furniture.

New dining options on the island include Pizzeria Gemelle, which offers Neapolitan pies using ingredients from the nearby Bartlett Farm; Or The Whale, an American bistro whose name was inspired by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; and Saltbox Tavern & Table, which serves comfort food favorites like fried pickles and truffle honey risotto.  Also new to the island is Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop MRKT pop-up. The general store/beach house hybrid offers curated summer items like Sperry boat shoes, Alo Yoga activewear, and Vintner’s Daughter Skincare. In other retail news, Veronica Beard partnered with local Perch boutique to feature their signature jackets; and ACK4170’s first brick and mortar outpost has goods like tote bags printed with hand-drawn Nantucket maps from the early 1900s.

JetBlue has new direct flights to Nantucket from LaGuardia Airport in New York City and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York. The service began last month. The new routes supplement existing service to Nantucket from JFK, Boston, and Washington D.C. Southern Airways Express has also launched service from three New England-based airports: Norwood, Massachusetts; New Haven, Connecticut; and Warwick, Rhode Island.

“Pet Set” to ACK: The Woof Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin are designed especially for guests traveling with pets. Pups are welcomed with Draper Canine beds, a basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls, dog-walking services, and personalized pet tags. For tips on the best dog-friendly activities on Nantucket, guests can contact Bailey, the Cottages’ resident golden retriever and new pet concierge at petconcierage@niresorts.com.

“Summer for Less” means 25% off at the Residences at the White Elephant if you stay at least three consecutive nights on select dates through September. For guests seeking an early week getaway, the “Hot Dates, Cool Rates” promotion offers savings up to 20% when booking directly with any of the Nantucket Island Resorts properties for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Added perk: Stay in one of the top three-bedroom suites at the White Elephant or The Wauwinet and receive the keys to a 2019 BMW SUV vehicle for your entire trip. The amenity equals a savings of up to $450 per day by forgoing a jeep rental.

COVER Swim X White Elephant: The waterfront hotel partnered with Cover Swim to create a children’s sun shirt, which is now available online and at the hotel’s boutique. The blue and white shirt is dotted with White Elephant’s “trunket” mascot and blocks 98% of UV rays in and around water. Sizes vary, for children ages 2-9 years old. Cost: $85

 

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Woodstock Inn & Resort Invites Visitors to “Get Dirty” with New Programming at the Kelly Way Gardens This Summer

August 8, 2019

The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

WOODSTOCK, VT – The Woodstock Inn & Resort grows its garden and culinary programming at the Kelly Way Gardens and Red Barns with a variety of new hands-on classes, events, dining experiences, and Instagrammable creations.

This year Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly expands the garden’s “gourdwalk” to 135 feet long and nine feet high. The trellis archway, covered in 17 different varieties of hanging gourds and vines offers an emerald oasis for garden guests to stroll through, relax in the shade, or capture photos and videos. A video of last year’s gourdwalk can be viewed here.

In addition, fairies will take up residence at the Kelly Way Gardens this summer in whimsical houses hand-crafted from repurposed gourds. Children can visit the fairies’ homes, make a wish and leave a note behind.

Another photogenic creation is the sunflower house at Billings Farm & Museum. In August and September thousands of blooming sunflowers will be crafted into a series of five rooms and connecting hallways for visitors to explore and take one-of-a-kind pictures.

Certified organic by the Vermont Organic Farmers Association, the three acre garden will boast 385 varieties of produce including 55 varieties of tomatoes, 57 types of pumpkins, 75 berries and orchard plantings, 40 herbs and edible flowers, a mushroom glen, annual and perennial flowers, honey bees and hops. New this year will be hardy kiwis, sweet potatoes, and cantaloupes.

The Kelly Way Gardens are open to the public seasonally Tuesdays through Saturdays from 8 am to 4 pm. A full roster of activities have been planned which are complimentary for Inn guests, $5 for visitors (except where noted) and no reservations are needed.

  • Family Tasting TourTuesdays, thru August 27, 3-3:30pm; led by Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly, families can nibble their way through the garden and visit the fairy houses.
  • Wellness Whiff Walks: Wednesdays, thru September 25, 3-3:30pm; an aromatherapy tour through the organic scents of Kelly Way Gardens.
  • Can You Dig It? Agricultural Pun Tours of Kelly Way Gardens: Thursdays, thru September 26, 3-3:30pm; an insider’s look at organic garden with Taylor Hiers, Lead Gardener.
  • Summer Garden Tour Series: Saturdays now through September 21, 9:30-10:30am; $10 for non-Inn guests; each hour-long session features a different garden-specific topic such as seasonal cut flowers, how to make a garden smoothie, and herbal teas from the garden. Click here for the full schedule.
  • Sixth Annual Great Tomato TastingSaturday, August 31, 4-5:00pm$25 per Inn guests and visitors; From Aunt Ruby’s German Green, the buttery smooth flavor of Great White and the sweet profile of Esterina, the annual tasting event walks guests through the 55 varieties of heirloom tomatoes grown in the garden.

 Master Gardener Benjamin Pauly and Executive Chef Rhys Lewis work in tandem during the weekly Red Barns Dinner Series celebrating the Kelly Way Gardens’ seasonal harvest paired with the local artistry of Vermont’s cheese makers, farmers, bee keepers, and dairymen. The three course community style dinner takes place on Sundays now through October 6 from 7 pm to 9 pm; $75 per person plus tax & gratuity. To view the menus, click here.

Housed in refurbished 19th century red barns, the 11,000 square foot kitchen studio is fully equipped for culinary demonstrations and dining events. Elements of the kitchen studio and adjacent 900 square foot garden studio have been crafted from reclaimed products. Countertops throughout the spaces are repurposed, some from former bowling alley lanes; the maple dining tables in the kitchen studio and white pine tables in the garden studio are made from trees ethically harvested at the nearby Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park; the kitchen studio’s butternut backsplash was created from a tree harvested on the resort property. Salvaged light fixtures include chandeliers in the kitchen studio, wall and ceiling lights throughout, and outdoor lampposts in the garden.

Nearby Billings Farm & Museum recently launched the Learning Kitchen where Resort Chef Ryan Beaudoin of the Woodstock Inn & Resort will host culinary classes for Inn guests. Featuring simple yet inventive dishes made with the Kelly Way Gardens’ bounty and Billings Farm specialty dairy products, the demonstration classes take place on Wednesdays through August 28 from 10:30am-12:30pm for $45 per person. On Thursdays through August 22 at 10:30am-12:30pm Chef Ryan leads an interactive, hands-on cooking experience at the Learning Kitchen teaching straightforward recipes also with produce from Kelly Way Gardens and Billings Farm fresh dairy products. The class is $75 per person. Entry to the Billings Farm & Museum is free to guests of the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

More information about the Kelly Way Gardens at the Woodstock Inn & Resort can be found here: https://www.woodstockinn.com/do/things-to-do/kelly-way-gardens

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 a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, 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. 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts℠ is one of the world’s largest independent hotel brands, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer℠ guest loyalty program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Family℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. The Woodstock Inn & Resort was distinguished in the 2018 I Prefer Members’ Choice Awards as one of the top ten hotels in North America that deliver high quality standards and exceptional, personalized experiences to its members. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.

 

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