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Story of Mad Butcher & Severed Heads Reenacted During Halloween Weekends at West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort

October 6, 2016
Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills.

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV – How much fear fun can you handle when forests become primeval, distressed ghouls linger in the thickets and overall, for four late October nights, the hair on the back of everyone’s neck will rise?

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills. Here Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Hike takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and again on Oct. 28 and 29, 2016. To participate, the per person rate is $13 for adults and $10 for youth. Visitors can combine the walk with a Night Sky Zip Line Tour and the rate is $99 for adults, $89 for youth. Add a 5K Zombie Run on Oct. 22 only at $129 for adults and $119 for youth.

And over these two weekends the resort’s cabins can be rented for half price.

The resort comes by its haunting naturally, locals say. There’s an old story from 1960’s about a mad butcher and a number of murders that occurred in the area. The mad butcher, never convicted, has been in and out of mental institutions, while rumors of dismembered heads stayed put. The murders were never solved.

ACE Adventure Resort’s (https://aceraft.com/) designer of fear is Chris Colin, who also stages the resort’s annual music festival. He explained that this year the haunted trail plays off the mad butcher story with a butcher shop with a hillbilly kitchen, a maze through a hillbilly workshop garage, a haunted house – or two – and the introduction of new fear-inspiring characters to the scene.

“We had 1,500 people over four days last year,” Colin said. “We expect to double that number this year.”

The nighttime zip line, a year-round staple, is enhanced by spooky qualities in deference to the season. West Virginia’s New River Gorge becomes a blur as shadows lengthen and people begin to soar like bats through the treetops and moving shadows. Senses leap into overdrive over seven zips and a sky bridge that keeps participants enthralled for over two hours. Adventurers must be 13 years or older and weigh at least 100 pounds (but not over 200).

The 5KM Zombie Run on the first weekend works like flag football. The runners, laden with flags, have to keep their flags away from the aggressive zombies. If they lose their flags, they become zombies too.

Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge can keep colors longer than usual along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. ACE’s popular New River Bridge Catwalk Tour that takes adventurers under the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere spans 1.5 miles on a 24-inch wide catwalk (with railings). The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort a #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip liningmountain bikingdisc golfstand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email ace@aceraft.com. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

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Vermont, Staking Claim for ‘World’s Best Foliage’ Provides Weekly Foliage Reports

October 2, 2015

After years of watching other states attempt to position themselves as autumn destinations, Vermont has thrown down the gauntlet and declared itself the home of the World’s Best Foliage.

“No one does foliage better than Vermont,” declared Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. “Three-quarters of our state is forested, and we have the highest percentage of maple trees in the country. With our flaming reds, blazing oranges and glowing yellows, we have the most vibrant fall colors in the world.”

In previous years, states as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona have claimed their fall season was as pretty as Vermont’s. “Clearly, we’re the bar,” said Megan Smith, Commissioner for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. “Our fall advertising campaign will articulate the myriad reasons we have the World’s Best Foliage. Our hope is that people will be inspired to come see it for themselves.”

Smith added that Vermont’s fall campaign isn’t just about bragging rights. Visitors spend $460 million during the foliage season, which represents about a quarter of overall visitor spending each year. Nearly 3.5 million people travel to Vermont in the fall to experience its unique working landscape of bucolic villages, pastoral meadows, and forested hillsides.

To help visitors plan their trip during “peak” season, the state’s official tourism website, www.VermontVacation.com, will offer weekly foliage reports, Best Bets for driving tours, and a foliage tracker. The website will rely on information from the state’s Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation and its commissioner, Michael Snyder. Snyder is a well-regarded forester, and with over 30 years of professional experience, has earned the title of Vermont’s official Foliage Forecaster.

“Predicting fall’s color changes is part science and part luck,” admitted Snyder. “We know the science of color change and the factors that influence it, but we don’t know exactly how it will unfold in any given year. The good news is, our foliage is like a day on the slopes—when it’s good, it’s great. And even when it’s a bit off, it’s still really good.”  Snyder says Vermont’s abundant spring rain and summer sunshine have created the right conditions for a spectacular fall in 2015.

To see the top reasons why Vermont has the World’s Best Foliage, go to www.VermontVacation.com/worldsbestfoliage.

 

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St. Maarten Resorts Entice Fall Getaway Travelers with Discounted Rates, Incentives

September 5, 2014
 St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.


St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.

The lively and picturesque island of St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com) is enticing travelers to fall getaways with resorts and hotels providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities.

Mary’s Boon Beach Resort is offering travelers two special packages for those interested in visiting the friendly island this September. Guests who book three nights in a garden or beachfront studio will receive a fourth night free, starting from just $342 including tax and service charges. Those wanting to stay a full week in St. Maarten can book the seven-night package, with guests only responsible for the cost of five nights. The seven-night special is available for garden, beachfront and deluxe beachfront studios and starts at $570 inclusive of taxes and service charges. These fall specials include a 15% discount on additional nights, free welcome fruit/rum punch and free Wi-Fi. The specials are valid for travel through Sept. 30, 2014. To book, e-mail info@marysboon.com or call (800) 497-5834.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort is luring travelers with a variety of discounted rates throughout the fall season. Guests will enjoy 40% off standard rates when traveling through Sept. 30, 2014, 20% on travel Oct. 1 – 31, 2014 and 10% off travel Nov. 1 – Dec. 19, 2014. Oyster Bay Beach Resort is perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Oyster Pond Marina, and provides breathtaking ocean views, a white sandy beach and countless amenities.  For reservations, visit www.OysterBayBeachResort.com, call (866) 978-0212 or email reservations@obbr.com.

Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel is providing vacationers with a free rental car when booking directly with the hotel from Aug. 30, 2014 for reservations through Dec. 18, 2014. Princess Heights is located in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood with a multitude of activities including watersports, spas, casinos and restaurants only a few minutes away. Rates start at $139 per room, per night. Visit www.PrincessHeights.com, call (800) 881-1744 or e-mail info@princessheights.com to book.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa is affording travelers extra value with its Fall Into Savings special, offering a fourth night free plus $300 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014, when booked by Sept. 30, 2014.  Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven and St. Maarten’s premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. To book the Fall Into Savings special, visit www.Sonesta.com/GreatBay.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is also offering vacationers a Fall Into Savings special, providing a third night free, plus $200 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014 on reservations booked by Sept. 30, 2014. This all-inclusive St. Maarten resort is a spectacular destination within a destination, offering endless activities for travelers’ enjoyment and relaxation. To book this deal, visit www.Sonesta.com/MahoBeach.

Brand new to the island this fall, Sonesta Oceant Point Resort is celebrating its soft opening with 35% off standard rates, plus a tour to St. Barth’s, on reservations seven-nights or longer. This special is valid for travel Nov. 1, 2014 – Dec. 24, 2015 and must be booked by Oct. 31, 2014. To be one of the first to experience this new property, visit www.Sonesta.com/OceanPoint.

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is affording guests with discounted rates when booking two nights or more. For every night travelers pay the standard rate, they receive 40% off the next night. The property features 310 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 15 suites, with two restaurants, a lobby bar and swim-up bar, a poolside deli, a full-service European-style spa, fitness studio, casino, retail shops and a beachfront watersports shop. The Westin is the only major resort in the Caribbean to install and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption. This special offer is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2014. For reservations, visit www.westinstmaarten.com or call (866) 716-8108 and mention rate plan ZB4.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

Two Nations, Multi-Cultural

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions.  During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.  The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel.  For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

 

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Escape to New York’s Adirondacks for Ideal Fall Getaway

October 15, 2013

Less than an hour’s drive north of Albany and four hours north of New York City, The Adirondack Park offers unparalleled outdoor recreation and family-friendly festivals amid colorful fall foliage, ideal for an autumn weekend getaway.

The Adirondack Region is larger than most national parks, with six-million-acres of public and private lands unaffected by the U.S. Government shutdown. Located just a short drive from major metro areas in the northeast, the Adirondacks are a great alternative for travelers looking to have a wilderness park experience, but finding the gates closed at federally funded parks.

This weekend, fall foliage colors are nearing their peak vibrancy, and with warmer temperatures expected to continue through mid-October, now is the perfect time to hike, paddle and drive around the Adirondack’s mountains, lakes and rivers.

The Adirondack Region’s exciting fall festival line-up continues through the end of October.

The Adirondack Park offers some of the best wilderness vantage points in the country – from as-far-as-the-eye-can-see panoramas, to intimate ponds secluded in a reflective halo of golden leaves. Explore the East Coast’s largest wilderness park with special fall lodging deals offer a variety of opportunities, including:

Apple Picking Package in the Lake George Region – Package includes overnight accommodations at the elegant Georgian Lakeside Resort, sparkling cider upon arrival, dinner for two at Giovannas on the Lake, ½ peck of apples at pick-your-own Saratoga Apples and breakfast each morning of your stay. Rates start at $390 per couple and include all gratuities and taxes.

Adirondack Adventure Package in Lake Placid Region – Package includes one night’s accommodation at the family-friendly Ledge Rock at Whiteface in Wilmington, and a day pass to High Falls Gorge, featuring cliff walkways above the thundering Ausable River. Rates start at $122 per couple and do not include taxes. Enjoy easy access to Whiteface Mountain’s Oktoberfest and other fall foliage events, as well as scenic fall gondola rides.

Golfing Package on the Adirondack Coast – Package includes mid-week and weekend accommodations at the historic Bluff Point Golf Resort on the coast of Lake Champlain, two rounds of golf per person, access to a private sand beach and canoe and kayak rentals. Rates start at $84 per person mid-week, based on double occupancy.

Find more information about fall in the Adirondacks at: visitadirondacks.com/what-to-do/fall-foliage.

About the Adirondacks:
The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails and 3,000 lakes and ponds. Part of the largest temperate forest in the world, the Adirondacks are also home to 103 towns and villages. Connect with the Adirondacks on Facebook.com/visitadirondacks or Twitter.com/visitadks. Search Adirondack events, attractions and Adirondack vacation packages at VisitAdirondacks.com.

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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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Warwick Seattle Hotel entices visitors to Emerald City with ‘Irresistible Autumn,’ ‘King Tut’ packages

September 16, 2012

Coffinette for Viscera of King Tutankhamun. For the first time in over 30 years, treasures from the tomb of King Tut are visiting Seattle. Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will make its last U.S. stop before Egypt’s treasures return to Cairo. Warwick Seattle’s “Warwick King Tut Package” enables visitors to see it in style © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Warwick Seattle Hotel is offering an “Irresistible Autumn” package with an overnight stay, continental breakfast for two and complimentary high speed wireless Internet.

Located in the heart of the Emerald City, the hotel is just a short walk from the city’s major attractions such as Pike Place Market, Westlake Center, the historic waterfront and Seattle Center, home of the Experience Music Project and world-famous Space Needle.

This year fall in Seattle isn’t complete without extending your stay another day or two to attend the King Tut exhibition. For the first time in over 30 years, treasures from the tomb of King Tut are visiting Seattle. Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs will make its last U.S. stop before Egypt’s treasures return to Cairo.

Warwick Seattle’s “Warwick King Tut Package enables visitors to see it in style. The exclusive offering includes an overnight stay in an elegant Deluxe or Executive Room with a view of the world famous Space Needle or Emerald City skyline, complimentary Internet, roundtrip ‘chariot’ service between Warwick Seattle Hotel and Pacific Science Center, and two VIP tickets to the exhibition.

“Warwick Seattle Hotel has long been a favorite of corporate travelers and vacationing visitors, and our goal is to make it even more memorable to stay with us,” said Tim Bathke, General Manager of Warwick Seattle Hotel. “We hope our guests will take advantage of these great packages, and enjoy Seattle in the fall.”

In addition to sight-seeing, Warwick Seattle also provides the opportunity to relax and revive within its newly renovated rooms. Nosh on the best and freshest Nothwest cuisines with a French accent at Margaux restaurant, the perfect spot for cocktails and conversation. At the end of the day, take pleasure in the indoor heated pool and whirlpool, a rarity in downtown Seattle.

To book the Irresistible Autumn Package, call 1-800-426-9280 or visit www.warwickwa.com. The rate code is WKAUTM.  To book the Warwick King Tut Package, use the rate code WKTUT. Reservations are based on availability, and do not include taxes and fees (subject to change). Room rate is based on double occupancy.

Warwick International Hotels was founded in 1980 with the purchase of Warwick New York, a hotel originally built by William Randolph Hearst for his Hollywood friends. The WIH Group now includes 50 prestigious Hotels, Resorts & Spas worldwide located in city centres and resort destinations in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Bali. More details are available at www.warwickhotels.com.

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