March 26, 2015

SENZA Hotel in Napa Valley to Pay Room Taxes Before April 15

Tax season is upon us and guests visiting the Napa Valley on or before April 15th will get a tax break. SENZA has offered to pay the room tax, a 14% discount, if guests book the ‘Relax & We’ll Pay Your Tax’ package. The package also includes a complimentary bottle of Napa Valley wine upon arrival in the guests room, daily breakfast catered by Yountville hot-spot Bouchon and evening wine hour. SENZA also offers free wifi and free parking.

SENZA caters the sophisticated traveler offering luxury in a relaxed atmosphere enabling a one of a kind wine country experience. With 41-modern guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool with cabanas paired with spectacular vineyard views, guests are offered a variety of amenities including luxurious spa services including couples massages, and facials.

Napa couple Craig and Kathryn Hall purchased this property in 2006, formerly known as La Residence, which rebranded as SENZA this past fall. Kathryn has had a prominent career as a vintner and businesswoman over the past 3 decades but is most known as a public figure as our former United States Ambassador to Austria during the Clinton Administration. The Hall’s aim to share the essence of the Napa Valley, bringing together food, wine, and art together, in a beautiful country setting through SENZA.

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Launches Interactive Tool Predicting Flight Delays

Following detailed statistical analysis of millions of flight records, today ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight launched "Which Flight Will Get You There Fastest?" – a new analysis and interactive tool that helps readers select a flight with the shortest route.  

In the introductory piece, Editor-in-Chief Nate Silver describes the algorithm he developed for the interactive graphic, which provides one of the most accurate measures of flights’ on-time performance.  The tool allows viewers to explore the results of the analysis to discover which airlines, airports and individual flights are most likely to get them to their destination on time. Each of the flights is graded fast, medium and slow and assigned an average number of minutes added to a trip. Readers can also find out how all the airlines stack up across all their flights over the past year.

The interactive graphic will live on FiveThirtyEight and be updated monthly, based on data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

From the Garden Beautiful Botanical Paper Placemats Review



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I love these beautiful and practical placemats featuring art from Lisa Congdon, renowned artist and best-selling author of 20 Ways to Draw a Tulip.  These flower and plant-themed party place settings with 6 different floral images are perfect for Mother's Day, outdoor parties, barbecues, sunny picnics, or any occasion.  I used them to dress up a plain table for a stylish looking tea party.  They add the perfect touch to the décor.    


Each pack includes 48 thick paper placemats (sized at 14.75 x 10.25 inches).  The placemats retail for $13.50 which really makes it an inexpensive table decoration that will be sure to impress your guests.  I like that they are thick so children can draw on the other side, if they choose to, and they are disposable so it’s a cinch to clean up.  





 
 
Six beautiful designs.


Keeps the kids' mess contained while looking colorful and pretty.


March 25, 2015

Quito Nominated as World Travel Awards’ “Leading Destination in South America” for Third Consecutive Year


The city of Quito, Ecuador continues to receive tourism industry accolades and awards with the World Travel Awards 2015 nominating the city in four categories, including leading congress and convention destination, business destination, vacation destination and for the third consecutive year, leading destination in South America. Quito previously won in that category in the 2013 and 2014. It also hosted the awards’s Latin America edition in 2014 which took place in Itchimbía Cultural Center.
 
“Our third consecutive nomination as a “Leading Destination” in addition to the Conference and Events and vacation destination nomination reaffirm Quito’s position as a world-class destination able to provide all the wants and needs of meeting planners and vacationers alike,” said Luz Elena Coloma, General Manager Quito Turismo.
 
The World Travel Awards are considered the "Oscar" of the tourism industry. In 2015 it will be celebrating its 22nd anniversary in Latin America, the gala will be held in October in Colombia. Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards recognizes and rewards excellence in all sectors of the tourism industry. In 2014, more than 650,000 individual votes were cast by travel professionals and consumers.

In 1978 Quito was the first UNESCO World Heritage site and its historic center is considered one of the best preserved cities in the world. In 2013 it was also named a must visit city by National Geographic. The tourist infrastructure of Quito is continuously growing in goods, services and high quality travel experiences.

The city of Quito  invites the tourism industry to vote before 28 Junehttp://www.worldtravelawards.com/vote-for-quito-2015

‘Home Team Hospitality’ Contest from Baymont Inn & Suites!

Baymont Inn & Suites' Home Team Hospitality Contest is offering amateur clubs, teams, and groups the chance to win $10,000 and 1,000,000 Wyndham Rewards points to put toward supplies, equipment, or team travel!

What would your team, group or club do with $10,000 and 1 Million Wyndham Rewards® points? Tell us why your organization needs support and how it would benefit from Baymont's help.

In addition to the grand prize, 8 regional finalists will each receive $2,500 and 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points.

Click here to enter.

March 24, 2015

DrainWig Review



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One of the downsides of having long hair is all the hair that ends up on the floor and down the bathroom drain.  Did you know, on the average, one can lose 100 strands of hair a day?  That is a lot of hair that can accumulate.  My long hair is the number one reason our drain gets clogged on occasion.  There wasn't much I could do to avoid it before, but with the help of the DrainWig, hopefully clogs will be a thing of the past.

DrainWig prevents hair from clogging up your shower or bath. It's super easy to use.  It fits right into the drain and is made with a chain and rubber whiskers that catches the hair before it can clog the pipe.  Every one to three months, you just remove the DrainWig and throw it away!  The two models of DrainWig are universal and fits most shower and bathtub drains.

I tested out the DrainWig in our shower for about a week.  When I removed the DrainWig, hair was caught on the rubber whiskers.  However, I did notice that it was mostly long hair.  It didn't seem as effective catching short hair.  I like this product because it safeguards against clogs.  It may not catch all the hair, but it will definitely help in lengthening the time between clogs.       

The DrainWig retails for $19.95 for a set of four and includes free shipping!  There is a shipping surcharge for Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, and Canada.  The DrainWig is 100% guaranteed or your money back.  It's worth a try!

https://www.drainwig.com/

March 23, 2015

Only 8 Days Left to Book go-today’s 3-Night Trip to Iceland for $699

For the next 8 days, go-todayis offering an unbeatable vacation package to Iceland for travelers wanting to enliven the 2015/2016 fall/winter season.  For just $699 per person, ordinary Americans can transport themselves from the dreary boredom of a cold, blah East Coast to an Arctic world of thermal pools, glaciers, geysers and frozen waterfalls.  Bookings must be made by March 30, 2015– so get cooking.    

“Iceland’s unique attractions lure travelers year round,” said Paula McKay, President of go-today.  “However, as the travel dates for this package are from September 2015 to January 2016, this vacation is particularly ideal for visitors hoping to see the aurora borealis while traveling in Iceland.  With a three-night stay there is also time to visit other amazing sights like the Blue Lagoon and the Gullfoss waterfall.” 

Travelers wanting to travel to Iceland simply cannot find a better deal than this:
  • Roundtrip airfare from NYC (additional gateway cities are definitely available!)
  • 3-night hotel accommodations in the trendy capital city of Reykjavik
  • Northern Lights sightseeing tour
  • Daily breakfast
  • Taxes
The Fine Print:
  • Travel dates are from September 2015 to January 2016.
  • Hotel upgrades are available for $100+.
  • Space is limited and based on availability so book by March 30, 2015!   
How can you book this awesome deal?
Book online.
Book over the phone at 800-227-3235 (6am-6pm PT Mon-Fri, 7:30am-4pm PT Sat & Sun).

March 22, 2015

Lumeria Maui Announces Spring Renewal Cleanse for April & May 2015

Lumeria Maui, featured as one of North America's ultimate wellness retreats in Yoga Magazine, announces a Spring Renewal Cleanse special package offer for the months of April and May. April 4-14, 2015 and May 5-23, 2015 travelers can enjoy a vacation devoted to clearing and cleansing the mind, body and spirit with a four-night stay at Lumeria Maui that features daily fresh organic juices and raw meals, meditation and yoga as well as therapies selected to heal, rejuvenate and promote connection with one’s authentic self.

Located in majestic upcountry Maui and with programs deeply rooted in the culture and spirit of the land, Lumeria Maui is a wellness destination for the traveler looking to physically restore and spiritually reconnect. The retreat grounds offer guests many chances to absorb the breathtaking beauty of Maui with sweeping ocean, mountain, island and tropical views. MuBu, Lumeria’s restaurant, features nutritionally-balanced menus using locally–sourced ingredients and organic produce from Lumeria’s farm.

 

With the Spring Renewal Cleanse package, guests will be treated to several therapies that encourage a state of joyful relaxation – one traditional Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage, one craniosacral therapy session, and one “Way of the Shaman” healing session.

The long, rhythmic strokes, joint movement and deep kneading of the traditional Lomi Lomi massage will open the body and soothe the soul. During the biodynamic craniosacral therapy session, a therapist works the spine and head to ease the restrictions of nerve passages, reduce pain, and realign bones. “The “Way of the Shaman” healing session invites one to enter into a spiritual and sacred space that can transform, release and resolve old patterns that are no longer beneficial.

At Lumeria Maui, guests receive an experience as educational as it is healing. Courses in yoga, meditation, sound therapy, horticulture and more are taught by leading professionals and are offered to guests as part of the Lumeria experience. In between meals and activities, guests may relax on a hammock in the Whispering Pine Forest or swim in the beautifully designed saline pool. Guests purchasing the Spring Renewal Cleanse will receive nutritional counseling for a better and brighter self.
   
The package will be offered for travelers Apr. 4-14, 2015 and May 5-23, 2015 at $1,995 for one person or $2,475 for two people in a shared room. Those purchasing the package may purchase additional nights at a 25% discount.

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School

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Planning a fundraiser at your child's school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.



Here's how it works: your school's community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. It is that easy! They do all the work from processing orders directly on their site to providing you with flyers and sample promotional language to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from April 1st - April 8th 2015 and the deadline to sign-up is March 25th 2015 so check it out today!

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies Digital Download Giveaway #TheHobbit

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.

Own it on Digital HD now via iTunes and on Blu-ray beginning March 24 via Amazon

You can also check out the cool blog app below, where you can do the following:
• Are you Battle Ready? Take the quiz to uncover your Middle-Earth Weapon of choice!
• Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth.
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!
Win: One lucky winner will receive a Digital Download Coupon for The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.


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March 20, 2015

Holy Week in Quito: Wealth of Tradition and Faith

Semana Santa, or Holy Week leading to Easter, is one of the most unique times to be in Quito. The elaborate religious processions are the most distinguished and memorable religious events in Latin America.
 
Taking place from now through April 5, Quito’s Holy Week offers the opportunity to experience traditional rituals that go back to the times of the Christ, contemporary and medieval music and Andean gastronomy within the framework of the celebration of Easter. 
 
The celebration of the Arrastre de caudas dates back to Roman times when military men mourned fallen generals. Quito is the only city in the world that still practices the ritual. Taking place on Holy Wednesday, this liturgical act takes place in the Cathedral with a leading priests dressed in hooded black cape with a 7-foot tail that symbolizes the sins of the world. Other priests lay down on the floors of the heard of the Cathedral in similar fashions while a large black flag is flown over their bodies and believers. The ritual represents the passing of the fallen’s spirit to the participants.
 
Locals and visitors alike join in a traditional circuit visit of at least seven churches during Holy Thursday when all churches in Quito are elaborately decorated in celebration of Easter.
 
On Good Friday the majestic procession of the Jesus del Gran Poder is an awe-inspiring interpretation of the Via Crucis with thousands of purple hooded pennants moving the massive march along the streets of the historic center.
 
The XIV International Sacred Music Festival takes place from March 19 to April 2nd with Quito’s most sacred grounds opening their doors to celebrate the holy sounds of contemporary and traditional hymns from across the world. The festival also features renditions of Christian tunes from the Middle Ages in Quito’s Historic Center churches.
 
The season’s main dish is Fanesca, a rich soup made with 12 different Andean beans representing Jesus’ apostles. The traditional dish is enriched with figleaf gourd (sambo), pumpkin (zapallo), and is generally garnished with hard boiled eggs, fried plantains, herbs and parsley. The most popular desserts for Fanesca are sweet figs and rice pudding.

March 19, 2015

Grand Palladium Vallarta In Riviera Nayarit Completes Renovations

The Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Riviera Nayarit on the Pacific coast of Mexico has completed the final touches of four years of renovations with the opening of a new water park.  Renovations that started in 2011 and continued in 2013 aimed at bringing the property to the Grand Palladium’s Five-Star standard. Revamped guest rooms and lobby areas, expanded family amenities and new restaurants, as well as new wedding services and travel club facilities highlight this major four year transformation of the property. To celebrate these new improvements, Palladium is also offering an incredible travel deal available for travelers from now until April 30, 2015.

The main lobby at the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa showcases a colorful transformation with locally inspired décor and chic, modern furniture. Guests can experience the new look of Grand Palladium Vallarta in their guest rooms and suites, where they will find upgraded amenities and design details to inspire the ultimate getaway for singles, couples and families alike.

The resort has also enhanced their food & beverage options from both a selection and service perspective. A new restaurant, “Ribs & More” joins the Mediterranean, Asian and Mexican eateries, in addition to their buffet style restaurant and seven bars throughout the resort. Palladium has also increased their food & beverage staffing and implemented their popular Food Allergy Program brand initiative, which establishes them as one of the few all-inclusive resort groups to cater to guests travelling with food allergies.

Families are now poised to have even more fun at the Grand Palladium Vallarta. The property now welcomes a new splash pool and waterpark just for the kiddies! Two new zany slides, shaped like a frog and a crocodile respectively, accompany new water cascades and water jet features that will keep children active and having fun in the sun. Additionally, Palladium has also fully launched the wildly popular Play at Palladium with Raggs entertainment program at the resort, which features evening shows, Kids’ Club appearances and the matchless “Raggs Breakfast” as part of the all-inclusive dining, in which the whole family can enjoy breakfast alongside Raggs and friends with foods creatively shaped like dogs and other animals.

Parents can have plenty of fun on their own while still keeping an eye on their children because the kid’s pool is a quick glance away from the new multi-tiered sundecks – perfect for catching a tan. To cool down, a new swim-up bar at the main pool is the perfect break between tanning sessions. Couples seeking a more intimate experience can visit the adjacent The Royal Suites Punta De Mita for an adults-only boutique experience.

The completion of these renovations now allows brides to say “I do!” with a Simple Stunning wedding package by Karen Bussen at the Resort’s two new breathtaking wedding locations. Palladium has built a beautiful colonial style wedding chapel which affords destination weddings the opportunity for a religious aspect of their ceremony on property. The other new terrace (pictured above) is ideal for wedding ceremonies or the reception, offering stunning panoramic views of Banderas Bay where one won’t be surprised to see humpback whales seasonally waving hello to the newlyweds. Wedding attendees can also now prep for the big day in leisure in Palladium’s Zentropia Spa & Wellness facility, home to a gorgeous bridal suite to start off a bride’s most important day in peace.         
   
Palladium Travel Club members, who have exclusive memberships to all Grand Palladium and The Royal Suites properties around the globe, can now enjoy the new dedicated Travel Club bar and lounge, ideal for sipping on a cold drink and relaxing under the Mexican sun. A new outdoor terrace offers amazing ocean views and even the opportunity to connect to Wi-Fi, watch the big game on TV or simply enjoy the serene and lush nature of Riviera Nayarit.

 
As if anyone needed another reason to come and experience these new improvements, Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort and Spa is now offering a special promotion good for booking until March 31 and travelling until April 30, 2015.
  • This Family Getaway allows up to 2 children for half off!
  • Rates starting at $127 per person, per night (rate applies only to adults based on double occupancy)
  • Booking online at PalladiumHotelGroup.com will also apply the benefits of Palladium’s Webcome  Package:
    • 15% discount per person on treatments in the Zentropia spa
    • Free late check-out (subject to availability)
    • Welcome fruit basket upon arrival
    • Welcome bottle of tequila
Offer may vary and is subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.

For more information on the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa, please visit: www.palladiumhotelgroup.com.

Ocean Voyagers Stay Connected with News Using PressReader

PressReader is revolutionizing the cruise line industry by bringing an unmatched selection of digital content relevant to every passenger, while cutting cruise line operational costs and putting cruise operators at the forefront of digital innovation. The cruise experience has sailed into the 21st century.

Passengers can now access full publications on their personal devices, as part of their onboard experience with major cruise lines such as Silversea Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and MSC Cruises.

“Our innovative maritime offering is being met enthusiastically by the industry and travellers alike, and it’s being deployed on new ships on a weekly basis,” said Igor Smirnoff, Chief Commercial Officer. “PressReader has always been committed to delivering content to readers anywhere. Working with challenging verticals such as cruise lines, we have developed a solution that meets and exceeds the expectations of operators and their passengers.”

As the only global all-you-can read news platform of its kind, PressReader has developed a solution that provides cruise lines with access to a growing catalogue of over 3,600 newspapers and magazines, in a single source. This technology allows cruise lines to offer date-of-issue newspapers and popular magazines, meeting the needs of today’s technology-savvy and hyper-connected travelers even in an offline environment.

PressReader Offline enables individual cruise ships to build unique title libraries in a non-Internet connected environment. Their libraries can be customized for each cruise based on the demographic of their travelers. PressReader Offline offers passengers access to publications via the ship’s onboard WiFi, and passengers can read anywhere on board on their own personal devices. Downloaded publications remain in a PressReader Library on the device even after the passenger leaves their cruise.

Cruise lines partnering with PressReader have the benefit of selecting between providing the solution on a complimentary basis for their passengers, or implementing a revenue-generating option. In such cases, passengers are required to purchase onboard access to the service, and only need to download the free PressReader app prior to sailing.

The PressReader Offline service also offers important functionality that enables cruise lines to include their own content, such as daily newsletters and brochures, and save on or eliminate print costs. PressReader traditionally provided a print on demand service to the cruise industry for years when the company was called NewspaperDirect, before rebranding in 2013.

March 12, 2015

ModCloth's Wedding Collection

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Attention, wedding belles and gorgeous guests -- you're cordially invited to explore ModCloth's exquisite wedding collection! Fall in love with dreamy dresses and outfit finishers perfect for brides, bridesmaids, and attendees eager to express their unique perspective on style. And don't forget -- we want to see the fab ModCloth look you put together! Use #marriedinmodcloth to share your inspiring ensemble with the rest of the ModCloth community.

These are a few of my favorite finds from ModCloth's Wedding Collection:

The With Haute a Doubt Heel in Seashell will go with just about any color or style, and would be perfect to wear to a bridal shower or an actual wedding!

This Best Kind of Beauty Dress is perfect for a bride-to-be's rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.  The scalloped lace makes this dress a real beauty!

The Chance to Enchant Dress would be perfect for a wedding attendee, or even someone in the bridal party.  The subtle beige hue is just so pretty!

March 11, 2015

TheBritishTraveler.com: Redesigns Their Travel Site and Offers More Options

TheBritishTraveler.com has redesigned their site, adding new British accommodations partnerships, simplifying the navigation and becoming mobile and tablet friendly. Select your British destination by city, county or region from the drop down and you can find a great pub for lunch to selecting a cottage in the countryside for a few nights. The See & Do section has added over 500 new sightseeing options and can be searched by your favorite attraction or activity, whether it’s a castle, museum or guided tour.

The site is unique because of the wide range of accommodation options on offer from the usual hotel room to more unique offerings, like staying with a British family in their home, renting a thatched cottage in the countryside, a historic castle stay or rub shoulders with the locals by staying in a pub or a B&B. All these options are available to book via partnerships forged due to the popularity of the travel site.

The new partnership with Hotels Combined enables travelers to view properties and see the rates from hundreds of top travel sites, allowing the consumer to book the best available price. Additional partnerships with Homestays.com and Cottages4You.co.uk ensure lots of options to site visitors.

In addition to accommodation option the site also recommends over 1,500 attractions and activities to enjoy during your visit, many of which can be booked on the site before leaving the US..

The site Publisher is a Londoner who has spent over 30 years in the tourism industry in both the UK and USA and includes his featured properties and sightseeing attractions & activities that he has experienced over the years.

For more information please visit TheBritishTraveler.com.

 
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