Travel News & Story Ideas - May 29, 2018  



Travel News Briefs - May 29, 2018
In This Issue:
Adventure/Tours, Hotels/Inns, Tourism Bureaus, National Events, Music Festivals, Museums
Adventure & Tours - Chile

Witness the 2019 Chilean Total Solar Eclipse
Lost World Adventures is offering a 6-day, 5-night trip to see the 2019 total solar eclipse in Chile from June 28-July 3, 2019. Travelers will begin in Santiago, then explore La Serena and the Elqui Valley, which falls directly beneath the eclipse's path of totality. This trip includes a visit to the Alma Observatory and discussions with local astronomical experts. Guests will also explore La Serena's golden coast, colonial architecture, and villages. The eclipse is the grand finale and conclusion of this journey. Rate: $4,170 per person, double occupancy. Includes: one night at Santiago hotel, breakfast included; four nights at Las Velas Beach Resort, breakfast included; guided excursions, airport-hotel transfers, most meals. Web:, Phone: 800-999-0558.
Media Contact: Garrett Korn, Email:, Phone: 404-373-5820
Adventure & Tours - Switzerland 
Swiss Alps Rail Tour
To showcase Switzerland's legendary railway journeys, Alpenwild is offering a
Scenic Alps by Rail Tour. On this 10-days/nine-nights' tour guests discover the history and culture of Switzerland, and the technology that has made Switzerland's rail system world famous. Rate: $4,995 per person based on double occupancy. Price includes first class rail tickets, luxurious accommodations, guided tour, all meals, ground transportation (including trams and mountain railways), admission and luggage transfers. Available through October 2018., (801) 226-9026.
Media Contact: Greg Witt, Email:, Phone: (801) 226-9026
Adventure & Tours - Europe
International Bike & Boat Adventures
Active Journeys offers
Bike & Boat Adventures in Ireland, Scotland, Holland, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy and Spain with more than 28 different itineraries to choose from. Explore ancient ruins and taste the authentic flavors of the local cuisine. E-bikes (a combination electric power/pedal bicycle) are available for the novice rider. Try your hand at hoisting a sail  on board these specially equipped sailboats and river barges. Departures are from April to October from-13 different countries. Prices start at $1895 to $2795 USD, per person, double occupancy. Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation (twin cabin), most meals on board, packed lunch, route notes and support, local guide, and internal transfers., 416 236 5011 
Media Contact: Lisa Didus, Email:, Phone: 416 236 5011 
Adventure & Tours - Ireland
Hiking Ireland's Ring of Kerry Mountains 
Wilderness Ireland offers hiking tours to some of Ireland’s highest peaks in Killarney National Park: Mount Brandon and Carrantuohill, part of the Ring of Kerry mountains. On the
Ring of Kerry Hiking Tour travelers uncover the legend of Cú Chulainn and the giant as they explore the stories of the Dingle Peninsula. Hike the lost pilgrimage paths along the sea cliff’s edge to white sandy beaches. Evenings are spent in small inns with traditional live music and local fare. Rate: From € 1,395.00. Includes 6 days of hiking, 6 nights accommodation in guest houses/hotels, most meals, hiking guide/driver., +353 (0) 91 457 898 
Media Contact: Ben Thorburn, Email:, Tel: +353 (0) 91 457 898. PR: Katie Marshall,


Hotels/Inns - San Diego, California

San Diego Romance at Hotel Tower23

San Diego's vibrant beach life sets the stage for Hotel Tower23's distinctive architecture and style. The Hotel offers in the mood romantic enhancements with their Sex on the Beach package. Includes dinner for two with 2 cocktails, breakfast in bed each morning, couples massage, naughty turn down service. Starting at $409/night, pp., through December 28, 2018. The hotel derives its name from lifeguard tower 23, located on Pacific Beach by the hotel. The rooms and suites offer a fresh design scheme and high-end amenities. Each evening, the dramatic setting sun, is celebrated by an ambient reflection on a 70-foot long "wave wall" at the back of their restaurant. Awaken your senses with a luxurious spa treatment in your guest room or private yoga instruction and fitness consultation. , 858 270 2323

Media Contact: Brett Miller, Email:, Phone: 858 270 2323

Hotels/Inns - Washington, Maine
Astronomy Retreat and Symposium
Medomak Retreat Center in Washington, Maine, will host their Astronomy Retreat and Symposium August 11-17, 2018, led by J. Kelly Beatty (Sky & Telescope's senior contributing editor). You can set up your telescope next to your cabin, on the new power-ready observing pad, or at a secure remote site with a commanding view for astrophotography. Or just bring your binoculars and use one of the retreat center's telescopes. This gathering will provide activities for amateurs to seasoned deep-sky observers and astrophotographers. Each afternoon will feature a series of presentations designed to teach you about astronomy, the night sky, telescopes, and how to view/photograph all those celestial wonders. All-Inclusive Tuition: $1,350.00 per person (includes private housing for family groups and individuals, all meals, all programs, activities, and use of facilities).

Media Contact: David A Brunner Email:, Phone: (207) 845-6001

Hotels/Inns - Amelia Island, Florida
Bed & Breakfast & Eco Adventure

Addison on Amelia Bed & Breakfast offers an
Amelia Island Outdoor Adventure package that includes a private 2-hour eco-tour with Captain Carol of On The Water Adventures in her 32′ Tanga speedboat. Experience the wild horses of Cumberland Island grazing on marsh grasses, and closely observe dolphins, alligators, egrets, herons, and other local fauna in their natural element. Also includes a 3-hour guided tour with Kayak Amelia (an up-close look at the birds and critters of the inland rivers and salt marshes). Rate: add $380 to the room cost; three-night minimum., (904) 277-1604
Media Contact: Bob or Shannon, Email: Phone: (904) 277-1604 
Hotels/Inns - Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Features New Mexican Arts & Furnishings
Located in the heart of historic Santa Fe, just a few blocks from the Plaza, the
Hacienda Nicholas B&B's decor features New Mexican art and furnishings. All of the rooms and suites feature wrought iron or carved wood four-poster beds and private baths decorated with charming Mexican tiles. Private entranced suites with mini kitchenettes which open out to the center courtyard of the inn. The onsite spa, Absolute Nirvana, specializes in authentic Indonesian spa and facial treatments. Recently ranked #2 by USA Today in their selection of Santa Fe's 10 Best B&B 's., Phone: (505) 986-1431
Media Contact: Carolyn Lee, Email:, 888.321.5123


Hotels/Inns - Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland

Ednam House Hotel

Built in 1761, the Hotel combines the convenience of a town centre location with the luxury of three acres of riverside gardens to explore. A stately Georgian country house, its grand history is evident throughout: ornate plasterwork ceilings, carved doors, fireplaces and stone work crafted by the finest artisans of the late 1700s. Their AA rosette-awarded restaurant offers produce from the fields, rivers and shores of the Scottish Borders. It’s a place to enjoy local cuisine and an enviable list of fine wines while drinking in the beautiful, panoramic views of the Tweed.  Web: 

Media Contact: Bill Kilday, Email:, Phone:  01573 224168

National Events - Twinsburg, Ohio
Twins Days Festival: Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World, Twinsburg, OH
The annual international
Twins Days Festival is recorded as the Largest Annual Gathering of Twins in the World by the Guinness Book of World Records. The
Festival will be held August 4th and 5th, 2018, at Glen Chamberlain Park, 10270 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH. Located 25 miles southeast of Cleveland, Twinsburg plays host to thousands of twins from all over the world. Activities include twins parade, twins contests, twins talent show; twins research area, twins group photo, entertainment, arts & crafts and, fireworks show; food concessions, official souvenirs. Twins are encouraged to register at the festival to be able to participate in the twins related activities and to be included in the official count. Admission is $4.00/person per day. Registration forms at
Media Contact: Mary DaRif Email: Phone: (330) 425-3652


National Events - Minnesota, Saint Paul, Twin Cities

Visit Saint Paul

Perched on the bluffs of the mighty Mississippi River, Saint Paul combines a river town feel with a big city vibe. Festivals, fairs and special events happen all year round in Saint Paul celebrating beer, culture, music, food and even winter. The Saint Paul events schedule showcases fun, family-friendly events throughout the year. The many flavors of Saint Paul are embodied in events such as Cinco de Mayo, Grand Old DayIrish Fair, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, the Lighting of Rice Park Powered by Xcel EnergyEuropean Christmas Market and so much more. Most events are suitable for the entire family.  If you seek adult crowds, try the Beer Dabbler. Recent accolades include: #1 Cleanest Metro Area, Travel & Leisure, 2010; #3 Least Stressed City, American Psychological Assoc. 2010.

Media Contact: Adam Johnson, Email:, Phone: (651) 226-5403
National Events - Portsmouth, New Hampshire
New Hampshire's Restaurant Week - Portsmouth & the Seacoast

Restaurant Week Portsmouth & the Seacoast spotlights Greater Portsmouth, NH, as a culinary and cultural destination. Restaurant Week runs November 8-17, 2018. More than 40 restaurants around the Seacoast (Portsmouth, Dover, Hampton, New Castle, Rye, Exeter, and Kittery, Maine) are offering up great meal values during lunch and dinner over the ten days. Participating restaurants offer special three course prix fixe menus: $16.95 for lunch or $29.95 for dinner, per person. Some restaurants extend the $16.95 value price to dinner as well. Area hotels offer special rates & packages during the event. Portsmouth was recently ranked # 6 on National Geographic Traveler's list of the Historic Places in the U.S, 603.610.5510
Media Contact: Katti Mowers, Email:, Phone: 603-610-5526 or
National Events - Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair is among the leading fine art events in the country
The 49th Annual
Ann Arbor Art Fair (consisting of four separate but concurrent fairs) is among the leading fine art events in the country. From July 19-22, 2018, the streets of Ann Arbor will transform into an art lover’s paradise where you can experience and enjoy original works of art, street performances, culinary treats and a variety of sidewalk sales. From seasoned art enthusiasts to novice collectors, more than 400,000 people will make the trip to discover something truly inspiring. This is a juried, fine art event featuring the members of the Guild of Artists & Artisans. The Fair has 375 exhibiting artist booths and art demonstrations. Admission is free.  or
Media Contact: Nicole McKay, Email:, Phone: 734.662.3382 or Karen Delhey, Email: 
National Events - Croton on Hudson, New York
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Music & Environmental Festival
Founded by Pete Seeger, the 40th Anniversary of the
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival will take place June 16 & 17, 2018 at Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Westchester County). Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts from around the world and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism. The Revival is a destination for music fans and families alike, offering a plethora of family-oriented programming and activities and vendors for kids. Tickets: $46-$80 (single day), $76-$140 (weekend pass), $180-$240 (weekend plus camping) or call 888-718-4253 opt. 1. 
Media Contact: Steve Lurie, Email:, Phone: (845) 265-8080 ext 7155

National Events - Chicago, Illinois
Swedish immigration to Chicago, Dream of America Guided Tour, Swedish American Museum
Dive into the history of Swedish immigration to Chicago with a guided tour of the Swedish American Museum’s permanent exhibit, “
The Dream of America.” Uncover the stories of real immigrants like Karl Karlsson, who left Sweden with his family in 1893, or Elin and Birgitta Hedman, who made the journey in 1924. Learn about what awaited the millions who came to America via Ellis Island and what life was like in Swedish neighborhoods such as Andersonville in Chicago then and now. The event is June 16 at 11:00 am, 5211 N Clark St  Chicago, IL 60640. Admission is Adults $4; Children/students/seniors $3; Families $10; members are free. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made via email to
Media Contact: Angelica Farzaneh-Far, Email:, Phone: (773) 728.8111
National Events - Lexington, Kentucky
Largest Vintage Truck Show in the World, Lexington, KY, May 31-June 2
American Truck Historical Society (ATHS) will hold its vintage truck show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY from May 31 thru June 2, 2018. “When we say ‘trucks’ we are talking about early 1900’s high wheelers, to large, vintage, 18 wheeler type trucks,” said Jim Poage, Executive Director of the ATHS. Over 1,000 vintage trucks are scheduled to be onsite. Several of the trucks on display are literally one-of-a-kind. The majority of the trucks are fully restored, many in mint condition. The show is a family event where kids can drive a car or truck in a state of the art driving simulator. Admission: Single day tickets $15, under 12 free with accompanying adult. The event is located at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy., Lexington, Kentucky, 40511.

Media Contact: Cheryl Kober,  Email:, 816-777-0999
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