18th Century Nordic Design Schlössle Hotel Estonia Reopens #TravelTuesday #Travel

Situated in Tallinn’s Old Town, amidst medieval courtyards and cobblestone streets, the Schlössle Hotel, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, will re-open on the 16th May 2016 after a stylish refurbishment. 

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Drawing inspiration from 18th Century Nordic design, famed interior architect Jean Pierre Martel, appointed to the project, has created a style which gracefully complements the classic limestone architecture of the building, making it the perfect location from which to discover one of Europe’s most historical and alluring cities.  

“The Schlössle has an illustrious heritage and an ideal location in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage center of Tallinn, says General Manager, Mara Blaubarde. “The redesign of the hotel is the next exciting chapter in our story.  We are looking forward to welcoming guests back to our home and providing them with that warm service and attention to detail for which we are known.”

Housed in an elegant 13th century merchant house on Pühavaimu Street, one of city’s most prestigious roads, the hotel’s 17 rooms and 6 suites have been restyled to offer a more airy and sophisticated layout. High vaulted ceilings, wooden beams and flagstone walls create a cozy and intimate atmosphere.  The earthy colour palette of ivory, fern, soft beiges and greys, inspired by the hotel’s Baltic surroundings add to the soothing minimalist vibe.

The reception and lobby provide a contemporary look to welcome guests.  Social spaces, ideal for an afternoon cocktail or interlude, include warm lounge areas, plush sofas and lustrous wood burning fireplaces reminiscent of a home-style estate.  The lobby leads guests to the courtyard, a vibrant garden area open for lunch and dinner, where signature experiences, including the weekly barbeque take place during the summer. 

Adjoining the lobby, the bistro offers an Estonian spin on contemporary dining, featuring a sumptuous breakfast buffet, lunch and dinner service with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and seasonal specialties.  The menu includes such dishes as, gratin of pulled lamb shank and maple infused apples with carrots and mackerel with rhubarb-marinated fennel and thyme sauce. Downstairs, the gourmet restaurant has been redecorated with rich fabrics, stonework and bold colors to complement the historic setting.  The cuisine is Nordic inspired with local ingredients and artistic presentations by Chef Rasmus Treial, whom has directed top kitchens in Ireland, Australia, Spain and Estonia.  The Cigar Lounge, located in the cellar, offers a chic venue for after dinner cocktails and an extensive cigar list.

In addition to the redesign of the interiors, guests can expect enhanced experiences and bespoke details included in their stay such as; sparkling wine upon arrival, complimentary in-room mini bar and tailored snack basket.  Preloaded iPads make ordering room service, connecting with the concierge team and discovering the surrounding sites effortless.  Luxurious Aromatherapy amenities will pamper guests after a day of site seeing. 

With enhanced facilities, stylish design and warm personalized service, the team is thrilled to welcome guests to experience the redefined Schlössle Hotel.

For more information, visit: www.schloesslehotel.com

Wet ‘n Wild Florida Buy A Day Get the Rest of 2016 Free

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando is offering a special deal exclusively for Florida residents where they can buy one day admission and get access to the water park for the rest of 2016 FREE. Here are the details:

Aqua Drag Racer at Wet 'n Wild

Florida Resident Offer: Buy a Day and Get the Rest of 2016 FREE

  • Cost: $39.99 per person, plus tax – less than a regular one-day ticket.
  • Offer available for purchase now through May 31
  • Pass valid for admission to Wet ‘n Wild through December 31, 2016

This special offer will give guests the opportunity to enjoy all of the thrills and over-the-top excitement of the water park throughout its final year. For more information, visit www.wetnwildorlando.com.

Save on Your Summer Vacation With Omni Hotel & Resorts

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If you’re starting to plan your summer vacation, then you won’t want to miss these travel deals from Omni Hotel & Resorts:

Omni Hotel & Resorts invites guests to save more and play more all summer long by offering exceptional value for seasonal escapes. The luxury hotel brand announced today limited-time dates to receive the best savings during the summer holidays. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, salute to summer by receiving 10 percent off a one-night stay; 15 percent off a two-night stay; and 20 percent off a three-night stay or longer.

Now through May 16, 2016, guests can choose the Salute and Save package to book a special Memorial Day vacation. Stay at Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C, to honor veterans with a trip to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial or walk the footsteps of past Presidents by playing a round of golf at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., is offering a “Memorial Day Celebration” with fun weekend activities for guests of all ages, including poolside entertainment, a jewelry trunk show, history tours, a cabana cookout, live music and more!

The “Stars, Stripes and Savings” package is bookable starting May 10 for Select Guest members and May 17 for all other guests, available through July 18, 2016. Patriotic guests can choose to celebrate Independence Day in Austin, Texas, with the fourth annual “Barton Creek LIVE Summer Music Series,” fireworks and barbeque at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa or experience Southern cuisine and hospitality in Hot Springs, Va., with an “Independence Day Cookout” at The Omni Homestead Resort, an iconic resort celebrating its 250th anniversary this year.

End the summer with a much deserved getaway by booking the “Work Hard, Play Harder” package, bookable starting July 12for Select Guest members and July 19 for all other guests until September 11, 2016. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, in Amelia Island, Fla., offers luxurious oceanfront accommodations, world-class resort pools, championship golf, endless dining options and a full-service spa for endless relaxation. Families can offer children one more chance to bring back summer by staying in the Aquatica Kids Suite at Omni San Antonio at the Colonnade, a room that captures the essence of what it would be like to be under the sea, while offering fun activities for children to enjoy.

The summer savings packages apply to overnight stays before September 11, 2016, and may not be combined with any other special offers. Some costs are associated with resort camps or activities and may have age restrictions. All offers are subject to availability. For additional information, please visit omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni. Travelers or media can also follow Omni Hotels & Resorts at www.Facebook.com/OmniHotels and Twitter.com/OmniHotels.

Family Fun in Pigeon Forge

MagiQuest

If you’re heading to East Tennessee this summer, you won’t want to miss these fun family attractions:

East Tennessee is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood, wild black bears and some of the most family friendly destinations in the country. In Pigeon Forge, near the entrance to the smokies, there are two exciting locations that challenge the entire family to engage in mental and physical challenges as a team.

The first of these attractions is The Tomb. At The Tomb you can take your group of archaeologists deep into an ancient Egyptian tomb for nearly an hour of excitement. Guests find themselves trapped by the spirit of an ancient Pharaoh, faced with ingenious challenges that must be completed for any chance of making it out alive. Your group must work together to find success in this battle of wits, or face the Pharaoh’s wrath. If you fail, you may never escape!

Less than a mile away, you can step into MagiQuest for the journey of a lifetime! MagiQuest is a world within the real world where you embark on quests and adventures to gain powers, reveal secrets, meet people and discover magical treasures! Click here to learn more! MagiQuest in Pigeon Forge also offers an 18 hole Pirate Miniature Golf course set in a Carribean pirate village and accented by blacklights, The Odyssey Mirror Maze, and The Vault laser challenge.

5 Great Places to Eat in Kentucky

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I made my first-ever pit stop in Kentucky last month on my way to Ohio. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to leave the airport, but someday I’ll have to go back and check out these five off-the-beaten-path eateries known for their delicious local specialties:

Chaney’s Dairy Barn – Offers premium homemade ice cream made right on the premises in Bowling Green, KY. They make flavors such as Bourbon Crunch, Strawberry Cheesecake, German Chocolate Cake, to name just a few.

Cambridge Market & Café – A local family-owned spot in Bowling Green with home-made dishes and daily specials using only quality, local ingredients- especially known for their home-made southern sweet tea.

Boyce General Store – Standing in the very spot as it did in Bowling Green since 1869, you’ll find the same honest, rustic simplicity that has been the keystone of the operation for generations. Boyce General Store offers beef, pork, and produce supplied by local area farmers of Kentucky.

The Homestead – Located in Winchester, Kentucky offers seasonal meals, homemade baked goods, and occasional music, or other festivities. They even have homemade marshmallows.

Shack in the Back – This small BBQ joint in Louisville is where families gather for all that is best about Kentucky barbeque. Good country food done in a lovely country atmosphere, popular for their ribs, chicken wings with sweet sop sauce, loaded potato skins and more.

Bob Dylan “Dont Look Back” Exhibition Coming to Morrison Hotel Gallery

©D.A. Pennebaker

©D.A. Pennebaker

If you’ll be in New York City on May 20th, don’t miss this fantastic exhibition coming to Morrison Hotel Gallery:

Bob Dylan doesn’t look back – he’s elusive, poetic, an artist’s artist – and he’s always in motion. He doesn’t readily put forth details about his personal life or his music. Director D.A. Pennebaker is often described as the pre-eminent chronicler of sixties counterculture. His film, Dont Look Back, filmed in 1965 and released in 1967, reveals Dylan as vulnerable, fiery, and grappling with the demands of the media and his fans while he struggles to push his artistry forward.

On Friday, May 20th, Morrison Hotel Gallery – located at 116 Prince Street – along with esteemed curator of immersive, retrospective events Joseph Baldassare – will present a rare and revelatory exploration in images from this formative time.

“As I was looking back on D.A. Pennebaker’s enduring documentary, Dont Look Back, which follows a young Bob Dylan emerging into worldwide prominence as the singer/songwriter of his generation, I was reminded throughout the film that Dylan asks his audience and not the media to interpret his songs for themselves,” MHG co-founder Peter Blachley reflects. “Our gallery is very proud to present the images from this classic film. I’m most excited to present this show to people who may have never experienced of the music of Bob Dylan, so beautiful and intimately captured by D.A. Pennebaker.”

The exhibit celebrates the 50-year anniversary of this iconic movie – a movie that brings together an already iconic artist and a filmmaker who was in the process of revolutionizing the documentary. The show is thoughtfully curated and produced by industry vet Joseph Baldassare – in conjunction with MHG – and has the distinction of being the first gallery exhibit of Pennebaker’s work. The show features original movie posters and 18 choice image stills from the film, printed from the enhanced negative. Pennebaker, 90, will be at the opening reception, and to this day, he remains a vital cultural force. He recently screened his newest documentary, Unlocking The Cage, at The Sundance Film Festival, which will air on HBO later this year

“This exhibition at Morrison Hotel Gallery is a celebration of the artistry of both D.A Pennebaker and Bob Dylan – two pioneers that have shaped the way we see, hear and think,” says Joseph Baldassare about the exhibit.

Included in the exhibition are small editions of 10 prints of each that are signed and numbered by Pennebaker and available for purchase. Each purchased print includes a multiple image, original filmstrip from the Dont Look Back film, in a specially designed protective sleeve. Several original movie posters, which are 50 years old, will be part of the exhibit and for sale as well. As a big treat for Dylan fans, Hohner Harmonicas has issued a signature series harmonica that is hand signed and played by Bob Dylan, and packaged in a handsome wooden case available for purchase at the exhibit.

The film Dont Look Back chronicles Dylan’s 1965 tour of England and features a cast of characters including Joan Baez, Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman, his road manager Bob Neuwirth, Marianne Faithfull, John Mayall, and Allen Ginsberg. It showcases a cocksure but charismatic young Dylan. It’s a culturally weighty documentary that shows Dylan’s impact on his peers, the press, and offers glimpses into Dylan coming to terms with international stardom. It also includes stunning musical performance footage, including the ground-breaking music video for Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The film made its public debut on May 17, 1967, at the Presidio Theater in San Francisco, and opened that September at the 34th Street East Theater in New York.In 1998, The United States National Film Registry recognized the film for its cultural significance. It has also been voted in the top ten of many film documentary polls.

Says Pennebaker of the iconic film – “This exhibition is a tribute to a film that 50 years ago I couldn’t get theatrical distributors to sit through the 2nd reel. Go figure.”

Shopping in The Big Apple With Fairfield Inn #Travel

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Heading to NYC this year? Make like Carrie in S&TC and shop ’til you drop with this fun travel package from Fairfield Inn:

The Fairfield Inn & Suites New York Manhattan/Downtown East, whose sleek and modern interiors reflect the vibrancy of its neighborhood in the Lower East Side, is offering two new packages for guests to explore the ever evolving city that never sleeps and its surrounding areas.

For visitors who want a direct line from the city for the ultimate shopping experience may book the Woodbury Commons Shopping Package that introduces guests to the region’s high-end premium outlet with over 200 stores. The package includes overnight accommodations for two, two tickets for coach bus transportation to the Woodbury Common Outlets, a hot breakfast buffet, Wi-Fi access, and a 2 p.m. late check-out. Package rates start at $159 per night.

The hotel’s convenient location in Downtown Manhattan also makes it easy to explore popular attractions by foot, most notably World Trade Center, South Street Seaport and the Wall Street areas. Guestrooms are modern and sophisticated, offering sweeping views to the East River and Manhattan Bridge.

Complete information on all hotel packages and online booking is available here.

Bikini Berlin Commissions Floral Installation by Rebecca Louise Law #Travel #BikiniBerlin #Garten

Rebecca Louise Law's installation sketch

Rebecca Louise Law’s installation sketch

Through May 1st, Germany’s Bikini Berlin Concept Shopping Mall will host a beautiful floral sculpture created by London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law:

Bikini Berlin Concept Shopping Mall, a restored West Berlin architectural landmark, will host a large-scale site-specific floral sculpture from the 23rd March to 1st May 2016, launching Berlin into the spring season and culminating at the Gallery Weekend in early May. Following on from this, the end of June sees the launch of a public flower market staged by Tollwasblumenmachen.de.

The flowers, a melange of hydrangeas, peonies, and other vibrant spring florals will be provided by Tollwasblumenmachen.de, who has partnered with Bikini Berlin to fill the architecturally striking, industrial space. Bikini Berlin gave an open brief to Rebecca, who is known for her immersive installations around the world.

The installation will be suspended in the vaulted atrium of the restored main Bikini Berlin building. The light-filled space opens on one end to the Berlin Zoo monkey enclosure, and on the other, bustling Budapesterstrasse.

About Bikini Berlin:

Opened in 2014, Bikini Berlin Concept Shopping Mall includes a compilation of carefully curated and coordinated boutiques, concept and flagship stores, as well as a selection of gastronomic offerings, and regular, stand-out cultural programming.

Bikini Berlin boasts an impressive roster of local and international retailers, including Anna Kraft; Premiata; Gant; Gestalten; Kusmi Tea; Mykita; Super; and Teufel Raumfeld, among others.

The name BIKINI BERLIN comes from the name Bikinihaus, which is how local Berliners affectionately christened the building in the 1950s. An open-sided second storey framed by columns, once separated the building into one upper and one lower area. For locals, the two-tier architecture, which today is fully-glazed, reminded Berliners of the daring new swimwear fashion of the time, the bikini.

Ocean by H10 Hotels Opens its Newest Location in Cuba

Ocean Casa del Mar

Ocean by H10 Hotels just opened its fourth location in Cuba:

Ocean by H10 Hotels has opened the five-star Ocean Casa del Mar, a newly-built resort with an ideal beachfront location. It stands in Cayo Santa María, the largest of the Villa Clara Keys located in the north of Cuba. The 800-room resort has direct access to a stunning beach that runs for almost 1 kilometre along the coast. “This five-star resort offers a wide range of services, including its large pools, extensive selection of cuisine, a 24-hour All-Inclusive service and a full program of entertainment for both adults and children, with the sole objective to guarantee our costumers satisfaction” pointed Oscar Serrano, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Ocean by H10 Hotels.

Cayo Santa María is an increasingly popular tourist destination in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Buena Vista Bay, a natural paradise with stunning white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. This island also hosts a large diversity of endemic plants and animal species.

Decorated with an elegant, modern design that reflects the natural environment, this complex is arranged around two large swimming pools and offers beautiful views of the sea and the surrounding landscape as well.

Rooms:
The Ocean Casa del Mar has 800 bright, spacious rooms. All of them have a balcony or terrace and are equipped with all the services you need for the most pleasant stay: LCD television with international channels, coffee machine, minibar, safe box, air conditioning, ceiling fan and fully-equipped bathroom.

​The newly-build five-star Resort, offers Deluxe Rooms, Privilege Rooms, spectacular Suites and the Privilege Suites that include lounge, toilet, fully-equipped bathroom with Hydro-massage Bath, shower and each one with a magnificent view.

Dining options:

The Ocean Casa del Mar has several restaurants and bars. Its eight restaurants, six of which are à la carte, serve different types of cuisine: international, Italian, Asian, Mediterranean, Cuban and fish and seafood. They include El Ranchón Playa Concha Restaurant, near the beach, El Cocotal Restaurant, with themed evenings, and the Blue Moon Restaurant for over-18s, the ideal place for a romantic meal.

The resort has ten bars spread around the complex, one of them, Mike’s Coffee, serves speciality teas, coffees and homemade cakes. Three of these bars have spectacular settings: two in the pool and one on the beach.

Special services:
“The Ocean Casa del Mar always committed with its clients comfort, offers Ocean’s Privilege Service, for those in search of an extra touch of exclusivity, with always the best rooms, great views and special services” says Oscar Serrano, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Ocean by H10 Hotels. The Privilege Rooms includes a free hour of Wi-Fi per room during the stay, a table reserved in restaurants and exclusive amenities. Guests can also enjoy the Privilege Lounge, which serves premium brand wines and spirits and à la carte breakfasts and evening meals.

Entertainment:
The resort is designed to ensure a great and sound rest or a great time adventure on your spare time.Children amusement is also one of our priorities; this is why we have children’s pool and paddling pool, a games area and the Daisy Club entertainment program. For adults, the Ocean Casa del Mar offers a full program of sports and other activities organized by its team of entertainers, the Blue Team. The Ocean Casa del Mar also include services like theatre, fitness centre, Wi-Fi throughout the hotel, an internet corner and free outdoor parking.

The opening of the Ocean Casa del Mar gives the chain a total of four resorts and 2000+ rooms in Cuba. Ocean by H10 Hotels already has two hotels in Varadero, the Ocean Vista Azul (opened in December 2015) and the Ocean Varadero El Patriarca, and another one in the capital, the H10 Habana Panorama. All four resorts belong to the Gaviota Group and are managed by H10 Hotels.

Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium Coming to Universal CityWalk #TravelThursday

 Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium

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Universal Orlando Resort will get a little bit sweeter when this amazing restaurant opens its doors:

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal CityWalk may be the most spectacularly delicious example yet of what happens when the Universal Creative team that designs theme park attractions comes together with the culinary team that creates blockbuster food and beverage experiences.

Set to open later this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Factory will be a full-service restaurant that brings together a specially created and expansive menu plus an incredible array of gourmet-level chocolates and desserts – all in a highly themed, unique environment that can only be found at Universal CityWalk.

The restaurant will be located near the entrance to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, and visible around the entire CityWalk lagoon. Welcome to the 19th century inspired, Steampunk-era chocolate factory, complete with towering smokestacks, tanks and antique piping. Inside, a mix of brass, dark wood and gadgetry – along with staff who will look and act the part – will complete the Steampunk feel.

This unique experience will be punctuated by the food that will completely enrapture you. The menu features a wide variety of unexpected, yet familiar dishes – from all-day-brunch crepes and quiches to unique takes on classic steak, seafood and pasta entrees, gourmet burgers, sandwiches, scrumptious salads and so much more. The number of options will leave you speechless. And the desserts and specialty items will be beyond the imagination.

The artisan milkshake collection will include shakes with names such as Chocolate x5 – mixed with chocolate spirals, chocolate chunks, chocolate ice cream and more – along with Bacon Brittle, Espresso Buzzzz, Red Velvet and Key Lime Pie.

The sundaes include S’mores – with chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, marshmallow cream, graham crackers and more – Salted Caramel Flan, Chocolate Brownie Bark – and more.

Guests will also be able to watch chocolate creations being prepared – and purchase them from the restaurant’s retail shop to take home and enjoy.

The new restaurant will be the latest in a progression of incredibly popular dining concepts that have opened at Universal CityWalk over the past couple years – nine new concepts in two years, to be exact.