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10 Ways to View Fall Colour in North Carolina

Above and Beyond: 10 Ways to View Fall Colour in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 4, 2013) — With more than tree 200 species under the bluest of skies, North Carolina puts on a kaleidoscopic show in the fall. But the state’s exceptional colour comes from more than maples and sourwoods. Experience the full glory in myriad ways from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Atlantic Ocean piers.

Soar through the canopy: Experience fall colour up close on a canopy tour. North Carolina is a national zipline leader with more than 20 tours, including The Gorge, the steepest in the Continental United States.

Bow down to monarchs: Vibrant orange wings flutter en masse during the monarch butterfly migration. Starting in mid-September, their flight path crosses the North Carolina mountains. The best odds of seeing them are on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Cherry Cove (milepost 415.7) and Wagon Road Gap (milepost 412.2) and at Chimney Rock.

Hop a train: The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad‘s fall foliage ride follows a historic rail line into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains. And in Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad combines scenery with family fun.

Grab a paddle: Add the shimmering gold of cordgrass to the fall palette with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard trek through lush salt marshes. From Kitty Hawk Kayaks & Surf School on the Outer Banks to The Adventure Kayak Company in Southport, outfitters offer lessons and tours.

Find the bear: As the harvest sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a bear-like shadow emerges from the canopy for 30 minutes every evening from mid-October to early November. Catch the “Shadow of the Bear” from Rhodes Big View Overlook near Cashiers.

Saddle up: Take a guided horseback ride at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where woodlands, streams and waterfalls create stunning scenery. Or bring your own horse and join RFD-TV’s “Best of America by Horseback” for a ride at Leatherwood Mountains in Ferguson.

Uncork the colour: Sip reds and whites in the woodlands of North Carolina wine country. The Vineyards of Swan Creek Wine Trail includes Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, known for panoramic views of the Blue Ridge and Brushy Mountains.

See more than leaves: Floral colours at public gardens add beauty to the season. At Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, the red footbridge in the Asiatic arboretum harmonizes with the crimson of Japanese maple.

Cast a line in the surf: Start at daybreak for a double photo op — one for the coral-coloured sky and one for the giant red drum or speckled seatrout you land.

Go airborne: Drink in the view from a hot-air balloon. Join the crowd at the colorful Carolina Balloon Fest in Statesville or connect with an individual operator such as Carolina Balloon Adventures, Balloons Over Charlotte or Asheville Hot Air Balloons.

Find more ideas for fall colour travel at VisitNC.com

Archeologists Discover Anchor from Blackbeard’s Flagship! June 2011 news

Archaeologists Discover Anchor from Blackbeard’s FlagshipMOREHEAD CITY, N.C. –  Archaeologists recovered the first anchor, weighing more than 2,500 pounds and measuring more than 11 feet tall and 7 feet wide, from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, two miles off  the coast of Beaufort, N.C., on Friday, May 27, 2011. The timing corresponds perfectly with the release of Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” featuring both Blackbeard and his notorious ship.

With the recent release of Pirates of the Caribbean 4:  On Stranger Tides, a pirate craze is in full force across the nation and adventure-seekers experience an authentic pirate haven on the Crystal Coast. In the new thrilling Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Captain Jack Sparrow is forced aboard Captain Blackbeard’s Ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. The Crystal Coast played host to Blackbeard and his swashbuckling crew in the 1700s and remains the final resting place for the Queen Anne’s Revenge. From exploring Blackbeard’s ship and seeing Blackbeard’s Hammock House, to paddling kayaks in pirate-drenched waters and searching for hidden treasure at the haunted Fort Macon, bustling buccaneers embark on a journey that retraces Blackbeard’s nefarious ways.
North Carolina Maritime Museum

Treasure-seekers discover bountiful booty with a firsthand look at exhumed relics from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, from 24-pound colossal cannon balls and a small-shot brass blunderbuss barrel to an extensive array of vessel anchors.

Beaufort Historic Site

Treasure abounds in North Carolina’s third-oldest town and past stomping grounds of Blackbeard, with double-decker bus tours of the old jail, courthouse, apothecary, art gallery and Old Burying Ground.

Old Burying Ground

As one of the oldest cemeteries in North Carolina, the historic site offers ghostly pirate excursions where discoverers stumble upon grave sites from a little girl buried in a rum keg to the cannon covered tomb of a privateer.

Dangling like a delicate strand of pearls off the coast of North Carolina, this favored Atlantic beach destination of generations represents one of the only remaining natural barrier island systems in the World. The Islands are strung together with 85 miles of silken coastline along the southern Outer Banks, 56 miles of which are in the protected Cape Lookout National Seashore. Comprised of the seaside towns of Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, Harker’s Island and Morehead City, the Crystal Coast is home to one of the oldest cemeteries in the state, Fort Macon State Park, Blackbeard’s legendary ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge and is the setting for several of Nicholas Sparks’ best selling novels.

For more information on the Crystal Coast call (800) 786-6962 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (800) 786-6962      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.crystalcoastnc.org or www.facebook.com/crystalcoast.

North Carolina Gov. Announces the State’s 100th Winery

North Carolina Gov. Announces the State’s 100th Winery 

As North Carolina celebrates its 100th winery, the North Carolina wine boom continues, boosting tax revenues and enticing visitors. 

RALEIGH – Gov. Bev Perdue announced today that North Carolina is now home to 100 wineries. The 100th winery in North Carolina to raise a glass is Cauble Creek Vineyard in Salisbury. “Our wine industry is made up of small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers.  Most importantly it creates jobs in our state,” said Gov. Perdue.   “Our wineries and vineyards provide a compelling reason to visit our state and they are a significant economic engine.”North Carolina ranks seventh in wine production and 10th in grape production nationally.  Research funded by the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council reports the wine and grape industry in this state accounts for more than 5,700 jobs with total economic impact as much as $813 million. North Carolina also ranks among the top five states in the country as a destination for culinary tourism according to a 2007 Travel Industry Association (now known as U.S. Travel Association) survey. A Tale of Two GrapesThe industry here shares two types of grapes: the sweet native muscadines (such as carlos, noble, magnolia, etc.) and the European-style vinifera grapes (such as chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, etc.) The 100th winery focuses exclusively on the sweet muscadine grape and also sells jams, jellies and neutraceuticals made from muscadines. 

A Growing IndustryThe number of wineries in the state has grown dramatically over the last 30 years. In 1972, Westbend Vineyards was the first winery to plant European vinifera grapes in the Yadkin Valley.In 2005, the state boasted around 50 wineries making both European vinifera and muscadine wines; in five years, that number has tipped to 100. More wineries have already filed with the Council this week. About Cauble Creek, the 100th WineryWilliam Yost, owner of Cauble Creek Vineyards, left a job in industrial sales to start his new venture. He grew up on a farm and decided to plant muscadine grapes, although his father worried that the grape business was less stable than the small greens crop around which the family had built their agribusiness. “When you’re raised on a farm and your heart and soul go in it your whole life, you become part of the dirt,” Yost says. “With the winery start up, my main goals were to support the tourism, heritage and sustainability basics, so I wanted to plant something that would do well on this land in order to make a quality grape product with the opportunity for product line extensions.”Yost’s first encounter with wine making was in 2000, when one of his great uncles, John Cauble, passed down the responsibility of making the communion wine for the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Salisbury. Yost’s wife, Anita, and son Alex, supported his nights in the basement, experimenting and researching. Yost also completed classes in Surry County Community College’s Viticulture and Enology Technology program. Today, winemaker Mark Friszolowski at Childress Vineyards in Lexington makes the wine from Yost’s nine acres of vineyards. www.caublecreekvineyards.comJustin Furr, Executive Director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council, says the North Carolina industry is filled with stories of family farms and risk. “It costs $10,000 an acre just to plant wine grapes—that doesn’t include fertilizer or pruning or upkeep after they are in the soil,” Furr says. “The people who thrive in this industry are innovate farmers and entrepreneurs.”The Road to 100: Notable N.C. Wine Facts·       North Carolina was the top producing wine state in the country before Prohibition·       Every part of the state has wineries; almost every North Carolinian lives within 100 miles of a winery.·       With one million visitors annually, Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. is the most visited winery in the nation.·       Westbend Vineyards in Lewisville, N.C. was the first to bottle European vinifera grapes in the Yadkin Valley in 1972.·       Duplin Winery opened in Rose Hill, N.C. in 1976. Today, they are the largest volume producer of wine in the state and the largest muscadine winery in the world.·       Scuppernong, a type of muscadine grape, is the first grape cultivated in the United States and is the official fruit of North Carolina.·       The Mothervine in Manteo on Roanoke Island, N.C. is a 400-year-old scuppernong vine; it’s the oldest known cultivated grapevine in the nation.

For more information on visiting North Carolina wineries, buying North Carolina wine or enjoying seasonal events at wineries across the state, go to VisitNCWine.com.

About the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council

The North Carolina Wine & Grape Council facilitates the development of North Carolina’s grape and wine industries by enhancing product quality for consumers, and encouraging economic viability and opportunity for growers and processors through education, marketing and research. All wineries recognized and promoted by the Council have tasting rooms open to the public. Find downloadable maps, events and more at VisitNCWine.com or call 1-877-3NC-WINE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              1-877-3NC-WINE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Nina Simone World Music Festival in Tryon, NC, on 9-11 September 2011

Nina Simone World Music Festival

Nina Simone Festival Announces Jonathan Green Poster

Anticipation builds about the recently announced Nina Simone World Music Festival, scheduled for 9-11 September 2011 in Tryon, NC.  The music festival in the name of Nina Simone includes local, regional and (inter)national talents performing a range of music genres on multiple stages in the North Carolina Blue Ridge birthplace of Simone.  

Nina Simone Project (NSP) founder and director Dr. Crys Armbrust released information today detailing the poster for the inaugural festival celebration of the internationally-famed, North Carolina-born singer and activist.  The over-sized poster, depicting a powerful image of Simone, features artist Jonathan Green’s painting NINA (2009).  A limited number of the poster’s printing run will be signed by the artist.

Green, highly acclaimed as one of the most important painters of the southern experience, describes his painting thusly: “I approached the creation of “Nina” as a privilege to express my interpretation of the power, force, passion, and vulnerability of a gifted genius of music and performance.”  That interpretation, Armbrust asserts, captures, in the words of Green, “the incredible legacy Dr. Nina Simone gave to our culture and heritage.”

“The Nina Simone Project,” Armbrust continued, “expresses its deep appreciation to Mr. Green for his generous sharing of talent and vision to support the NSP’s mission and goals.” 

Nina Simone World Music Festival information will be regularly updated at www.ninasimoneproject.org.  

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Cape Hatteras named #4 Best Beach in America

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Cape Hatteras is ranked #4 Best Beach in America by Dr. Beach

Cape Hatteras named #4 Best Beach in America

Outer Banks makes Dr. Beach Top Ten for 2010

(CAPE HATTERAS, NC) May 28, 2010 – The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is proud to announce that Cape Hatteras has again made Dr. Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman’s Top Ten Best Beach list for 2010. The Hatteras Island beach has risen to the rank of #4 among America’s beaches. This incredible recognition by Dr. Leatherman validates what many have recognized for so long, that Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks simply offer a different kind of beach vacation experience.

“People are looking for a greater value these days,” explains Lee Nettles, Managing Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. “Dr. Beach’s ranking gives vacationers the assurance their travel dollars are being well spent on the OBX.  Memorial Day is the official start of summer, which means a lot of people will be looking for a beach to visit, and we hope they’ll consider Cape Hatteras and The Outer Banks of North Carolina.  This title is something we can all take pride in and enjoy together.”

The great thing about Cape Hatteras, is that it reflects the type of beaches you can find nearly everywhere along the 130 miles of Outer Banks coastline.  If you like clean sand, lots of sun and affordable places to stay, the OBX is a smart choice for a family vacation.  There are four islands you can drive to, all within a half day drive from millions of Americans, and with gas prices holding, you can really save more of your extra dollars for fun stuff when you get here. 

Parking is free, and there’s lots of it. You spend less time in the car and more at the beach.  Spend some time on our website outerbanks.org and you’ll find great summer specials and cool vacation homes for friend and family get-togethers or hotels right on the ocean to make it easy to enjoy.  But the real value of the Outer Banks comes in the experience.  You can climb the tallest lighthouse in the country or run free along the biggest sand dunes on the East Coast.  Take a family field trip to the place where the Wright Brothers flew the first plane or see America’s longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.  Take a fishing trip you’ll never forget.

To learn more, log onto the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau website www.outerbanks.org or speak to one of our information specialists toll free at 877-629-4386.

Shag OBX Weekend, May 7-9, 2010. Manteo, NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Contacts:    Charles Gill, Chair                         Kristi Stallings, Sponsorship Coordinator

                   OBX SHAG                                   OBX SHAG

                   seapadre@charter.net                     krististallings@charter.net

Shag OBX Weekend, May 7-9, 2010

Award-winning instructors, DJ and live music this Mother’s Day weekend

MANTEO, North Carolina (March 30, 2010) – A brand new event for beach music fans on the East Coast is coming to the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Shag OBX will be held May 7-9, 2010 this Mother’s Day Weekend in Manteo at the Pirate’s Cove Pavilion which makes for a perfect bite-size getaway.  Sponsored by the Community Care Clinic of Dare, you can enjoy dance lessons from nationally recognized instructors Sam and Lisa West, shag to live music from Jim Quick and Coastline or spin to all your favorites with DJ’s Ed Timberlake and David Jones on the waterfront. 

“Our SHAG stands for Support Healthcare Access for Good living,” explains Charles Gill, Chair of the event and Community Care Clinic of Dare (CCCD) Board member.  “We are taking the lead step in caring for the health of uninsured and underinsured workers on the OBX, offering free clinics for those who live and work in Dare. Shagging is the North Carolina state dance and has origins here on the Outer Banks, which is a natural fit for promoting and supporting healthy living on the beach.”

Last year, 235 new patients registered for Community Care Clinic services, with almost 1,200 patient visits with providers overall.  More than 1,300 free long term prescriptions were dispensed and 1,200 short term prescriptions were written, many of which were free.  First opening its doors in May 2005, the CCCD has three locations providing service in Kitty Hawk, Manteo and Frisco.  To inquire about patient eligibility, please call 261-3041.

“For the upcoming event, you get to have a good time, get great exercise and meet wonderful people,” explains Sharon Jones, whose Outer Banks Shag Club is helping organize this inaugural event. “My husband and I have been involved in the Shag Community for 20 years and one thing that really has impressed us both is the love and caring for one another.  All shag clubs are very community oriented and help whenever needed.  This makes being involved with such a great group of folks even more rewarding.” 

To check out the full list of events and reserve your tickets, go online at www.shagobx.com

Sam and Lisa West, shag instructors

Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
One Visitors Center Circle, Manteo, NC 27954
 252.473.2138  252.473.2138 877.629.4386  877.629.4386 • 252.473.5777(fax)

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Outer Banks CVB Launches Social Media Squad, January2010

Outer Banks CVB Launches Social Media Squad

Visitors Bureau Searches Online Fanbase For Prolific Posters To Serve As Event Press

(Manteo, NC) January 27, 2010  The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is launching a new social media initiative to help promote the Outer Banks Restaurant Associations signature spring festival, OBX Taste of the Beach, March 11-14.  In an effort to tap into the power of ubiquitous social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, where the organization has a considerable online following, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is providing free accommodations and event tickets to five regular people with the passion for posting, who would serve as a sort of social media press corps.  To be considered, join the Bureaus official facebook site, and share why youd be perfect to help tell the virtual world what OBX Taste of the Beach is all about.  Instructions are posted at www.facebook.com/theouterbanks.

The passion that our Facebook fans have for the destination just blows us away, explains Lee Nettles, Managing Director of the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.  Who better to spread the word about Taste of the Beach and show whats going on during the this four day seafood and wine festival than actual visitors?  Were hoping to bring together a diverse group, what were calling the OBX Event Squad, to share first-hand experiences with their audiences and introduce the Outer Banks and our events to a lot of new folks.

The OBX Event Squad will likely be utilized at other major events on the Outer Banks of North Carolina this year, and would be made up of different people each time.  To see a complete list of culinary events available for the Taste of the Beach festival, including cooking classes, tapas crawls, wine tastings, and special menus at locally owned, original restaurants visit www.obxtasteofthebeach.com or for a list of other events happening on the Outer Banks, visit www.outerbanks.org.

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010

Winter Holiday News 2009-2010
November 16, 2009 — Wanderlusts who are yearning to get away during the upcoming
holidays should look no further and book a trip to one of the many sun or ski destinations
below to ring in the festive season. With special holiday deals and offerings from
Saint Lucia to Switzerland to Jackson Hole and Salt Lake City, travelers have enough
reasons to get away this winter and create lasting memories with family and loved
ones into the New Year.
Saint Lucia

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Cap, the resort’s signature restaurant featuring breathtaking panoramic views of
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between Castries and Rodney Bay on the northwest side of Saint Lucia, East Winds
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the most pristine, golden sand beaches on the island. The resort recently debuted
a new Open-Air 3,000 square foot Yoga and Fitness Pavilion this winter. All-inclusive
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with a classic Christmas Dinner at the acclaimed Dasheene Restaurant, evening entertainment
performances including local carolers and live bands, the option to attend Christmas
Day Mass at Fond St. Jacques Catholic Church, a cocktail reception with General
Manager Waddy Francis, and festive libations and meals at one of the Caribbean’s
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person where revelers can enjoy a live band, dancers, party favors and celebratory
midnight countdown to ring in the New Year. Reservations are required in advance
 for the New Years Eve Gala. Dress code is smart casual. Holiday winter rates begin
at $680 in a Petit Piton Suite with a plunge pool (from December 21, 2009 to January
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including warm volcanic mineral water bath, gym, beach shuttles, snorkeling equipment
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Virgin Gorda

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to think about the holidays in 2010, since the 2009 holiday season is already booked
due to high demand. From the clear, calm, shallow waters that are made for young
 swimmers to its safe and sandy beach just steps that’s perfect for sand castles,
the three villas that overlook the Sir Francis Drake Channel offer comfort, adventure
and luxury. With 8,000 square feet of private living space, five guest rooms, including
three Master Suites each with its own expansive marble bath area, the villas are
 purposely built for large, multi-generational gatherings and comfortably sleep
up to 12 guests. www.villaaquamare.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn25LZ_FI-hts2w3gj682yfPbSeC3VJ9WTv-0HypvgddrXJekAVNEyHuC-SDxawsl82Y0i7K8vjhKalb-Z1UPvswxxx8vzdUJ8dp8BLdXcwzPw==]
Switzerland

* Lake Geneva Region of Switzerland [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn246HoDWo0cmvteh9AR13vZQNUXysUOtpM2WYz-tNRL-6tLhvrT1br_uF9Kdt8BgaZETaG0-nhXhIsUEnvLyk1C8L_ZnVSqklYKvUXPzxZpuw3-543rNKuHpqNcqAIurq0=],
located on the shore of Lac Léman (Lake Montreux Xmas [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn33zC7D-a40lkIGHq_bK8tiD3UeaV_ypCuk89ro3EHcOEfQkbpsu5EUH6E3-qfZ11lLDQzuTaFGO3sWHU9Z8T-icS_v407TIgUN_yb-d-wfJA==]Geneva)
in the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland, will feature their annual Christmas
Markets in Montreux and Lausanne from November 25 to December 24, 2009. Both cities
will be transformed into an enchanting holiday fair with over 100 richly decorated
stands resembling small chalets. In addition to the wide selection of holiday crafts
and gifts, the Markets feature classic Swiss cuisine, including roasted chestnuts
and light white wines from the Lavaux vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage site. www.montreux-vevey.com
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming

* Hotel Terra [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn0zxPnh0Q8A7UZOdWH41pffvAL56xFZSkRPasNPfUsHjzfQatGz8JeBxnoEJ0bhvlALcnhyQz_TWRu16BrW1TG5XxD2ABaOgqmUG6XlcqsQozSTtwTZQvHn],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond LEED Certified hotel, is offering a Ski & Stay Free
Special [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3tZs5UT_ahBXnKeibD1wvCHIoXIe5Q0gGtvKm_6mRZtiAGvs2Sfcx0MoKri9rQgONUdKuZoeYIJMMz0RoVRO0xT5E3L–TBGPFzFutLZdL55GEppOC3_34xd2PS3o4FynIp0F3jnilwpnP0f3VY7uku8FqPJRcZghX2_MYtCJG3g==]
for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Hotel Terra. There is a four night minimum
stay. Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Hotel Terra opened in February
2008, landing a spot on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” and Travel + Leisure’s
“It List” shortly thereafter. The hotel was also named one of the Top Ten Eco-Hotels
by TripAdvisor’s customer reviews. Located slope side to the Jackson Hole Mountain
Resort, just a mile from Grand Teton National Park and just an hour from Yellowstone,
Hotel Terra is ideally situated to bring something new to the luxury mountain lodge
category. Holiday winter rates start at $289 at double occupancy, depending on dates.
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* Teton Mountain Lodge [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn38kCwrk4Ylgh9rek-9u3P-J3Rbk3sz5FqVRQF7mEE5hHGR8x-f96r7M2gejl8cGuzymlpo9t7TKOV3gOT8tzkBOSMrW3DLlQ-Wkmy37yJk4w==],
Jackson Hole’s AAA Four-Diamond hotel located at the TML Winter [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn3AJ00exxHuUrvMHsWlOfWpKyYMy9NoTCaxailyxwVrIH7CW7s8qINjCCfrGDCSureZp03t1xDQxWMV1whep7uZWvo11n8PoYPni198m2bPgA==]entrance
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for the holiday season. Available at only $99 per person, per night, the offer provides
a complimentary lift ticket and a stay at Teton Mountain Lodge. Couples or families
can capture the true spirit of the festive holidays with the luxury lodge, located
only steps from legendary Jackson Hole skiing. There is a four night minimum stay.
Full, non-refundable pre-payment is required. Holiday winter rates start at $289
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Salt Lake City

* Salt Lake City [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn1G_i16EGoOW8aFInC1h6mpqzGHWzgyo9KsePmLJi_0wC3pm5Xl4EaM-vcNEUxbrG4eE58wyGOEDOOS69qbA7OZRFbVdbr3Z5yHJ5P77gNpyQ==]will
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to 31, 2009. Presented by the Downtown Alliance
and hosted in venues throughout downtown Salt
Lake City, tens of thousands of visitors and locals
will gather for EVE, an indoor/outdoor urban extravaganza, complete with live
entertainment and performing arts, winter sports, activities for kids and
families and a festive midnight fireworks show. Over half of Utah’s out-of-state
 visitors opt for staying in Salt Lake, and with good reason. Located just 30 minutes
from SLC International Airport with over 750 daily flights from most major domestic
gateways, the downtown area provides guests with the best of all worlds. Using Salt
Lake as their “base camp,” visitors are less than an hour drive from 11 of Utah’s
14 world-class ski resorts. www.eveslc.com [http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102825395981&s=8349&e=001vDD7XRlqsn2LvNsOhvJmhnZFQJ7G87hS8f8TUVEhQJlc0rqcoCq7eRZQSXLaROqXakgCVKdy6Lb0VbMWmKZ3h0W47gFJw6-2rz1tgQYeDNbNzckg2IP_-Q==]