Archive for May, 2011

Are you concerned about gas prices this summer and thinking about all the things you won't be able to do? Fortunately for those on a tight budget the Warren County Farmers' Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival offers affordable family fun for an entire day. This is one event where you can get a lot of mileage out of your admission price of between $4 and $6 per person.

After parking your car (for free) and paying your admission of $6 or less, you can start your trip around the fairgrounds. Be sure to grab a Roadmap/ Schedule of Events at the gate.

The Fair traditionally kicks off with the Open Horse Show. Throughout the week there are a few main arena events that are free of charge. Lawnmower races on Sunday, ATV Mud Bog on Saturday and the Hay Bale Rolling Contest on Thursday are free to fairgoers. On Sunday also be sure to catch 'Dirt Track Heroes' – racecars, memorabilia and racing stories from the days of dirt tracks in New Jersey, presented by the Harmony Speedway Historical Society.

The Fair is most magical for small children and youth. If you are a member of the 4-H or FFA (Future Farmers of America) the Fair is a place where you can show off projects you worked on throughout the year. The Fair also gives these youth an opportunity to hone their communication skills. On your trip around the Fairgrounds don't miss the following stops – the 4-H and FFA buildings – to check out the incredible work these students deliver! When you are done in the FFA building check out the animal barns that are to the left of the building.

Beyond the FFA and livestock buildings is the Horse Ring. Each day you may watch a different horse show, from Western and English competitions to a dressage and even a jousting demo.

If you have real little ones you will want to begin to work your way to the south end of the fairgrounds. The Zerbini Circus will move in on Sunday and do 2 free shows daily, Monday through Saturday. The Circus is located right next to the Kids' Corral, where EVERYTHING is free of charge for children attending the Fair. There is craft making, environmental education workshops, healthy eating and snack making demonstrations, and a hand full of contests like pie eating, mini hay bale rolling and Fear Factor Veggie Style where we make your kids eat vegetables.

For those that have an appreciation for the old fashioned, on either side of the Kids' Corral and Circus area you will find the Traditional Arts Building and the Home & Garden Building. Catch demonstrations of lost arts like lace making, weaving and quilting in the Traditional Arts Building. The Home & Garden Building is full of everything from hand made crafts and fine arts to photography and bounty from people's gardens.

Refueling at the Fair
After spending a few hours at the County Fair you will most likely have to refuel. A few of the refueling stations include the Grange and Lions Club food stands. You will be surprised that you can even refuel for $6 or less. The selections include roasted corn, pulled pork, taco salads, and homemade fruit pies – about 15 flavors to chose from and a la mode if you wish.
You may also wish to support the 4-H milk booth. Proceeds from sales of ice cream, milk and other beverages go to the Warren County 4-H Teen Council's TRAIL – Teen Russian/American International Leadership – program. Through the T.R.A.I.L. program, American teens travel with 4-H staff to teach English using adventure activities during a two-week overnight summer camp. Camps are located in various locations in Russia.
After dinner you will want to head over to the Hot Air Balloon Launch field where you can enjoy the Balloon Festival, all included in your original admission! That's right, the Warren County Farmers' Fair featuring the Hot Air Balloon Festival is the ultimate twofer. You not only can enjoy the Fair and all the charm and free fun it offers, but you can also experience a bevy of hot air balloons launch from green pasture to blue sky! Weather permitting, the balloon festival mass launches each evening include up to 40 hot air balloon. Among the balloons you will see Airhead Invader, the special shape green monster hot air balloon. The balloons also compete during the week in the usual 'Hare and Hound Races,' and the unusual Bicycle Balloon Race, which is a fundraiser for a local charity.

From how far can you come on a tank of gas?
If your car gets 20 miles to the gallon and a full tank is 15 gallons, that's 300 miles. Divide by 2 and that is 150 miles each way. That means you can do two trips from New York City (about 60 miles), or two trips from Philadelphia (about 70 miles), or a trip from Atlantic City (about 130 miles), Harrisburg, PA (about 100 miles) or Dover, Delaware (about 140 miles.)

The Warren County Farmers' Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival runs from Sunday, July 31 to Saturday, August 6, 2011. Highlighted are some of the free things you can do that are included with your admission. Plan your trip accordingly to your interests. (A note: if you have never been to a balloon festival before, balloons are typically not inflated during the day, but in the evenings about 2 hours or so before sunset!) Supported in part by a grant from New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism. For information on Power Events in the Main arena, or booking a hot air balloon ride, and for a list of hours and other activities consult the websites: www.warrencountyfarmersfair.org or www.balloonfestnj.com.

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Paris in the springtime and early summer is magical, with flowers blooming, lush green parks, new events and the most enjoyable weather of the year! Paris Perfect, a vacation rental boutique specializing in luxury Paris apartments, has made a visit to Paris this time of year even more tempting with the announcement of a super sale on their luxury apartment rentals located in the heart of Paris.

Right now Paris Perfect is offering an amazing super sale on last minute stays in our vacation rentals in Paris, with offers up to 40% off the regular prices. This is a chance you won't want to miss to stay in a luxury apartment with outstanding views of Paris and fabulous locations. Availability is for select dates through June 15, 2011 and is extremely limited. Contact the Paris Perfect Reservations Team at 1-888-520-2087 or by email to take advantage of this last minute super sale!
To tempt travellers even more, Paris Perfect is currently offering a special 30% off sale on all of their luxury rental apartments in Paris for a limited time only. 30% off prices are offered on a first come, first served basis for a minimum stay of 7 nights or more, and includes all of the amenities Paris Perfect is known for, such as utilities and free high speed internet, luxury linens, fully-equipped kitchens, a welcome starter pack of amenities and a detailed neighborhood information guide so you'll feel like a local from the moment you arrive.
For travellers who really want to experience the authentic daily life in Paris, a stay in a Paris Perfect apartment is a fabulous choice. With apartments located only the most desirable neighborhoods, Paris Perfect's apartments are hand picked for that stellar mix of fine décor, unforgettable views of Paris and fabulous location surrounded by Parisian landmarks, boutiques, cafés and open air markets. With this super sale on select Paris Perfect luxury apartments, a vacation of lifetime in Paris just got a lot more affordable.
Nerissa Warner, Head of Reservations, emphasized the advantages of an apartment in Paris when she said, 'Compare these super sale prices for our luxury Paris vacation rentals to the cost of tiny, dark hotel room, where you'll spend a small fortune to eat out every day. Add to that free Wi-Fi, free phone calls to most locations throughout the world, air conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens, comfortable living rooms, unforgettable views and the best locations in Paris – and you'll be convinced! You'll feel right at home in our Paris vacation rentals and enjoy savoring life like a true Parisian.'

About Paris Perfect:
Paris Perfect is a vacation rental boutique offering exceptional apartments in the heart of Paris. Our goal is to help you discover the beauty of Paris and fall in love with its many charms. We want you to savor the joys of living like a Parisian and create unforgettable memories of your stay. Each of our properties is carefully handpicked to ensure they meet our impeccable standards of luxury and warmth, including outstanding locations in authentic Parisian neighborhoods. Our friendly and helpful team will guide you through your vacation planning process to help you choose the perfect apartment and enjoy a perfect stay in Paris.

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The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, has expanded its network to 64 countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa and announced the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel, Freetown in Sierra Leone. Formerly known as "Mammy Yoko Hotel", the property featuring 171 rooms will be re-branded in Q4 2011.

"We are delighted to enter a further country in West Africa – the region is one of our focus markets for future business development, and this hotel perfectly complements other current and upcoming projects in Dakar, Bamako, Lagos, Accra, and Abuja", said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor.

Sierra Leone continues to emerge from the aftermath of the civil war, democracy has been re-established in the country, and the IMF has completed a poverty reduction and growth facility program which has improved economic growth and reduced inflation levels. Stability has also led to a revival of key economic activities, such as mining.

The original Mammy Yoko Hotel was an operating hotel for around 30 years. Business was interrupted in 1997 as a result of the civil conflict and the building was heavily damaged. The property is undergoing a complete overhaul and it will re-emerge in late 2011 as the premier hotel for aid agencies, diplomats and business travellers. Besides 171 rooms, the hotel will comprise of a restaurant with outdoor terrace, several bars, and meeting rooms. An outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, duty free shopping and a gym will also be available.

The hotel's name derivates from Mammy Yoko, the "Queen of Senehun" who brought the whole Kpaa Mende region (now comprising 14 separate chiefdoms) under her control through coalitions, warfare and her alliance with the British. She established a famous Sande bush in Senehun where she trained girls from throughout the area. Queen Victoria of England presented Mammy Yoko with a medal for her loyalty.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 87,800 rooms in over 60 countries including hotels in Hamburg, hotels in Reykjavik, hotels in Rome and hotels in Copenhagen.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The Corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For further information please contact:
Christiane Reiter
Director Corporate Communications
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, announces its first ski resort in Ukraine: The Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel, which is scheduled to open in the winter season 2011/12 and adds 252 rooms to Rezidor's solid pipeline.

"We are delighted to have signed a further property in Ukraine which is together with Russia and the further CIS countries one of our key areas for future business development. And at the same time we are pleased to add a new resort to our growing portfolio of contemporary and stylish mountain- and beach resorts across Europe, Middle East and Africa", said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor.

Bukovel is the Ukraine's most modern ski resort. It is situated in the Carpathian Mountains and offers dramatic snow-capped peaks and untouched nature. Slopes are available for all categories of skiers, including Black Diamond-level. The ski season stretches from the beginning of December to mid-April. For non-skiers, Bukovel offers hot springs and mineral waters for both health and recreational purposes.

The Radisson Blu Resort, Bukovel will feature 252 rooms and a full complement of food and beverages, including several restaurants, a lobby bar, a cigar lounge, and a night club. To attract conferences and events, 1,400 m2 of meeting space is planned including a ballroom. Leisure facilities will include a kids club, a game room, and retail shops. Finally, for recuperation after a long-day of skiing, there will be a 2,000 m2 spa & wellness complex with an indoor pool, steam rooms, saunas, fitness and treatment rooms.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 87,800 rooms in over 60 countries, including hotels in Stockholm, hotels in Vienna, hotels in Cape Town and hotels in Antwerp.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

For further information please contact:
Christiane Reiter
Director Corporate Communications
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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The Frogmill Hotel provides the perfect pairing of countryside relaxation in the Cotswolds with the spa town bustle of Cheltenham.

This boutique hotel has recently been refurbished to fully highlight its luxurious features, which include 32 cosy bedrooms, a restaurant with 40 covers, lounges with roaring log fires and even rooms which welcome pets. There is also a vast hall for weddings and banqueting for up to 200 people, behind the old waterwheel.

If food and drink are your favourite parts of taking a break, you'll be pleased to hear that Adam's Pantry is open all day, serving high-quality country classics in the dining room, lounge and garden. You can also while away the afternoon with a cream tea or spend the evening in the intimate bar area.

Rain or shine, it is impossible not to delight in the stunning rural features of this romantic hotel, which perfectly complement its Cotswolds location, including a beautiful garden complete with its own stream.

A more active lifestyle is easy to pursue with walks across the surrounding rolling hills, pay-and-play golf facilities on the doorstep and a full range of traditional rural activities to enjoy.

Oliver Cooke, General Manager of The Frogmill Hotel, said: 'When you fancy a spot of shopping or culture, Cheltenham is only six miles away, boasting several shopping centres and department stores.

'Just eight miles away from The Frogmill Hotel is the historic Cheltenham Racecourse, home to the annual Cheltenham Gold Cup and four-day Cheltenham Festival. It is situated on Cleeve Hill, the highest point in the Cotswolds, with breathtaking views towards Wales.'

The Cotswolds hills have long been designated as an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty by Natural England (formerly the Countryside Agency) and are chiefly situated in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, but also spill over into Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

The Frogmill Hotel is a superb choice for families and business trips and fully embodies Bespoke Hotels' philosophy of individuality and quality.

ENDS

For further information contact Louise Swanne
Email: Louise.Swanne@bespokehotels.com
Website: http://www.bespokehotels.com/

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Thistle hotels has succeeded in striking gold by receiving five accolades at The Scottish Hotel Awards 2011. The prestigious ceremony, dubbed 'The Scottish Hotel Oscars', was held in Thistle Glasgow's ornate Grand Ballroom, which proved to be the perfect setting for the evening as it was awarded the prize of Function Venue of the Year.

It was an extremely successful night for Thistle, as its Aberdeen Altens hotel won a gold medal in the Business Performance Award, while Thistle Aberdeen Airport scooped the Events and Parties Award in the medium venue category. The awards tally didn't stop there for Thistle's Aberdeen properties, as individual gold medals were also awarded in the manager category to Alison Christie from Aberdeen Airport and Stephen Gow from Aberdeen Altens.

The Scottish Hotel Awards event is held annually, not only to celebrate and encourage excellence in the hotel industry but also to raise funds for Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland. Each year, the judging panel of the awards receive thousands of nominations from both industry professionals and members of the public, and all honours are independently researched ahead of the big night.

Ewing Stewart, Thistle's regional operations director for Scotland Hotels said: "I'm absolutely thrilled with the success of our Scottish team, not just for the group and individual awards won but also for the fantastic effort made to host the ceremony. It was an enjoyable evening held in the best of spirits and we were very pleased to be able to support both the awards team and HIT Scotland. I'm extremely proud of all our winners and would like to congratulate everyone involved."

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About Thistle Hotels:
Thistle Hotels is part of Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited which operates hotels throughout the UK. Thistle has 33 hotels across the country, many in superb city centre locations, including eleven in central London. With a selection of restaurants and a choice of excellent health and leisure facilities, Thistle has something to offer everyone.

Thistle Hotels is the first hotel group to achieve Hospitality Assured accreditation, across its entire UK portfolio. Created by the Institute of Hospitality, the Hospitality Assured standard measures the quality within customer facing businesses across the hospitality, tourism and leisure industry.

For further press information please contact
Kymberley Hill
Thistle press office
Red Consultancy
41-44 Great Windmill Street
Soho
London
W1D 7NF
020 7025 6664
www.thistle.com

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Pure Adventures gives visitors the opportunity to explore Iceland on their own terms and in their own time. It also offers a wide selection of cars that suits the needs of both the business traveller and a family visiting Iceland. Its rental cars range from the small and nifty Toyota Aygo and the economic Skoda Fabia to its ready and willing 4 x 4 cars like the Suzuki Vitara and the always reliable Toyota Land Cruiser.

Hiring a car from Pure Adventures couldn't be more simple, just go to its website and within a few easy steps, a superb car will be ready for an unbeatable prices. The car hire company also offers a free drop off and pick up service from Keflavik International Airport, as well as in the Reykjavik area for a limited period.

The car rental company in Iceland can also arrange the perfect self drive packages to discover Iceland. It provides everything from a leisurely drive around South Iceland, round tours around Iceland ranging from a compact 6 days tour to a 13 day tour with stops at all the interesting places, up to a full blown South Iceland Safari in a real converted and rugged safari vehicle. Take in the unique landscape and the exciting nature that Iceland has to offer.

During the adventurous Highland Safari tour, participants use Land Cruiser 70 safari version which are especially designed for demanding terrain. With these vehicles participants discover glaciers, desserts and lava fields but also other main attractions in Iceland, like National Park Thingvellir, the Geysir area and Gullfoss waterfall.

To find out more about renting a car in Iceland, visit carrentaliniceland.com.

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The Rezidor Hotel Group, one of the fastest growing hotel companies worldwide, adds a further Park Inn flagship to its UK-portfolio and announces the Park Inn London Wembley. The 235 rooms-property is scheduled to welcome the first guests in Q2 2012.

"Park Inn is one of our core brands and is currently being refreshed – we promote Park Inn's new look and feel with a huge marketing campaign across the UK. The signing of Park Inn London Wembley comes at a perfect time and will further strengthen our brand awareness in the capital city and the country", said Kurt Ritter, president & CEO of Rezidor.

Park Inn London Wembley will be a mid-market hotel located 6 km away from central London on Olympic Way, a pedestrian zone leading to the main entrance of Wembley Stadium (300m). The stadium has been a home to English football since 1923, was fully reconstructed in 2007 and is today the country's leading venue for sports, music and entertainment. With a capacity of 90,000 it will host the soccer matches during the 2012 Olympics.

Also nearby is Wembley Arena, which has hosted musical greats including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, The Who and Madonna. Wembley is a rapidly-growing part of London, with the massive Wembley City development under construction. Wembley City will offer a mix of offices, restaurants, bars, a multiplex cinema, state-of-the-art leisure facilities, public squares, student accommodation and luxury apartments.

Besides 235 modern and comfortable guest rooms, Park Inn London Wembley will offer 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 300m2 of meeting facilities, and a gym. Construction has commenced with opening scheduled for mid 2012 before the Olympic Games.

About The Rezidor Hotel Group:
The Rezidor Hotel Group is one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the world. The group features a portfolio of more than 400 hotels in operation and under development with 87,800 rooms in over 60 countries including London airport hotels, Bristol hotels, Cardiff hotels and hotels in Birmingham city centre.

Rezidor operates the brands Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inns & Suites in Europe, Middle East and Africa, along with the Club Carlson loyalty programme for frequent hotel guests. Under a worldwide licence agreement with the iconic Italian fashion house Missoni, Rezidor also operates and develops the new lifestyle brand Hotel Missoni.

In November 2006, Rezidor was listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. Carlson, a privately held, global hospitality and travel company, based in Minneapolis (USA), is the majority shareholder.

The Corporate office of the Rezidor Hotel Group is based in Brussels, Belgium.

For further information please contact:
Christiane Reiter
Director Corporate Communications
The Rezidor Hotel Group
Avenue Du Bourget 44
B-1130 Brüssel
Belgien
+32 2 702 9331
www.radissonblu.com

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New blog on crime novelist Patricia Bellomo's website offers free entertainment and a glimpse into the world of her main character, mobster Louie Morelli.

(PRWeb May 31, 2011)

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