Celtic Colours International Festival Announces Line-up for 2011

The line-up for 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival was announced on Monday and organizers are excited about what’s in store for their 15th Anniversary.

Celtic Colours will be exploring our Cajun and Appalachian connections in 2011 with this year’s Artists in Residence: songwriter Ron Bourgeois from Cheticamp and Old Time Appalachian fiddler and singer Bruce Molsky from the US.

“We’ll be getting to know more about our Celtic cousins to the South as we broaden our understanding of the roots and branches of Celtic traditional music,” Joella Foulds says, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “An emphasis on song this year will help tell the story of the connections and how they came to be.”

Cape Breton’s Celtic Colours opens October 7 with a concert in Port Hawkesbury called “Distant Sons and Daughters” and closes October 15 with a concert featuring the Barra MacNeils and guests from throughout the festival in “The Barra MacNeils’ Celtic Roots and Branches” at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney.

This closing concert is one of a couple of special projects being featured at Celtic Colours this year. The October 12 concert “Women of Song” will bring together eight outstanding women singers from Scottish, Appalachian, Acadian, Gaelic and Cape Breton traditions and the October 13 concert “My Old True Love: The Songs that Bind”, will explore the shared Scottish/Appalachian history through an intimate song circle. The Acadian roots of Cajun music will be celebrated in the Acadian communities of D’Escousse and Cheticamp, and of course there will be plenty of Gaelic songs and Irish tunes throughout the Festival.

Along with the usual shows dedicated to Celtic music featuring Cape Breton fiddlers, piping, guitar, piano, Gaelic song and dancing, concerts will also celebrate the contribution of legendary Cape Breton composer Dan R. MacDonald, and pay tribute to Alice Freeman for hosting ceilidhs in Inverness for over 20 years.

Festival organizers are very excited to welcome the Black Family from Ireland for the first time including sister Mary Black, BeauSoliel avec Michael Doucet from Louisiana, dancer Nic Gareiss, and Appalachian singer and banjo-player Sheila Kay Adams.

Popular performers from past festivals visiting this year include Blazin’ Fiddles, Dougie MacLean, Karine Polwart, Archie Fisher, Ron Hynes, James Keelaghan, Cathy Ann MacPhee, and Anna Massie. Returning from last year are Old Man Luedecke, Tim Edey, Lewis MacKinnon, Niamh Ní Charra, and the MacKenzie Brothers.

Artists new to the Festival this year include Ireland’s Alan Kelly Quartet, the April Verch Trio from the Ottawa Valley, Scottish Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes, and Cape Breton’s own bluegrass legends in the making Crowdis Bridge.

And of course, no Celtic Colours would be complete with our very own favourites like Ashley MacIsaac, J.P. Cormier and the Elliot Brothers, Mary Jane Lamond, Wendy MacIsaac, Carl MacKenzie, Winnie Chafe, Howie MacDonald, Brenda Stubbert, Doug MacPhee, Dave MacIsaac, the Colin Grant Band, Glenn Graham, Rodney MacDonald, Marc Boudreau, Douglas Cameron, Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, Dwayne Cote, Troy MacGillivray and Kimberley Fraser.

As usual, Celtic Colours will present a full complement of Cultural Experiences in communities all around Cape Breton Island and the nightly Festival Club at the Gaelic College in St. Ann’s.

Tickets for Celtic Colours International Festival go on sale July 11, 2011. They can be purchased at the Festival Box Office, located at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, online, or by phone—567-3000 (local) or 1-888-355-7744 (toll free). For the complete lineup of Celtic Colours, to view video highlights from 2010, or purchase tickets, visit http://www.celtic-colours.com.

About Celtic Colours

For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island hosts a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Since its 1997 debut, Celtic Colours has become one of Canada’s premiere musical events, and a cultural highlight of Nova Scotia’s tourism season, collecting accolades from regional music awards to national and international tourism awards.

The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

The Flairs Announce Shut Up and Drive & North American Tour

(PRWEB) April 15, 2006

After creating a buzz with their 2004 debut EP, The Flairs are ready to rock the world with the new full length CD Shut Up and Drive. The first single and video is a spin on Skid Row’s “18 & Life” which will hit rock radio this month, with the CD being released May 16th in Canada (Pacific Music/Warner) and June 13th in the U.S (Burnside). Hard-working as ever, The Flairs are preparing for their intensive cross Canada and US tours which kick off in Vancouver May 19th.

After virtually growing up in Tuuli and opening for bands such as The Donnas, Disturbed and Rock legends Cheap Trick, Dawn Mandarino (vocals and guitar) and Jen Foster (drums and vocals) decided to form their own band. The Flairs story started in the summer of 2002 when Dawn and Jen met Bif Naked’s guitar slinger, Gillian Hanna (lead guitar and vocals) as they played North American outdoor festivals and concerts. All three found the common ground and added Gillian’s brother Ryan Hanna (bass) to the trio and the band was officially born.

The Flairs attribute their unique sound to their individual influences; Dawn’s love for the Ramones, Jen’s ska-influenced punk in the vein of the Dance Hall Crashers, and Hanna’s passion for heavy guitar rock groups like Metallica and Guns ‘N Roses. Those influences go hand in hand with the bands that initially sparked their imagination like Veruca Salt, Nirvana, Garbage and Stone Temple Pilots. In the mix, they have created a sound they can call their own.

The Flairs constantly tour across North America appearing at festivals such as NXNE, Canadian Music Week, New Music West, Seattle’s ROCKRGRL Conference and L.A.’s International Pop Overthrow. They have shared the stage with David Lee Roth, Vanilla Ice and Robin Black. Two videos from their 2004 EP “Ready to Roll” and “Falling into Pieces” were played on MuchMusic on a regular basis.

The Flairs are also about to shoot a video for their second single off the album “Sorry 4 Lovin’ You” to be released during the 2006 summer tour. The Flairs are a forceful live act that continues to expand their already rabid-fan base with passion and drawing power. http://www.theflairs.com http://www.myspace.com/theflairs.com

2006 Tour Dates

Canada: (more tbc)

May 13th         The Azure – Vancouver, BC

May 19th         Lamplighter – Vancouver. BC

May 26th         Underground, Calgary. AB

May 27th         Velvet Underground, Edmonton, AB

May 28th         Drake Inn, Canmore, AB

May 29th         Wild Bills, Banff, AB

May 30th         Tongue ‘n’ Groove, Lethbridge, AB

May 31st         Distrikt, Regina, SK

June 1st             Roxy, Saskatoon, SK

June 2nd            Zoo, Winnipeg, MB

June 3rd            Kilroy’s, Thunder Bay, ON

June 6th            Foundation, Barrie, ON

June 17th         Zaphod’s, Ottawa, ON

June 23rd         Phog Lounge, Windsor, ON

June 24th         Call The Office, London, ON

U.S. Dates: (more tbc)

June 26th         Shadow Lounge, Pittsburgh, PA

June 28th         The Loft, York, PA

June 29th         Dragonfly, Harrisburg, PA

July 11th         Swayze’s, Atlanta, GA

July 21st         Headhunters Club, Austin, TX

July 25th         Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Albuquerque, NM

July 27th         Dive Bar, Las Vegas, NV

July 28th         Kiss or Kill Club, Los Angeles, CA

July 29th         The Anarchy Library, Downey, CA

July 30th         Zombie Lounge, San Diego, CA

July 31st         Cat Club, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 5th            G Street Pub, Sacramento, CA

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Rise Ashen’s New Album Release, Earth Dragon on FossilFuel Records

Rise Ashen’s New Album Release, Earth Dragon on FossilFuel Records

(PRWEB) March 7, 2003

Rise Ashen’s new album, earth dragon, will be released on Thursday March 13, 2003 at Bar 56-The Collection 56 Byward Market in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and mondomedeusah will be there to feel the groove!! The show will feature Blissom and Rise Ashen on decks and Juan Carlos Noria on Canvas.

Releases are planned for Toronto, Canada on March 26 with Denise Benson at Glide (that show will also feature Blissom and Rise Ashen), and for April 3 at Therapy with Jojo Flores in Montreal, Canada…sounds like a good one!!

Grammy award winner Roger Sanchez just licensed Rise Ashen’s “Second Wind” for his new mixed CD. You can check out Blissom’s remix of Rise Ashen’s torn on Glücklich 5. If you haven’t bought the new Rise Ashen single on Bombay Records, it features a new club mix and a dub by Miguel Graca and Pat Dream.

Check out the Rise Ashen and Trevor Walker mix of Jaeson Lee’s “Cirque West” track on Sunburn Records, and on Afroart, the dancefloor killer Batucada Ostinata by Ashen and Walker.

Blissom, Rise Ashen and Trevor Walker

have been in the studio producing what is bound to be the most out-there jazz-dance album on the Fossilfuel Label to date. Crazier than a bunch of loons in the studio, rumor has it the trio are going to call themselves B.A.W. (not to be confused with that other acronym from NYC

FossilFuel Recordings http://www.fossilfuel.ca

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Toronto residents have a new hang out on the web.

Toronto residents have a new hang out on the web.

(PRWEB) July 25, 2003

Are you one of those hundreds of thousands of Canadians that love a good discussion on the ‘net? If so, you probably want to check out the recently opened website: http://www.talktoronto.com Topics for everyone in Toronto, and from the rest of Canada as well.

“We’re new to the scene, so we’re trying to motivate people to become active on our site. We offer free new release movie rentals each time you hit 100 posts” says Derek Malloy who opened the site.

“And that’s all out of pocket, I just want people to come to the site and have a good time”.

Although the site is geared to individuals 18 and over, the online community is free, and all are welcome.

“We started off just aiming at folks from Toronto, but we’ve added areas for everyone in Canada to speak their mind if they choose”

Derek is referring to topic rooms created with names like:

Oral in Ottawa, Windy in Winnipeg, Roaring in Regina, and Vocal in Victoria.

“We’re hoping to expand the service and purpose of the site very soon, with weather information, lottery results, news feeds and horoscopes” he adds.

So if you’re a message board lover, and discussions about news, dance clubs, nightlife, and other Toronto events get you excited, you’ll want to swing by http://www.talktoronto.com

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The Love Movement Episode 2: Mondo Rooftop Party Featuring DJ Trevor Walker

The Love Movement Episode 2: Mondo Rooftop Party Featuring DJ Trevor Walker

(PRWEB) August 10, 2005

Back by popular demand, The Love Movement Series is back. Episode 2 will be located at The Stout Brothers Pub in Ottawa, Canada 1344 Bank Street. The Mondo Rooftop Party will feature the sounds of DJ TREVOR WALKER of LifeBoogie with his diverse blend of Afro Brazilian/Cuban/Latin, Classic House, Deep House grooves, funk, soul and breaks.

First Draw: This year we will be giving away a trip for 2 to CUBA courtesy of PartyBusTravel.com All you have to do to enter is Purchase your tickets online to The Love Movement Episode II – Mondo Rooftop Party, it’s that simple! Once you secure your spot in our ballot you can dance with us under a cherry moon to the deep sounds of DJ Trevor Walker: LifeBoogie! (CKCU 93.1 FM – The Undergrove Show Wed. 12-2am).

Second Draw: With every online ticket purchase and ballot entry at the party, you will be entered into our draw to win the new Xbox 360 courtesy mondomedeusah software consulting. Release date: November 2005. The winners will be announced on December 31, 2005.

More prizes includes travel discounts to Montreal, Toronto, New York City and other travel destinations. Get away this winter and head to the warm, white sands of Cuba on us! While staying in Cuba, you will party at some of the hottest clubs, beach parties and rooftop parties under the hot sun! You can be that lucky winner at the mondomedeusah Love Movement 2 – Mondo Rooftop Party!

main event: Witness the live nude art fashion shoot of “SKIN” as Trevor Walker keeps the heat on the dance floor! YOU, the audience will be the backdrop to this exotic nude art fashion live photo shoot which will debut in mondomedeusah New York. This type of spread has never been done by any fashion house or online media shop anywhere! Come to the Mondo Rooftop Party, join us and make history with mondomedeusah creative. We’ve covered such events as The New York City Fashion week, L.A Fashion Week, The Canadian Juno Music Awards, but The Love Movement Episode II Mondo Rooftop Party will be an event that you won’t want to miss as we cap off the summer in style!

appetizers: LOVE visuals by ~Mental Ejaculation~

exotic body painting

desert: Exotic Body Shots

Tickets: $ 20 / door opens at 8pm until 3am

bring your bongos, whistles and your stamina!

Upper deck indoor(rain)

Upper deck indoor and patio(shine)

There is no guest list for this event.

U.S residents book your Long Weekend in Canada at The Love Movement Episode II – Mondo Rooftop Party. Hotel and flight packages available. Call us today: 1-888-339-4695 to book your package.

Party at some of the hottest beach parties, rooftop parties and clubs in Cuba!


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Toronto Underground Hero

Toronto Underground Hero

Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 7, 2005

After dropping his UK label Referenda Records, SHIRTLIFTER went on to amaze fans passing 1,000,000 downloads of his music in every country in the wired world. SHIRTLIFTER continues to evolve as an artist by taking his fans on one of the most unique journeys with his sounds solely available via legal online downloads.

”SHIRTLIFTER comes up trumps with an intoxicating mix of house and melodic-driven club dance music. Turn it up, but make sure your speakers can cope!” A&R Magazine, USA

“You have a sound here, with a moving feel and funk that reeks of greatness.” Loren McDonald, Gods of Music, USA.

Celebrating his latest release, Fans In The City, his third album features ten unfamiliar and extraordinary takes on familiar genres of Electronic music and is released on his Authorized Recordings independent label (January 2005). SHIRTLIFTER certainly continues his tradition of making beautifully eclectic records. His style is comparable to FatBoy Slim, Daft Punk, or Moby, as SHIRTLIFTER perfectly intermixes Pop, House, Urban, Dance, and Lounge.

“…without physically selling records. It’s all about broadcast. Terrestrial and Internet,” says SHIRTLIFTER , founder of Authorized Recordings and JL Studios.

Across the Worldwide Web SHIRTLIFTER music became exposed through more than 300 music provider sites. StreamCast Networks, creators of Morpheus, launched an independent music promotion page titled MusicCity.com which initially featured eight selected artists, including SHIRTLIFTER . Across the universe of the Internet, tracks from SHIRTLIFTER ’s constantly expanding discography are being ranked on Top 10 Charts, such as Amazon and MP3.com.

Terrestrially, SHIRTLIFTER ’s music has been licensed to Music for Brands, Pump Audio, The Next Big Thing and Player’s Server. The track “Tear The Roof Off” was featured on Driven, produced in Britain for VH-1.The tracks “Sweet, Sweet Energy”, “Dance Psycho” and “Growler” have charted on CBC Galaxie Electronic’s Top 40. Meanwhile both “Turn My World Around” and “For Your Mind (Body & Soul)” have charted on the same network’s Galaxie Dance Top 40. SHIRTLIFTER music has been broadcast over the country’s air waves via CBC‘s Radio 2 and Radio Winnipeg and also on Global Groove Network’s Saturday Night’s Sessions.

Born in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, SHIRTLIFTER’s earliest musical experience was with four garbage cans in his parent’s garage. First influenced by electronic music with the invasion of electro-pop, disco and punk in the early 80’s, SHIRTLIFTER began creating House tracks as one half of Boy’s Life. By the late 90’s he had teamed up with the U.K.’s legendary DJ Paul Walker in pursuit of their mutual underground interests. SHIRTLIFTER has developed a unique sound, drawing inspiration from David Bowie, Duran Duran, Kraftwerk, Parliament and others.

”I went backwards according to Pop Musician’s Standards, ” SHIRTLIFTER adds, ” I was first a commercially successful artist, then my international clothing line paid for my studio.”

To listen to SHIRTLIFTER ’s music or for more information, please visit http://www.Shirtlifter.ca

Why your readers/audience would be interested:

*Toronto Musician Success Story

*Affects of legally downloaded music: Artists can win!

*Artist dumping a Record Label for profit

SHIRTLIFTER is available for interviews. More performances and higher resolution photos are available.


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A Cornucopia of Travel—Fall Getaways from Historic Hotels of America

A Cornucopia of Travel—Fall Getaways from Historic Hotels of America

(PRWEB) August 24, 2004

Enjoy fabulous fall getaways at participating National Trust Historic Hotels of America®

Fall is in the air. As the weather turns cooler and the leaves turn color, it’s the perfect time to enjoy a relaxing getaway to your favorite National Trust Historic Hotel of America. Take advantage of special packages and promotions, featuring romantic weekends, spa retreats, holiday specials and sporting packages at some classic American hotels. Packages are listed on the National Trust Web Site at http://www.historichotels.org and some can be booked through HHA at 800-678-8946(look for the icon). All offers are subject to availability and must be booked in advance. Unless specified, tax and gratuity are not included. Certain restrictions and blackout dates apply.


The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, Conn.


Girlfriend Getaway (ongoing)

For a relaxing antidote to today’s fast-paced lifestyle, enjoy a great “girlfriend getaway” at the Norwich Inn complete with guestroom, breakfast, two spa services, two fitness classes, morning walks, meditation, newspaper and use of spa facility. From $ 365 per night, single occupancy; $ 298 per person, per night, double occupancy.

Portland Regency Hotel, Portland, Maine


Old Port Getaway (ongoing)

Get away to the romance of the Old Port area and enjoy shopping, dining and pure relaxation. Deluxe accommodations include breakfast each morning. $ 149 per night, double occupancy, two-night minimum required.

Black Point Inn, Scarborough, Maine


Autumn on the Coast (Oct. 11 – Nov. 23, 2004)

Capture the peaceful beauty of autumn on the Maine coast. Walk on the beach, relax by a fire or watch the sun set on the veranda. Two nights’ deluxe accommodations, five-course dinner each evening, full breakfast each morning and afternoon tea daily. $ 500 per package, double occupancy.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Boston


Freedom Trail Discovery (thru Dec. 30, 2004)

Celebrate Boston’s rich history with a walk on the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile trek that encompasses sixteen historic sites, all significant in our country’s struggle for independence. Enjoy one night in a newly renovated guestroom, two audio guided tours of the Freedom Trail and a hearty breakfast for two. From $ 259 per package, double occupancy.

Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club,

Lenox, Mass.


Girlfriends Getaway (Sept. 7 – Oct. 31, 2004)

Relaxing at the spa, taking treatments and fitness classes is a great way to spend quality time together and catch up with dear friends. This two-night package includes the following for each person: Swedish massage or Clinical facial, 25-minute floral scrub, two fitness classes, a spa lunch and dinner at Sloane’s Tavern. $ 515 per person, double occupancy midweek. $ 565 per person, double occupancy on weekends.

The Porches Inn, North Adams, Mass.


Autumn Flight Package

(Sept. 13 – Oct. 31, 2004)

The two-night Autumn Flight package gives foliage fans the chance to survey the Berkshires from 4,000 feet, during a 20-minute flight aboard a six-seater Cessna 205. The private excursion departs from the local municipal airport and takes in Williamstown, Mt. Greylock and the Mohawk Trail. A hearty breakfast each morning and souvenir aerial photograph completes the package. $ 359 per package Sun. – Thurs., $ 469 per package on weekends. Based on double occupancy.

The Hawthorne Hotel, Salem, Mass.


Explorers Package (Sept. 6 – Nov. 30, 2004)

Enjoy a fall escape to the “walking city” of Salem. Explore the Peabody Essex Museum, one of America’s premier museums of international art and culture. Overnight accommodations, passes to the museum, $ 30 dining certificate for use in the Tavern or Nathaniel’s and souvenir Hawthorne mugs. $ 199 per couple, per night.

Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Mass.


September Escape Package (Sept. 6- 23, 2004)

Escape to the Berkshires after the summer crowds have left – and while the weather is ideal! The September Escape offers overnight lodging in a deluxe, antique-filled guest room, dinner in the Main Dining Room, Widow Bingham’s Tavern or in the courtyard and a full New England breakfast in the morning. $ 295 per couple, per night.

Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, N.H.


Fall in the White Mountains

(Sept. 6, 2004 – Nov. 23, 2004)

Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s majestic White Mountains, Mount Washington Resort offers a memorable vacation anytime of year. Experience the fall, known for its brilliant tapestry

of colors, courtesy of Mother Nature herself. $ 199 per night, based on double occupancy.

Wentworth By the Sea, New Castle, N.H.


Wentworth by the Sea History

(thru Nov. 23, 2004)

Rescued from the wrecking ball, this former National Trust “Most Endangered Site” is now preparing for the Centennial of the 1905 Treaty of Portsmouth.    Your historic stay includes luxury accommodations, dinner in the Wentworth Dining Room and a copy of J. Dennis Robinson’s history of the hotel. $ 179 per person, per night.

The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, N.Y.


Fall Foliage in the Adirondacks

(Sept. 7 – Oct. 9, 2004)

Enjoy the spectacular foliage of the Northeast at this private island resort with two nights’ lodging in the Lodges or the historic main hotel, shuttle service to Prospect Mountain, choice of a luncheon lake cruise on The Morgan or sightseeing train ride aboard the Upper Hudson River Railroad, cider and gingersnaps upon arrival and an optional champagne balloon flight over the Adirondack villages. From $ 314 per person, double occupancy, Mon. – Fri. Balloon flight is an additional $ 225 per person.

The Otesaga, Cooperstown, N.Y.


Glimmerglass Romance Package

(Sept. 1 – Nov. 28, 2004)

The Otesaga offers guests the chance to rekindle the spark while enjoying the fabulous foliage around Lake Otesaga, nicknamed the “Glimmerglass” by James Fenimore Cooper. Package includes standard guest room, breakfast and dinner daily, bottle of champagne and souvenir glasses, single red rose and tickets to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Fenimore Art Museum or The Farmers’ Museum. $ 327-$ 387 per night double occupancy, two-night minimum required.

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, N.Y.


Thanksgiving Special (Nov. 24 – 28, 2004)

Give thanks this season in a spectacular natural setting, perfect for renewing your spirit. In addition to charming accommodations, you’ll feast on an extensive Thanksgiving Day buffet, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, afternoon tea and cookies and a host of complimentary activities – hiking, yoga, fishing, square dancing, nature walks, fitness activities and more. $ 379 per night, double occupancy. Three-night minimum stay required. Book a fourth night and receive a $ 100 resort credit.

Waldorf – Astoria, New York


Suite Escape Package (ongoing)

Experience New York City like you never have before. Stay in a Luxury Landmark Suite at the Waldorf Astoria with sparkling wine and fresh fruit upon your arrival. One or two-bedroom suites are available for up to a total of four guests. Includes complimentary in-suite dinner, spa service for each guest, and a complimentary plush terrycloth bathrobe as a memento of your “Suite Escape.” Rates from $ 1000-$ 3000 per night.

Green Mountain Inn, Stowe, Vt.


Autumn Brilliance Package

(Sept. 23 – Oct. 16, 2004)

Experience the grandeur that is fall in Vermont. Package includes two nights’ lodging, full country breakfast daily, scenic horse and carriage ride, harvest picnic basket and bottle of wine. From $ 209 per person, double occupancy.

Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, Vt.


Lake Champlain Experience

(Sept. 6 – Oct. 16, 2004)

Explore and experience the beauty and history of Lake Champlain with overnight accommodations in a historic guest room, breakfast and two tickets to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Tour the “Lois McClure”, a full-sized replica of an 1862 class canal schooner (Oct. 11 -17), take a scenic trip aboard the Dynamyte Cruise Boat and learn the fascinating review of the history of Basin Harbor with Bob Beach, Jr., fourth generation host of the Basin Harbor Club. $ 109 per night, double occupancy.


Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla.


Historic Getaway (Sept. 1 – Nov. 30, 2004)

This fall, discover the dreamlike setting of the Biltmore Hotel, a National Historic landmark, featuring exquisite public spaces, lush gardens and courtyards. Amenities include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, spa and fitness center and the largest swimming pool in the continental U.S. Package rates begin at $ 129 per person, per night, double occupancy and include a hotel credit of $ 100, a 20% discount in the hotel’s restaurants and bars, valet parking, a copy of the Biltmore’s illustrated history book and two admissions to the nearby Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Two-night minimum required.

Colony Hotel & Cabana Club,

Delray Beach, Fla.


Discover Delray (thru Nov. 30, 2004)

Experience authentic Florida charm and hospitality. Relax at the beach, shop in local boutiques, enjoy area museums, restaurants and

festivals within steps of the Colony Hotel. Includes complimentary breakfast, use of the private oceanfront Cabana Club, free wireless Internet and complimentary parking. $ 85 per room, per night.

Don CeSar Beach Resort, St. Pete Beach, Fla.


“In the Pink” Package (Oct. 1 – Dec. 30, 2004)

Enjoy being “in the pink” for just a little bit of green! Escape to the beauty of St. Petersburg and enjoy classic accommodations and a complimentary breakfast buffet. From $ 179 per night, single or double occupancy, Sun. – Thurs.

Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club,

St. Petersburg, Fla.


Fall Golf Escape (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2004)

The 2004 Fall Golf Escape includes accommodations in a newly renovated guest room, unlimited range balls, complimentary bag storage, shared golf cart and $ 25 dining or golf pro shop merchandise credit per room. A non-golfing partner may substitute a manicure and 30-minute massage for their golf round. $ 299 per couple, per night.

The Windsor Hotel, Americus, Ga.


Romantic Getaway (ongoing)

Rekindle your romance with an escape to the enchanting town of Americus. Enjoy one night in an elegant Windsor Chamber Room, champagne, roses, dinner for two in the Grand Dining Room and continental breakfast the next morning. Rates range from $ 225 – $ 350 per couple, per night, Mon. – Sat.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Ga.


Murder Mystery Weekend (Oct 29 – 31, 2004)

Make it a Halloween to die for this year! Become a super sleuth at the ultimate “who dunnit” weekend. Meet your fellow sleuths at a welcome reception and heavy hors d’oeuvres on Friday night. Keep yourself sated as you solve the mystery with a breakfast buffet, group lunch, reception and dinner on Saturday and a closing brunch on Sunday. $ 849 per package, based on double occupancy.

River Street Inn, Savannah, Ga.


Fall Getaway (ongoing)

Savannah’s lively festivals and wonderful weather make autumn a perfect time of year for a getaway to the River Street Inn. Enjoy seasonal tours and entertainment and highlights including First Saturdays on the River and Octoberfest. A vast array of eclectic boutiques and galleries will help you get a jump on holiday shopping. Rates from $ 159-$ 250 per night based on double occupancy.

Delta Queen Steamboat, New Orleans


Lincoln Forum (Sept. 18-23 or 23-28, 2004)

Discover the “Land of Lincoln” as you retrace our 16th president’s legal and political careers in the river towns of his home state. Guest lecturer John C. “Jack” Waugh, award-winning author of Reelecting Lincoln and Surviving the Confederacy will share his insight and accompany you on a day-long tour. Five-night cruises include all meals, entertainment and onboard activities. Sept. 18 -23 (St. Louis/Ottawa) priced from $ 896 – $ 2,059 per person, double occupancy. Sept. 23-28 cruise (Ottawa/St. Louis) priced from $ 598 – $ 1,625 per person, double occupancy.

Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans


Body & Soul Package (thru Dec 29, 2004)

If relaxation is what you crave, this package is the perfect fit. The two-night retreat begins with a bottle of champagne upon arrival, a petite spa collection gift bag with Gilchrist & Soames products, breakfast each morning, professional spa manicure and pedicure, 60-minute massage and use of the hotel’s exercise facilities and heated rooftop pool. $ 814 per package, Sun. – Thurs., $ 877 per package Fri. & Sat. Rates based on double occupancy, two-night stay required.

The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, N.C.


Fall Getaway (ongoing)

After checking into deluxe accommodations, stroll the historic campus of the University of North Carolina with your complimentary tour guide. Amble through Chapel Hill’s oldest neighborhoods and enjoy a self-guided tour of the Inn. Savor the cuisine in the Carolina Crossroads restaurant and then settle in with a movie in the comfort of your room. From $ 206 per couple, per night, including tax. Gratuities, alcohol and special menus not included.

Hotel El Convento, San Juan, P.R.


Pre/Post Cruise Package (ongoing)

Designed for ocean-loving travelers who don’t want to miss out on the hidden treasures of this historic city, El Convento offers a very special Pre/Post Cruise package. Enjoy two nights at El Convento before or after your cruise, complete with daily buffet breakfast, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, use of the fitness center, complimentary bottle of wine and hotel signature bag. $ 123 per person, per night. Two-night minimum required.

Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, S.C.


Discover Charleston (ongoing)

Come discover what makes this charming city one of the most popular destinations in the Southeast. Package includes elegant accommodations and daily choice of two tickets to the SC Aquarium, a horse-drawn carriage ride or tickets to Fort Sumter. Rates from $ 139 – $ 239 per night, based on double occupancy.

John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston, S.C.


Discover Charleston (Aug. 30 – Dec. 30, 2004)

Discover all the pleasures of Charleston with this two-night package. In addition to elegant lodging, enjoy a romantic carriage ride, tickets to the Nathaniel Russell House and a choice of a tour of Fort Sumter, Middleton Place Gardens or Drayton Hall. From $ 398 per couple, including breakfast, brandy and chocolates, wine and sherry.

Kings Courtyard Inn, Charleston, S.C.


History Package (Aug. 30 – Dec. 30, 2004)

Just a mere stroll away from the famous Charleston harbor and the city’s historic homes and attractions, the 19th-century Kings Courtyard Inn offers a perfect getaway for history buffs with a love for old world charm. Features two-nights accommodations in a classically-appointed room, tea party walking tour through the historic district, admission to Drayton Hall Plantation and a Fort Sumter Boat tour. $ 425 per package, double occupancy. Children under 12 are $ 25 per night.

Wentworth Mansion, Charleston, S.C.


Preservation Package (Aug. 30 – Dec. 30, 2004)

Step through the doors of the elegant Wentworth Mansion and step into a world of refinement and grace. This two-night escape includes a breakfast buffet, afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres, evening port, brandy and sherry service, and turndown with homemade truffles. Also receive tickets for two to the Nathaniel Russell House, Drayton Hall Plantation and the National Trust for Historic Preservation walk. Double occupancy rates are $ 800 per package for mansion rooms and $ 600 per package for East Wing rooms.


Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago


Romance Package (thru Dec. 31, 2004)

Cuddle up with a loved one this fall. Special romantic touches include chilled champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival, evening turndown, a 30-minute horse drawn carriage ride and full American breakfast served in bed or in the NiX restaurant. $ 299 per package, per night based on double occupancy.

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.


Fall 3 for 2 Special (Sept. & Oct., 2004)

Enjoy an unforgettable weekend on Mackinac Island where horses and bicycles are still the favored modes of transportation. Buy two nights and get the third night free. $ 175 per person, per night for the first two nights, based on double occupancy including a full breakfast and five-course dinner.

Stafford’s Perry Hotel, Petoskey, Mich.


Fall Shopper’s Delight (Oct. 24 – Dec. 23, 2004)

Shop ‘til you drop this season with a visit to Stafford’s Perry Hotel. Explore the boutiques and shops in Petoskey’s Gaslight district, then return to the hotel to rest amid elegant surroundings. Package features two nights’ lodging in a Park House room, $ 40 dining credit and $ 40 towards shopping in the Gaslight District. $ 232 per package, based on double occupancy. Mention the HHA website and receive a free upgrade to a room with a view of Little Traverse Bay.

The Saint Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minn.


Dinner Package (ongoing)

Pamper yourself in style this fall with a visit to the elegant Saint Paul Hotel. Package includes deluxe guestroom for one night, turndown service with mineral water and special room preparation and a $ 100 food and beverage credit for use in the hotel. $ 259 per couple, plus applicable taxes.

Renaissance Grand Hotel, St. Louis


Cardinal Baseball Package (thru Apr. 2005)

Don’t miss the exciting 2004 baseball season in St. Louis. Enjoy an evening at the Renaissance, an official St. Louis Cardinals hotel. Deluxe accommodations for two, 15% off restaurant coupons, in-room movie and two tickets to a Cardinal’s home game. $ 189 per couple, per night, double occupancy.

Renaissance St. Louis Suites, St. Louis


Romance Package (thru Apr. 2005)

St. Louis is a perfect setting for romance. Indulge in a romantic getaway that includes deluxe room accommodations, complimentary bottle of chilled champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and breakfast for two. $ 139 per couple, per night.

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Cincinnati


Romantic Fall Getaway (Sept. 1 – Dec. 3, 2004)

Enjoy an unforgettable weekend in one of the world’s finest displays of French Art Deco with a romantic fall getaway. Located in the heart of the Midwest, the Hilton Cincinnati is a wonderful place for relaxation and romance. Package includes one night’s lodging, choice of sparkling or non-alcoholic wine and coupons for the American Breakfast in bed or at The Grille at Palm Court. Rates from $ 129-$ 260 per night, double occupancy.

The Vernon Manor Hotel, Cincinnati


Romantic Fall Getaway (Sept. 1 – Dec. 5, 2004)

Enjoy a romantic fall getaway in the heart of the Midwest. The Vernon Manor Hotel has been a Cincinnati landmark since 1924. Its old-world charm is combined with the amenities of new-world comfort and convenience. Enjoy a champagne toast and assorted chocolates, evening turndown and a sumptuous breakfast. $ 120 per night, double occupancy.

The Lafayette, Marietta, Ohio


Fall Foliage Tour (Oct. 1 – Oct. 31, 2004)

Bask in the glory of fall at your own pace. This autumn extravaganza includes a “drive-it-yourself” tour of covered bridges and fall foliage, a trolley tour of historic Marietta and a fall foliage cruise aboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler. Two-night package also includes dinner one night, Saturday breakfast and Sunday brunch. $ 149.50 per person, double occupancy.

American Club, Kohler, Wis.


Harvest Wine Weekend Package

(Oct. 29 & 30, 2004)

Embark on a culinary journey and let our award-winning chefs guide you through the flavors of autumn and teach recipes and techniques sure to warm your kitchen and the hearts of your family and friends. Package includes overnight accommodations, wine tasting on Friday evening, chef presentation, tour of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, wine session and a Saturday evening winemaker dinner. $ 550 for two nights, one guest, single standard room. $ 725 for two nights, two guests, double standard room.


Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix


Ladies’ Fling (Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2004)

The Ladies’ fling package is the perfect girls “back-to-fall” getaway – a pampered retreated amid Mediterranean luxury. One night package includes double/double accommodations, two spa treatments of choice, dinner for two in T. Cook’s and sangria and tapas. $ 749 double occupancy.

The Hermosa Inn, Scottsdale, Ariz.


The Art of Retreat (Sept.14, 2004 – Jan. 4, 2005)

Once the home and studio of cowboy artist Lon Megargee, the Hermosa Inn represents the Old West at its best, with style and luxury. The Art of Retreat package includes one night in a casita, an excursion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, a copy of The Cowboy’s Dream: The Mythic Life and Art of Lon Megargee, dinner in LON’s restaurant, champagne and dessert at turndown and breakfast buffet. $ 475 per night, double occupancy.

Hotel del Coronado, Coronado, Calif.


History for Three (Oct. 1, 2004 – Dec. 30, 2004)

Pay for two nights and make history for three at the legendary Hotel del Coronado. Just stay two nights and get the third night free. Just ask for the History for Three offer when making your reservation. Rates start at $ 270 per night based on single and double occupancy.

The Grande Colonial Hotel, La Jolla, Calif.


Epicurean Escape (thru Mar. 31, 2005)

Soothe your soul and entice the taste buds at the Grande Colonial Hotel. Your stay includes three nights in a junior suite with ocean view, breakfast each morning, “Chef’s Tasting Menu Dinner” with wine pairing, two martinis at NINE-TEN bar, culinary gift basket, valet parking and taxes and gratuities. $ 1,199 per package, per couple.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles


Universal Studios Package (thru Dec. 30, 2004)

The Millennium Biltmore is one of Los Angeles’ most elegant and historical landmarks, convenient to the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Staples Center. Enjoy classic accommodations, passes to Universal Studios and complimentary valet parking. $ 189 per night, per couple. Available Fri. – Sun. nights.

Mendocino Hotel & Garden Suites,

Mendocino, Calif.


Romantic Retreat (ongoing)

Visit the beautiful rugged coast of California for a romantic retreat this fall. Package includes two-night accommodations in a garden room with king bed and fireplace, bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, gourmet dinner one night, full breakfast each morning and all taxes and gratuities. $ 568 per couple, Sun. – Thurs. $ 656 per couple, Fri. & Sat.

Napa River Inn, Napa, Calif.


Gondola Package (thru Sept. 30, 2004)

Join us for a memorable ride in an authentic Venetian Gondola down the Napa River. Package features an overnight stay in an executive room, 30-minute gondola ride, in-room breakfast and an afternoon wine tasting. $ 245 per night, double occupancy, Thurs. – Sun. $ 295 per couple, per night Fri. & Sat.

El Encanto Hotel & Garden Villas,

Santa Barbara, Calif.


“I’ve Got a Crush on You”

(Sept. 6 – Oct. 31, 2004)

Santa Barbara County is an inviting wine touring and tasting destination. The county is home to more than 60 wineries and 20,000 acres of vineyards. Experience the harvest, or “crush” in late summer and early fall. Package includes dinner for two with wine pairing, a wine trail map and VIP card to three preferred wineries for complimentary tasting. $ 495 per night, double occupancy for garden suite, $ 325 per night, double occupancy for a garden room.

The Pierpont Inn, Ventura, Calif.


Romantic Hideaway (thru Dec. 31, 2004)

Fall in love at the historic Pierpont Inn. Wine and dine your sweetheart in a historic setting by the sea with two nights’ accommodations, welcome basket upon arrival, breakfast or brunch on Sunday, dinner for two in Austen’s Restaurant, plus a one-hour massage per person and guest passes to The Pierpont Racquet Club. $ 395 per package, double occupancy, Sun. – Thurs. and $ 445 Fri. & Sat.

Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colo.


Autumn in Aspen (Sept. 26 – Nov. 24, 2004)

Aspen’s luxurious Hotel Jerome is celebrating the change of season with a special rate of $ 125 per night. Autumn is an ideal time to visit the legendary hotel, where world-class service and amenities offer a comfortable respite and brilliantly colored fall foliage against the majestic Rocky Mountains.

The Heathman Hotel, Portland, Ore.


Garden Zen Package (thru Oct. 31, 2004)

Find your own personal Nirvana with an escape to the elegant Heathman Hotel. Two-night package includes deluxe guestroom, valet parking, continental breakfast, an assortment of green teas, an Urban Zen eye mask and two Portland Attractions passes to the Portland Classical Chinese Gardens, Oregon Zoo, the Portland Art Museum and more. $ 99 per person, per night, two-night minimum required.

The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle


Savor Seattle Package (thru Nov. 30, 2004)

Stay in deluxe accommodations at the historic Fairmont Olympic, just steps from the famous Pike Place Market, where an endless array of gastronomic delights await you. Receive a canvas market bag, map to the market, copy of the Pike Place Market Cookbook and $ 50 dining credit at the hotel’s restaurants. $ 329 per night, double occupancy.


Antrim 1844, Taneytown, Md.


Gettysburg Experience

(Sept. 6 – Nov. 25, 2004)

Relive one of America’s most dramatic events with the Gettysburg experience. Package includes a battlefield bus tour, two tickets to popular Gettysburg museum and theatre attractions and a copy of the novel Gettysburg by Newt Gingrich. Return to Antrim for luxurious overnight accommodations in the mansion, afternoon tea, hors d’oeuvres and a sumptuous six-course dinner, continental wake-up tray and gourmet country breakfast. $ 175 per person, double occupancy. Suites and cottages available for an additional $ 25 per person.

Nassau Inn, Princeton, N.J.


Weekend Package (thru Dec. 31, 2004)

Break away from the humdrum this fall with a weekend escape to the Nassau Inn. Package includes overnight lodging, full breakfast and a Palmer Square Gift bag with local information and coupons. Standard accommodations from $ 199 per night, per couple. Suites from $ 299 per night, per couple. Valid Fri. & Sat. nights only.

The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, Pa.


Bed and Breakfast Package

(Sept. 6, 2004- Dec. 31, 2004)

Treat yourself and someone special with a trip to the majestic hotel on the hill. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just need a sweet retreat, this package offers the pampering and relaxation you so richly deserve. Package includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast in the circular dining room, and admission to the Hershey Gardens and Hershey Museum. Package rates from $ 218 based on double occupancy.

Leola Village Inn and Suites, Leola, Pa.


Grape Escape Package (Aug. 1 – Nov. 1, 2004)

Enjoy a “grape escape” at Leola Village. Package includes overnight accommodations with early check-in, a tour of Nissley Vineyards with your own packed picnic basket, dinner for two at Mazzi Designed Dining Restaurant, deluxe breakfast, and welcome gift. $ 320 per couple.

Skytop Lodge, Skytop, Pa.


Double Eagle Package (thru Nov. 15, 2004)

Golfers will find Nirvana in the Pennsylvania countryside. Package features unlimited green fees and cart, charming accommodations in one of our lodge’s standard rooms and three meals daily. $ 180 per person, per night. Two-night minimum required. Available mid-week, non-holiday only. Stay a third night for $ 130 per person. Tee times must be arranged in advance.

Nittany Lion Inn, State College, Pa.


Golf Package (thru Nov. 2004)

Football isn’t the only great game at Penn State. Special golf package features accommodations at the Nittany Lion Inn, use of fitness facilities, pro-shop discount, complimentary transportation to and from golf course upon request, green fees and cart rental and use of practice range and balls. Rates from $ 104.50 per person, per night based on double occupancy and include all gratuities. Private instruction by PGA professionals available for an additional fee. Not valid during event weekends.

Boar’s Head Inn, Charlottesville, Va.


Step Back in History (thru mid-Dec.)

Surround yourself in history amid the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Explore Monticello and its gardens, visit Ash-Lawn Highland, the home of James Monroe and the renowned Michie Tavern where Revolutionary patriots met. Package features two nights’ accommodations, welcome gift, daily breakfast, three-course dinner one evening, two Presidents Passes and all resort fees, taxes and gratuities. From $ 472 – $ 1,052 per room, based on double occupancy.

The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center,

Roanoke, Va.


Sweet Romance Package (thru Nov. 2004)

The Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Smell the crisp air, view the majestic foliage and experience the romantic joys of the season. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, breakfast and champagne or sparkling wine.

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