Free Yourself from Negative Energetic Influences

Free Yourself from Negative Energetic Influences












Andover, MA (PRWEB) April 15, 2010

There is a world of energy around us that cannot be seen with the physical eye. Some of these energies are negative, having a detrimental effect on health, well-being, and ability to function. Anyone can learn how to detect these energies and take action to clear them and create more beneficial home and work environments for themselves and others.

Circles of Wisdom is pleased to host Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M. Eng., Vice President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers, for two powerful hands-on workshops that can transform your life.

Date and Title

Saturday, May 1:Environmental Dowsing

Sunday, May 2: Energy Alchemy: Clearing and Protection

Time: 10am – 6pm each day

Location: Circles of Wisdom, 90 Main Street in Andover, MA

Cost: $ 100 for either class, $ 170 for both

To Register: http://www.circlesofwisdom.com or 978-474-8010

During the Environmental Dowsing course students will learn to evaluate a space for negative energies such as high electromagnetic field (EMF) levels, Radon gas and electrical pollution. These can be from man-made influences such as high-voltage power lines, electric cables, electrical appliances, synthetic materials etc. Students will also test for naturally-occurring ley lines and sources of geopathic stress. Being in these energy fields over extended periods of time can weaken the immune system, making people more susceptible to illness.

Alicja will teach specific protocols students can take to neutralize and/or clear these non-beneficial environmental energies. She’ll also bring them a step further and show them how to increase the flow of positive energy, enhancing health and prosperity.

Sunday’s Energy Alchemy course focuses on harmful energies from negative thought forms, negative programming, and entity attachments. A thought form is a manifestation of mental or psychic energy. It can be created by people through negative self-talk or directed towards them by someone else, often unintentionally. An entity, or earthbound spirit, can attach to people when it is unable to move on to another dimension and we are in a weakened energetic state.

People are often not aware that they are being affected, and just wonder why they don’t feel like themselves. Alicja will provide tools to clear these unwanted energies. In addition, Alicja will show students how to create protective shields to keep themselves and loved ones safe. Enhanced mental and physical health is within everyone’s reach.

About Rev. Alicja Aratyn, M.Eng.

Alicja Aratyn was born in Poland and received a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from Polytechnical University in Warsaw. She emigrated to Canada in 1991 and dedicated her life to bridging Metaphysics, Esotherism and Science. She founded the Alicja Centre of Well-Being in Ontario, Canada in 1993 and offers tools for healing on her web site http://www.IntuitiveDowsing.com. She is currently the Vice President of the Canadian Society of Dowsers. Today she lectures, teaches and motivates people at many international conferences. Her classes are based on first-hand experience and loaded with knowledge, wisdom, and a great sense of humor.

About Circles of Wisdom

Circles of Wisdom is a Metaphysical Bookstore and Resource Center located in downtown Andover, Massachusetts. The store sponsors both local and national speakers to present on subjects such as alternative healing, personal transformation, meditation, psychic development, and spirituality. The retail store offers a selection of books, music, crystals, gemstone jewelry, aromatherapy products, gifts and more. Intuitive readings and healing sessions are also available.

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STUNDERTHORM — An Artistic Message From A Possible Future

STUNDERTHORM — An Artistic Message From A Possible Future












Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) August 14, 2007

European scholar/percussionist Johannes Welsch has released the album STUNDERTHORM together with singer/engineer David Hess (Heidelberg, Germany) and didgeridoo master Paul Hinger (Ottawa, Canada). The album features an acoustic recording of archaic voices (i.e. gongs, drums, voice and didgeridoo) which is comprised of three soundscapes and six rhythm pieces. The 28 page booklet presents the visionary art of Tina Welsch and the utopian essay by Johannes Welsch.

“Unless there is an almost unimaginable shift in consciousness, humanity will be subject to a cataclysm of never seen proportions,” asserts Welsch, former project director at one of the world’s leading management schools. To the many doomsday scenarios confronting humanity at the beginning of the 21st century the academic turned mystic adds the STUNDERTHORM, a cataclysmic tale based in part on his background in Organizational Theory. The voice he chooses is one from the future looking back at our current structural deficiencies:

“The Stunderthorm was rooted in our inability to put strategy first. When suffering became a catalyst for change, change was impossible for a humanity insisting on national identity and complex structure. Strategies needed to address a long list of overwhelming global challenges: war, human rights violations, environmental pollution, climate change, hunger, disease and natural disasters. Insanity insisted on national competitive advantage in the face of these ever-accelerating global processes and threats. The delusion of national advantage left all of humanity at a disadvantage. The process was exacerbated by the metastasis of commercial and industrial organization. ‘Globalization’, the overheated shouted, ‘means that all sit in the same boat.’ Their words coincided with the general realization that the boat was sinking.”

In this vision, the OT axiom “strategy supersedes structure” holds not only for commercial enterprise, but also for humanity as a whole, leaving us in a most precarious situation. However, rather than going on a lecture tour in an attempt to better the world one presentation at a time, Welsch disseminates his message through artistic works, through radio play, global podcasts and live performances (http://www.indie-music.com/bands/bands/1480), hoping to reach the many — fast.

STUNDERTHORM is a wholistic call for a general awakening: the 2,000 word message from “the end of what you call the 21st century” is illustrated by many of Tina Welsch’s mixed media paintings and enhanced by an original acoustic recording. Just as looking at the open sea triggers notions of infinity and eternity, Tina’s art leads to deep visions of inner and outer worlds. The two works’ “Original Regression” and “Polygravitational Subjunction” illustrate those poles. The deeper meaning of the former is self-evident while the latter shows a group of planets as they circle their sun, aligned through a force (polygravitational subjunction) revered as divinity by the consciousness on the seven planets.

The soundscapes and rhythm pieces were produced at the Alien Lab Studio in rural Ontario and engineered by vocalist David Hess. The nine tracks feature a wide range of percussion instruments including some of Welsch’s fine gongs (http://www.drumsoloartist.com/cgi-bin/news/2005/news.pl?record=38). Hess also contributes his unique style of throat singing, in which he generates a fundamental note and harmonious overtones simultaneously. Paul Hinger’s didgeridoo adds both rhythm and sound to the acoustic recording. The well known performer from Ottawa has toured the planet with his instruments and contributed to many recordings. STUNDERTHORM is being featured on radio programs across North America, podcasted worldwide and available on iTunes

STUNDERTHORM — Key Facts and Contact Information

Johannes Welsch — Percussion

David Hess — Vocals

Paul Hinger — Didgeridoo

STUNDERTHORM Definition:

Stunderthorm (stun´der thôrm´), n. 1. a transient disturbance accompanied by institutional disintegration leading to a visionary system of social, political and spiritual perfection. 2. the final and completely destructive era in the history of humanity. 3. any great and crucial advancement in the evolution of consciousness.

Written and produced by Johannes Welsch

Artwork by Tina Welsch

Recorded by David Hess

Mastered by Joao Carvalho

Edited by June Martyn

Published by SONIC FLAME

SONIC FLAME

RR #1 – 1645 Bay Lake Road

Bancroft, ON K0L 1C0

Canada

Phone: 001.613.332.9870

e-mail: Gongmystic @ aol.com

Website: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jwdhph

Artist Website: http://www.indie-music.com/bands/bands/1480

Available at http://www.CDBaby.com and on iTunes

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Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight

Best in Class Health Care Fraud Solutions from Thomson Reuters and i-Sight











i-Sight Case Management Software for health care fraud investigations.

Ottawa, Canada (Vocus) September 9, 2010

Today, Customer Expressions Corp. announced that the company will be co-exhibiting at upcoming health care fraud conferences with Thomson Reuters. With the signing of the Universal Health Care Bill in the US earlier this year, health care fraud and payment recapture have become main priorities for both the federal government and industry leaders. It has been reported that payment recapture initiatives are expected to put at least $ 2 billion over the next three years back into taxpayer pockets.

Thomson Reuters has developed best in class solutions for health care fraud detection, abuse and waste, while the i-Sight Case Management Software is a best in class solution for managing health care fraud investigations. The cutting edge solutions offered by both companies raise the bar in health care fraud prevention, detection and investigation.

In the coming months, members from i-Sight and Thomson Reuters will join together to attend a series of health care fraud conferences throughout North America. Some of the topics addressed at each of the conferences include how to conduct health care fraud investigations, international examples of health care fraud, medical identity theft and the impact of health care fraud on society and the health care industry itself.

Ray Gerard, President at Customer Expressions stated, “Health care fraud is an epidemic. In 2009 alone, an estimated $ 54 billion was lost due to improper Medicare and Medicaid payments. As efforts to tighten health care fraud controls in the US are put into place, technology and software solutions, including i-Sight Case Management Software, help identify repeat offenders and improve investigations into health care fraud allegations.”

Here is a list of upcoming health care fraud conferences that we will be attending with the Thomson Reuters team:


The 26th Annual NAMPI Conference, hosted by the National Association for Medicaid Program Integrity. The conference takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana from September 12-15.
Raise the Ante Against Health Care Fraud is the theme of this year’s Annual Conference held by the Canadian Health Care Antifraud Association. The conference takes place on September 14th and 15th in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
The 2010 NASMD Fall Conference, held by the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, from November 8-10 in Arlington Virginia.
The National Health Care Antifraud Association’s (NHCAA) Annual Training Conference. The conference is held in Las Vegas Nevada from November 16-19.

About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for both businesses and professionals. Combining innovative technology with industry expertise, Thomson Reuters delivers critical information to leaders in the financial, legal, tax, health care, accounting, science and media fields.

About Customer Expressions Corp.

Based in Ottawa, Canada, CEC is a leading provider of web-based ethics and compliance investigation software. Customer Expressions has gained an international reputation for best-in-class software to optimize the management of various business processes. The privately held firm provides i-Sight, integrated case management software for investigations, complaint handling, corrective and preventive action management (CAPA Management), and other business processes that require case management. For information and breaking news related to ethics and compliance issues and internal investigations, visit our blog at i-sight.com.

For further information, please contact:

Joe Gerard, Vice-President, Sales & Marketing

800-465-6089

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Online Natural Health Center Meets Pain Relief Needs of Millions of Arthritis Sufferers Left Reeling from Vioxx Recall

Online Natural Health Center Meets Pain Relief Needs of Millions of Arthritis Sufferers Left Reeling from Vioxx Recall










(PRWEB) October 5, 2004

Natural Health Center, an online natural health products resource and online store has announced its preparedness to assist arthritis sufferers who had been taking Vioxx for arthritis pain prior to the drug’s recall on September 30th.

In response to Merck’s recall, Natural Health Center (NHC) has put together a variety of arthritis pain relief packages for those who now find themselves without a safe means to relieve arthritis pain.

“What many people don’t realize is that popular prescription drugs only manage symptoms, they don’t actually address the underlying cause of the disease,” said Dr. Dan Nuzum, Naturopathic doctor at NHC.

“So what you get is simply pain management, without improvement of the condition itself. But with natural treatments like herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies, both the root cause of the disease is addressed as well as the pain and discomfort it causes – and its all done safely and naturally.

One of the main causes for arthritis is a parasite called Protozoa. Arthritis is also caused by a virus. Once the body is rid of the offending parasite or virus, the natural healing process can begin.

Millions of people suffering from arthritis worldwide are today scrambling for an alternative to Vioxx and other arthritis prescription medications. Natural Health Center provides an effective solution by offering a safe, proven method to treat the painful disease.

Natural Health Center (NHC) has arthritis relief packages available to those who are looking for a new, safe form of relief. We offer the highest quality herbal and natural products available. To learn more about how we can help relieve your arthritis pain, stop by:

http://www.natural-health-center.com, or give us a call at: 1-877-240-6151.

Contact Information

Pramila Mathew

Natural Health Center

123 S. Walnut St.

Ottawa, OH 45875

1-877-240-6151

pmathew@natural-health-center.com

http://www.natural-health-center.com/alternative-arthritis-treatments.html

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New User-friendly of Evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Companion Materials Now Available from Hazelden

New User-friendly of Evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Companion Materials Now Available from Hazelden










Center City, MN (PRWEB) August 23, 2011

As many as half of all people who arrive at mental health clinics or addiction treatment facilities have co-occurring disorders, requiring effective, integrated care as outlined in IDDT. Recognizing the need for comprehensive research and information about dual diagnosis and IDDT treatment in a format that guides professionals in implemented integrated treatment practices, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center and Hazelden have redesigned the acclaimed Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) and Hazelden is now offering the program, one component of the larger Severe Mental Illness (SMI) product line– on its website.

Far surpassing its predecessor in ease of implementation and ongoing usability in clinical settings, this updated and expanded IDDT curriculum is redesigned not only to more effectively teach clinical skills and provide practitioners with resources and tools for their practice, but to offer the guidance necessary to align the work of departments and transform agencies into integrated treatment providers.

Identified as an evidence-based practice (EBP) by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, IDDT calls for mental health and substance abuse treatment to be delivered at the same place, at the same time, and with the same treatment team. As funding for behavioral health treatment becomes scarce, only the most clinically- and cost-effective interventions and evidence-based practices will pass muster with mental-health authorities and policy makers. But while EBPs have been shown to produce better clinical outcomes, they are also perceived to be more expensive services.

A groundbreaking study of behavior healthcare claims data in Ohio found just the opposite was true – Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment actually helped save $ 1.4 million in service costs for a group of 160 people with severe mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

Hazelden and the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) have also created a Recovery Life Skills Program that is designed to work hand in hand with the new and improved IDDT program.

Developed by Lindy Fox, MA, LADC of the PRC, the Recovery Life Skills Program also utilizes evidence-based protocols. The Program has been research tested at eight pilot sites by Dartmouth researchers, and the easy-to-implement curriculum includes a facilitator’s guide with step-by-step session instructions and reproducible client handouts–everything needed for rapid integration, and to revise existing programs into those found in dual diagnosis treatment centers.

Hazelden offers a comprehensive collection of professional resources for the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders, including the evidence-based Co-occurring Disorders Program (CDP) and the SMI product line In addition to the IDDT and Recovery Life Skills materials, Hazelden’s SMI line includes Housing First Collection advocates providing housing first, then supportive treatment services. The program materials offer guidance, tools and tips to evolve existing programs into the Housing First model, and for implementation within the community.

Rounding out Hazelden’s educational offerings for addiction and mental health practitioners is Supported Employment, Individual Placement and Support (IPS), training materials and curricula to help clients compete in the workforce. Studies have shown that participants in an Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program are three times more likely to work in regular, competitive jobs than those in other vocational programs. The evidence-based practices in Supported Employment offers knowledge and tools born from the IPS model to help clients with mental health disorders obtain jobs with competitive wages based on their field of interest.

Hazelden is a private, not-for-profit organization, Hazelden helps people transform their lives by providing the best addiction treatment and recovery services as well as education, research, and publishing products available today.

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LaneChange.net Launches Service to Protect Businesses from Spam and Viruses

LaneChange.net Launches Service to Protect Businesses from Spam and Viruses










Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) June 7, 2004

LaneChange.Net, a complete Internet services solutions provider, announces a new online service that offers secure filtering and delivery of email to businesses that either operate their own email servers or are using email forwarding services for their own domain names.

“Spam, worms and viruses are costing companies thousands of dollars in lost productivity”, said Robert Schwartz, President of LaneChange.Net. “Every 4 minutes that an employee spends managing Spam, costs a businesses over 1% of salary expenses. Add to this the lost productivity bugs like viruses and worms cause when released onto a company network and these figures can easily double or triple.”

Built from the ground up for high-volume messaging environments, the email defense service, powered by MX Logic’s® Email Defense technology, provides around-the-clock email protection, automatically intercepting, analyzing and blocking malicious and unsolicited messages at the network perimeter-before they can enter the internal network. Using a filtering process that neither stores nor acknowledges receipt of an email message, email defense presents zero risk of message loss and virtually undetectable latency.

“The email defense service allows companies to take advantage of industrial strength Spam and virus filtering without hefty upfront costs or steep technical learning curve,” Schwartz said. “Network administrators and optionally end users, can manage Spam quarantines, white and black lists and can receive detailed reports of messages blocked by the service.”

In addition to its Spam and virus protection, the email defense service shields and conceals an organization’s messaging infrastructure, including the location of the customer’s mail servers, from the public Internet, removing the threat of network probes and providing robust protection from vulnerability and attack.

Email defense service pricing starts at $ 1 per email box, per month and is available now. For more information on email defense, see: http://www.lanechange.net/html/email_defense.shtml

About LaneChange.Net:

Since 2000, LaneChange.net (http://www.lanechange.net) has provided domain name registration, DNS hosting, email hosting, virus and Spam filtering services, backup email and other hosting services to more than 1,800 clients worldwide. LaneChange.net’s philosophy is customer-centric, which satisfies client’s requirements with a specific emphasis on personalized and timely customer service. LaneChange.net’s head office is located in Ottawa, Canada, with data center operations in Ottawa & Vancouver, Canada as well as Atlanta, USA.

For additional information contact:

Robert Schwartz

LaneChange.net

613-860-1667 ext.5

800-403-1963 ext.5

http://www.LaneChange.net

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Corporate Renaissance Group Receives Outstanding Sales Recognition From Microsoft Business Solutions

Corporate Renaissance Group Receives Outstanding Sales Recognition From Microsoft Business Solutions











OTTAWA, ON (PRWEB) August 6, 2004

Corporate Renaissance Group (CRG) recently received recognition from Microsoft® Business Solutions for outstanding customer commitment and sales achievement and was named to the Microsoft Business Solutions President’s Club. This recognition honors Microsoft Business Solutions reselling partners whose commitment to customers is reflected in their business performance and high level of sales achievement and customer satisfaction.

“Microsoft Business Solutions is pleased to honor CRG for its demonstrated strong commitment to customers as well as its high sales achievements,” said Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Tami Reller. “We deeply value our relationship with CRG and are pleased to recognize these outstanding accomplishments.”

“We are extremely proud of our staff who have committed to delivering superior sales, implementation, and support to Microsoft Business Solutions – Great Plains. This achievement comes from both the internal dedication and the support from our partners who buy our innovative products that extend the value of Microsoft Great Plains”, said Dr. Vijay Jog, president, Corporate Renaissance Group.

In addition to reselling and implementing Microsoft Great Plains, CRG delivers innovative solutions for data automation, financial planning and analysis, human resource management and interface management areas that extend the solution’s functionality.

About Corporate Renaissance Group

Established in 1989, Corporate Renaissance Group is a global provider of innovative solutions that drive better business management and performance. With expertise in business management applications, CRG has established itself as a leading provider of solutions that drive operational effectiveness. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices throughout North America, South Africa and India, CRG provides global solutions to global challenges. Their sophisticated, high performance software products and services, together with their unparalleled management expertise enable their clients to become value-based, performance-focused organizations. Their products are sold through a global network of more than 500 strategic partners as well as their direct sales team. For more information please visit http://www.crgroup.com.


















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Narconon Arrowhead Receives Certification from Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSAS) awarded full certification to Narconon of Oklahoma, Inc. (dba) Narconon Arrowheads drug free withdrawal program after department inspectors verified the center was in 100% compliance with the criteria required by the state for non-medical detoxification.

The Departments recommendation for full certification was sanctioned by a unanimous vote by the Oklahoma Board of Mental Health at their monthly meeting held at Department headquarters in Oklahoma City on the 11th of March. Full certification is valid for three years, which is the most allowed under the Department is regulations.

Narconon Arrowhead CEO, Gary W. Smith said, My center is goal has always been to meet or exceed state and federal treatment standards because the individuals that we help are the ones that benefit from a higher quality care in the end. I think it’s a new era for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and treatment providers in the state. We have known for some time that substance abuse is one of the key factors that are driving up prison and health care costs and more treatment services are needed, not less. State regulations seem to be moving more towards inclusion of alternative types of effective rehabilitation methods and programs rather then being exclusive to what has been considered traditional treatment methods.

In addition to ODMHSAS certification Narconons drug and alcohol rehabilitation program is accredited by the nationally recognized and prestigious Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) since the center was first licensed in Oklahoma in 1991. The organization has helped thousands of people recover from drug addiction since that time and has helped prevent drug use through education to hundreds of thousands across the country through the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard is effective drug-free rehabilitation methodology.

Adds Smith, I am impressed with the cooperative spirit that exists today with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and treatment providers in the state of Oklahoma. I know this is due, in now small part, to the Department leadership and support in making more treatment services available by the Governor office.

Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest private residential treatment centers in the United States. The center services between 200 and 230 people in need at a time and program participants range from 18 to over 60 years of age and come from all walks of life all over the country as well as overseas. It is also the main training center for Narconon is international network of drug rehabilitation and education programs that now reaches 40 countries.

Program information can be obtained by calling 1-800-468-6933 or via the web at http://www.stopaddiction.com.

 

NSF International?s Global Food Safety Certification Division Earns Five-Star Rating from British Retail Consortium (BRC)

NSF International’s Global Food Safety Certification Division Earns Five-Star Rating from British Retail Consortium (BRC)











NSF International


Ann Arbor, Mich. (PRWEB) August 09, 2011

NSF International’s Food Safety Division has earned the highest rating from the British Retail Consortium (BRC), developer of the BRC global food safety standards for food, packaging, storage and distribution. This excellent five-star rating confirms NSF’s reputation as a leading certifier to the global food safety standards, having certified more than 28,000 farms and facilities.

NSF is committed to helping companies throughout the global food supply chain strengthen their quality assurance programs. In 2009, NSF International became the first North American certification body to earn ANSI accreditation for BRC standards and has become the largest certifier to BRC worldwide and SQF in the U.S. Many of the leading global retail and foodservice companies now require certification of their suppliers against these Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)*-benchmarked standards to help strengthen food safety practices.

For the first time, BRC published the key performance indicators (KPI) ratings of each certification body from January – June 2011 in their directory, which highlights NSF International’s five-star rating. The BRC measures each certification body on the following KPIs every six months: Audit Report Writing Quality, Compliance to the BRC Scheme & Standard Protocol Requirements, Auditor Registration, Data Submission, Commitment and Communication.

“BRC works closely with our certification bodies to ensure the most effective and consistent use of the BRC Global Standards,” said John Kukoly, Senior Technical Marketing Representative in North America for BRC. “A rigorous set of key performance indicators are used to measure feedback and continually improve the performance of our partners in assessing certified companies. These measures, the most rigorous in the industry, ensure that those certification bodies (able to perform BRC certification audits) are held to exacting expectations and standards themselves. When a certification body receives a five-star rating, such as NSF International, this puts them at the very top performance level within the BRC program.”

“NSF International has grown into the largest certifier to BRC worldwide, and SQF in the U.S., because we’ve continued to focus on quality and meeting the expectations of our customers, accreditation bodies and standard’s owners,” said Robert Prevendar, Director of Food Safety Certification Systems for NSF International. “I am very proud of our auditors and operations team for placing us in the top five percent with our score of 100, which helps us fulfill NSF’s mission of protecting and improving human health worldwide.”

For more information visit NSF’s Global Food Safety webpage or contact Helen Gipple at foodsafetysolutions(at)nsf(dot)org or 734-827-6845.

About NSF International:

NSF International is an independent organization that certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF offers certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked* food safety standards, such as British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Safe Quality Food (SQF). These global food safety certification systems promote consistency across the supply chain and provide independent certification that a product, process, or service complies with international, regulatory, and other specified standards.

NSF’s Global Food Safety Division

Services offered by NSF’s Global Food Safety Division include: foodservice equipment certification; food safety and quality auditing and certification for the produce, agriculture, poultry, egg and livestock industry; consulting & technical services; Global Food Safety Standards certification (SQF, BRC, GlobalGAP, FSSC, IFS, Dutch HACCP); restaurant and supermarket food safety; Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC) certification, HACCP validation and inspection, seafood testing and auditing; bottled water/flavored beverage quality certification; organic certification, and education and training.

Additional NSF International services include dietary supplement and nutritional ingredient certification, drinking water certification and safety audits, management systems registrations (e.g. ISO 14001); and sustainable business solutions.

*The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an independent non-profit foundation managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, was founded in 2000.

CONTACT:

Greta Houlahan

NSF International

Phone: 734-913-5723

Email: houlahan(at)nsf(dot)org

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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.

Northeast

The Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich, Conn.

860-886-2401

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

207-774-4200

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

207-883-2500

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

617-267-5300

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.

413-637-1364

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.

413-664-0400

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.

978-744-4080

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.

413-298-1690

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.

603-278-1000

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.

603-422-7322

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.

518-644-9400

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.

607-547-9931

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.

845-255-1000

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

212-355-3000

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.

802-253-7301

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.

802-475-2311

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.

South

Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Fla.

305-445-8066

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.

561-276-4123

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.

727-360-1881

“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.

727-894-1000

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.

229-924-1555

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.

912-635-2600

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.

912-234-6400

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

504-586-0631

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

504-523-3341

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.

919-933-2001

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.

787-723-9020

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.

843-722-0600

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.

843-723-7999

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.

843-723-7000

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.

843-853-1886

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.

Midwest

Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago

312-751-8100

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.

906-847-3331

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.

231-347-4000

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.

651-292-9292

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

314-621-9600

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

314-621-9700

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

513-421-9100

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

513-281-3300

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

740-373-5522

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.

920-457-8000

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.

West

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix

602-840-3610

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.

602-955-8614

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.

619-435-6611

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.

858-454-2181

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

213-624-1011

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.

707-937-0511

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.

707-251-8500

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.

805-687-5000

“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.

805-643-6144

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.

970-920-1000

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.

503-241-4100

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

206-621-1700

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.

Mid-Atlantic

Antrim 1844, Taneytown, Md.

410-756-6812

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.

609-921-7500

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.

717-533-2171

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.

717-656-7002

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.

570-595-7401

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.

814-865-8500

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.

434-972-2232

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.

540-985-5900

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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