22nd Newport Flower Show to Celebrate Fete Des Fleurs

The 2017 Newport Flower Show, themed Fête Des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres, will celebrate its 22nd year with a variety of special events, expert guest speakers, beautiful floral designs, impressive horticulture exhibits, stunning garden displays, unique shopping opportunities, and more. Inspired by France, America’s premier summer flower show will transport guests’ imaginations to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners. Attendees will travel on a French adventure, from grand gardens to Paris chic, at Rosecliff, one of Newport’s most beautiful historic mansions modeled after the Grand Trianon at Versailles. The Show opens on Friday, June 23 and runs through Sunday, June 25, 2017.psnc-logo

With Newport’s largest private ballroom, Rosecliff was constructed in 1902 as a party pavilion for one of the leading society hostesses of the Gilded Age. This snow-white terra-cotta mansion was created for Theresa Fair Oelrichs, heir to the Comstock silver lode in Nevada. It hosted many of the most fabulous entertainments of the period, including a fairy-tale dinner and a party, featuring magician Harry Houdini.

The magnificent three-day event welcomes back Bartlett Tree Experts as the Presenting Sponsor of the Newport Flower Show, which benefits The Preservation Society of Newport County. Additional sponsors include ALEX AND ANI, Atria Senior Living , Brooks Brothers, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, Swarovski, United, and The Newport Daily News.

Show Highlights:

The Show will feature celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham and noted scholar on French garden history Dr. Eric T. Haskell as special guest speakers, scheduled on Friday and Saturday. Guests will have the rare opportunity to learn from the uniquely talented Leatham, who works as the Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris in addition to designing events for celebrities and world leaders like His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, and many more. Leatham is considered the most exciting floral designer in the world. Awarded the prestigious “Knighthood” (“Chevalier de L’Order des Arts et Letters”), the French Government’s highest honor for artists, Jeff designed the first major event to be held in the famed “Galerie des Glaces” (Hall of Mirrors) at Versailles since the time of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His work is compared to contemporary art (and is featured at international cultural, business and entertainment events). His vase designs were so exquisite that the Dallas Museum purchased them for their permanent collection. His work.

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Celebrity floral designer Jeff Leatham

Haskell, Professor of French Studies & Humanities and Director of the Clark Humanities Museum at Scripps College in California, will share his knowledge on French gardens, their history, and more with guests. Dr. Haskell will share his vast knowledge on French gardens during his lecture “Lasting Landscapes: The French Formal Garden.” He received his Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of California, Irvine, and also studied Art History and Architecture in the graduate program at UCI and at the École du Louvre in Paris. He has delivered over 550 public lectures and scholarly papers in 28 states and 11 foreign countries. In 2013 Haskell received two of France’s highest honors: Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académics (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms) and Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).

Other free lectures and demonstrations by noted plant experts, flower designers and gardeners will

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Dr. Eric T. Haskell

also be presented throughout the weekend.

Fashion icon and interior designer Iris Apfel will also join the Newport Flower Show’s Afternoon Tea reception on Friday, June 23 for a conversation on her fabulous life, fashion, and style. The Afternoon Tea reception will be held on the front lawn of Rosecliff at 3:00 p.m. where guests will be treated to a sampling of savory and sweet delicacies as well as flavored versions of iced or hot teas.

The Opening Night Party, the unofficial “kickoff to summer in Newport,” will take place on Friday, June 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a cocktail buffet, live music and dancing, a seaside supper, and other entertaining surprises. The show will continue through the weekend with unforgettable garden exhibits, horticultural entries, floral designs, and children’s programs, all staged

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Iris Apfel

throughout the elegant reception rooms of Rosecliff, its oceanfront terrace and lawn.

New this year, the Newport Flower Show will offer a Fête de la Lune (Feast by Moonlight) at Rosecliff on Saturday, June 24 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Guests can spend an evening strolling through the display gardens, shopping with Flower Show vendors on the front lawn, and viewing the floral designs inside Rosecliff before the sun sets, then can enjoy a summer picnic basket supper on the grounds while viewing the display gardens. Attendees can also opt to stay after supper for a viewing of the 2015 hit movie “A Little Chaos” starring Alan Rickman, Kate Winslet, and Stanley Tucci; film tickets are sold separately. Continue reading

Miami Museum Month Celebrates New Openings and Great Offers

Throughout May, Locals and Visitors Can Enjoy BOGO Deals and Special Offers

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will celebrate Miami Museum Month during the month of May, with much-anticipated museum openings and can’t miss “Buy One, Get One Free” admissions and membership savings.

(Visit MiamiMuseumMonth.com to download coupons and incentives to explore Miami & The Beaches’ most renowned collections of art and culture. Official sponsor Citibank® will also provide cardholders with a 10% discount at participating museum stores for the month-long program.)Miami_Museum_Month_logo

Miami Museum Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations Program, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer with monthly deals and special events. Temptations programs include: Miami Cruise Month (January), Miami Romance Month (February), Miami Shop Month (March), Miami Sports & Wellness Month (April), Miami Film Month (June), Miami Spa Month (July-August), Miami Spice Restaurant Month (August-September), Miami Attractions Month (October), Miami Live Arts Month (November), and Miami Heritage Month (December).

Interior of the Planetarium at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. (Photo Business Wire)

Interior of the Planetarium at The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science is slated to open on May 8, 2017, in Downtown Miami‘s Museum Park. During Miami Museum Month, visitors can enjoy an exclusive 10 percent off Family and Family Plus membership packages. (Please see coupon for more details; valid from May 9 through May 31, 2017.) Poised to be one of the only institutions worldwide boasting both a state-of-the-art planetarium and cutting edge aquarium, the 250,000 square-foot facility sits on four acres of land overlooking Biscayne Bay surrounded by Downtown Miami’s dazzling skyline. For more details, visit MiamiMuseumMonth.com. Continue reading

TripAdvisor Announces Top Destinations Around the Globe in 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards

Bali is #1 in the World and New York City Tops U.S. Ranking, Based on Traveler Reviews and Booking Interest

TripAdvisor Also Identifies Great Sights to See and Things to Do in Iconic Spots

TripAdvisor® announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice® awards for destinations, recognizing travelers’ favorite places around the world. This year, Bali, Indonesia is the global winner and New York City ranks number one in the U.S. for the seventh consecutive year.

Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor. The awards honor 418 outstanding destinations in 24 lists across the globe.TRIPADVISOR LOGO

We’re excited to reveal our community’s favorite travel destinations for 2017 and recognize these iconic places with Travelers’ Choice awards,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor. “Travelers wanting to explore these fabulous destinations can shop for amazing attractions and tours on TripAdvisor and compare hotel prices that are up to 24% less when booking off-peak.”

We are honored that New York City has been recognized by the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards for destinations as the number one destination in the U.S. for seven straight years and among the top 10 globally this year,” said Fred Dixon, president, and CEO of NYC & Company. “This is a testament to the outstanding offerings of our five-borough destination and its multicultural neighborhoods. This year, we welcome the world to discover and experience the unique energy and diversity of our great city!”

TripAdvisor has also identified the average spring/summer hotel rates, roundtrip airfares, least expensive month to visit, as well as highly rated tours to maximize travelers’ experiences in these award-winning destinations.

Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Destinations – U.S:

1. New York City, New York

The beloved Big Apple offers something for every type of traveler, from Broadway shows to some of the world’s most iconic attractions.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor¹: $349 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor²: $319
  • Least expensive month to go³: August (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • New top-rated tour: Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bookable on TripAdvisor for $125 per person

2. Maui, Hawaii

This island is a hotspot for outdoors lovers as they can stretch out on warm, golden sands, hit the surf for unforgettable windsurfing or enjoy a zen snorkeling session.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $402 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $687
  • Least expensive month to go: April (8% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Old Lahaina Luau Maui, bookable on TripAdvisor for $120 per person

3. Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Life on the Big Island boasts natural beauty for outdoor enthusiasts or just for travelers to enjoy a famous local plate of fresh “poke.”  

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $279 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: May (5% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Big Island ATV Tour Through Waipio Valley, bookable on TripAdvisor for $166 per person

4. Oahu, Hawaii

This island is a sunbather’s and surfer’s paradise, with beautiful beaches and swelling waves that can reach epic heights.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $326 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $767
  • Least expensive month to go: August (7% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Diamond Head Crater Adventure, bookable on TripAdvisor for $37 per person

5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas can satisfy a variety of vacation tastes, including great meals from renowned chefs, access to some of the world’s premier casinos, and the ability to see spectacular shows on the Strip.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $226 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $316
  • Least expensive month to go: May (1% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Red Rock Canyon Luxury Tour Trekker Experience, bookable on TripAdvisor for $102 per person

6. Orlando, Florida

Home to some of the world’s most popular amusement and theme parks, Orlando offers travelers boundless opportunities for adventure and family fun.

  • Average bookable hotel rates on TripAdvisor: $221 per night
  • Average airfare available on TripAdvisor: $303
  • Least expensive month to go: May (4% less than the combined spring/summer average for hotel and airfare)
  • Top-rated tour: Blue Man Group Show at Universal Orlando Resort, bookable on TripAdvisor for $64 per person

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The Viceroy Hotel Group Creates A Sensation With Grand Unveiling Of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Global Modern Luxury Hospitality Group Makes History With Stunning New Beachfront Resort

This past weekend, the Viceroy Hotel Group (VHG) raised the curtains to unveil Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, a stunning beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape. Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai is home to 477 rooms and suites, including 352 guestrooms, 85 suites and 40 hotel apartments located across 16 floors. Designed by Yabu Pushelberg and NAO Taniyama and Associates, this Icon Collection masterpiece showcases sweeping, unobstructed views of the surrounding city, from the Dubai Marina to the Burj Khalifa. The arrival of the Viceroy Hotel Group in Dubai marks the modern luxury hospitality group’s second foray into the UAE, bringing a fusion of California cool with Dubai sensation.1 (1)

Preparation for the opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has been an unforgettable journey,” comments Bill Walshe, CEO of Viceroy Hotel Group. “I remember my very first meeting with Kabir Mulchandani of SKAI Holdings, the developer, owner and visionary behind the entire development, and now, four years later, we have opened an incredible new experience for Viceroy guests, one where Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai has redefined modern luxury hospitality in this vibrant destination. I am extremely proud of General Manager Mikael Svensson, and the entire Viceroy team for how they have launched this incredible hotel.”

The opening of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai marks the next step of VHG’s aggressive and expansive growth strategy over the next few years, with forthcoming properties slated for Argentina, Chicago, Colombia, Panama, Portugal, and Turkey.

MODERN MARVEL: PIONEERING ARCHITECTURE & OUTSTANDING INTERIOR DESIGN

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s glass cube structure creates a sense of anticipation. At center, a first-of-its-kind glass cube towers at 15 meters by 15 meters, an engineering feat. The cube seemingly floats in front of the hotel, allowing natural light to flood in and provides a direct view through to the resort’s runway like 60-meter pool, the ocean and beyond.

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Image of Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai, Viceroy Hotel Group’s stunning new beachfront resort at the center of Dubai’s thriving hospitality landscape

Viceroy Palm Jumeirah Dubai‘s interiors feature clean lines, natural materials, and a standout design. Glamorous interiors feature a calming palette of neutral colors alongside Viceroy’s signature teal, with brushed bronze finishes adding a warm glow. Light and dark wood contrasts with layers of marble, creating balance and refinement, while a recurring honeycomb hexagonal pattern runs throughout. Contemporary furniture and rich fabrics similarly contrast with Greek and Italian-marbled bathrooms that feature hand cut mosaic tiling and bronze sculptured standalone bathtubs. Continue reading

Havana, Cuba, To Be Featured on Select Carnival Paradise Cruises from Tampa Beginning in June 2017

Following the history-making launch of cruises from the U.S. to Cuba on Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand last year, the company’s namesake and largest cruise brand — Carnival Cruise Line — has now received approval to sail to Cuba. The Cuban capital of Havana will be added to select Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa beginning in June 2017.

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Carnival Cruise Lines’ new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze in Venice waiting to set sail on its inaugural cruise. Photo by Radu Ursu.

The overnight visits to Havana will be featured on 12 four- and five-day cruises aboard Carnival Paradise departing from the Port of Tampa starting June 29, 2017, providing vacationers with a rare and exciting opportunity to explore this fascinating and previously off-limits destination.

Four-day cruises will depart June 29, July 13, August 24, September 7 and 21, and October 5 and 19, 2017 as well as May 3, 2018 and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana. Five-day voyages will depart August 14 and 28, September 25 and October 9, 2017, and include a daytime and overnight visit to Havana as well as a stop in either Cozumel or Key West.

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Carnival Paradise at Sea 

 

Carnival Paradise guests will be able to choose from a range of exciting shore excursion experiences that showcase Cuba’s vibrant culture and majestic beauty, along with the island’s warm and friendly people and centuries-old architectural landmarks.

Cuba is an island jewel unique from anywhere else in the Caribbean and we are thrilled to have this rare opportunity to take our guests to this fascinating destination,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The opportunity to visit Havana, combined with the fun, relaxed ambiance and wide variety of amenities and features offered on Carnival Paradise, will make for a truly one-of-a-kind vacation experience,” she added.

Aboard Carnival Paradise, guests can enjoy an array of amenities and a full schedule of daytime activities and nighttime entertainment. A variety of dining options includes two full-service main dining rooms and expansive poolside choices. The ship also features a 12,000-square-foot Spa Carnival health and wellness facility and an exclusive Serenity adults-only retreat. Popular family-friendly programming includes Seuss at Sea in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises and featuring the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with The Cat in the Hat and Friends and fun, supervised activities for kids in three age groups. Four swimming pools and an 115-foot-long water slide are additional features.

The visits to Havana comply with regulations of the U.S. Department of Treasury that permit travel operators to transport approved travelers to Cuba to engage in activities as defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Foreign Assets Control.

The new voyages can currently be booked via travel agents or by calling 1-800-CARNIVAL. The cruises will also be available on carnival.com. Please note that a passport is required for cruises that call in Cuba. Additional information on all special requirements for these voyages can be found on carnival.com.

Pendry Hotels Announces The Grand Debut Of The Pendry San Diego

Highly Anticipated New Luxury Brand Launch Sets the Stage with Premiere Opening in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

Pendry Hotels has announced the grand opening of its first hotel in San Diego’s renowned downtown Gaslamp Quarter. A new luxury brand from Montage International, in partnership with The Robert Green Development Company, The Pendry is a refreshing take on the hospitality establishment that blends thoughtful and gracious service with a new approach to inspired design and authentic programming that appeals to today’s luxury guest. Pendry San Diego features 317 guest rooms, three dining concepts, three bars, Spa Pendry, private meeting and event spaces and a vibrant lobby experience.

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Pendry San Diego is located at 550 J Street, San Diego, in the epicenter of the city’s historic and energetic Gaslamp Quarter, blocks from Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, and the San Diego Convention Center; and is the debut property from Pendry Hotels, a new luxury hospitality brand from Montage International. Located in the city’s renowned Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry San Diego strikes a balance between modern and traditional, pairing classic Southern California influence with luxury amenities. Boasting six unique restaurants and bars and highlighting some of the city’s most talented chefs, Pendry San Diego is the city’s most anticipated new hospitality and lifestyle offering. (For more information, follow @pendryhotels or visit www.pendryhotels.com.)

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Pendry San Diego. Photo Credit: Christian Horan

We are thrilled to debut the first Pendry hotel, Pendry San Diego, in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter,” said Alan J. Fuerstman, founder, chairman, and CEO, Montage International. “San Diego is the ideal city for us to launch the brand and we look forward to welcoming guests and locals alike to experience all that the hotel has to offer.”

From its early inception, The Pendry vision has been clear,” said Michael Fuerstman, creative director and co-founder, Pendry Hotels. “We wanted to take our extensive experience in hospitality and combine it with our vision of modern-day luxury and style; one that is rooted in local culture, beautiful design, international inspiration and authentic service. It’s a hotel experience that should feel organic and luxurious at the same time and the San Diego property will bring that vision to life beautifully. We are very excited to open our doors in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter where we think locals and travelers will embrace and appreciate the Pendry point of view.

Pendry San Diego offers a dynamic hub where guests and visitors can work, relax, socialize and dine in one central location. Rooms are beautifully appointed with custom furnishings, luxurious bathrooms, and a sophisticated yet understated design nod to the city’s beach and surf culture. 36 suites offer stunning views of the city skyline and harbor, the historic streets of the Gaslamp Quarter or direct access to The Pool House outdoor deck. Guests and locals will enjoy a Tom Adler curated pop-up art gallery highlighting Ron Church surf photography. Each space within the hotel is rooted in design, culture and an inspired aesthetic that speaks to San Diego’s unique coastal voice and rapidly growing influence in arts, food, craft beer, and technology.

Pendry San Diego is home to the following restaurants, bars, nightlife, retail and wellness concepts:provisional-kitchen-at-the-pentry-san-diegoprovisional1

Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile Designed in partnership with Raan and Lindsay Parton from Los Angeles’ Alchemy Works retail concept, Provisional is a restaurant and marketplace featuring seasonal fare and gourmet takeaway offerings from Executive Chef Chris Osbourne. The communal dining space features a Vittoria Coffee espresso bar, sky-high ceilings, bistro tables and a retail marketplace set within a greenhouse. The marketplace features a curated collection of items including homeware, ceramics, apothecary items, pantry staples, and jewelry.

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Nason’s Beer Hall

Nason’s Beer Hall A new addition to the famous San Diego craft beer scene, Nason’s is a California coastal establishment featuring local and international beers, global comfort food, and vintage bar games. Its name pays homage to Nason & Co. Farmer’s Market, formerly located in the current location of the beer hall in the early 1900’s. Continue reading

Crescent Hotels & Resorts Announces The Launch of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach has joined the Newport Beach market as an upscale, lifestyle hotel. Formerly known as the Fairmont Newport Beach, the property will undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation and convert to the Renaissance Newport Beach in early 2018. The Duke Hotel Newport Beach will begin accepting reservations as a Marriott affiliated “White Label” hotel effective March 2017. Prior to March 2017 guests can enjoy all the benefits and royal amenities of The Duke Hotel Newport Beach by calling (949) 955-5632 for reservations.the-duke-hotel-newport-beach-logo

Adjacent to the John Wayne Airport, Orange County (SNA), The Duke Hotel Newport Beach is an upscale property with an unparalleled location that is convenient for business travel and leisure getaways. The hotel features 444 luxury guest rooms including 54 suites, rooftop pool with cabanas, an 8,000-square-foot spa, bocce court, tennis/sports courts, wedding gazebo, fitness center, restaurant, full bar, and 42,000 square feet of meeting space including 27,000 square feet of outdoor function space.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a nationally recognized and award-winning Marriott operator of hotels, resorts & conference centers throughout the United States and Canada, has been selected as the manager. The Duke and the upcoming Renaissance Newport Beach will be positioned and operated under Crescent’s Lifestyle division, “Latitudes, Lifestyles by Crescent.”

The Duke Hotel Newport Beach aligns well with Crescent due to our extensive experience in repositioning unique and complex lifestyle hotels,” said Michael George, Chief Executive Office of Crescent Hotels & Resorts. “Our unique approach as an elite Marriott International hotel manager, combined with our experience operating in southern California, will maximize the potential of this great hotel.”

Existing Fairmont Newport Beach reservations are intact at The Duke Hotel Newport Beach. Customers may book new reservations by visiting http://www.marriott.com/npbbr, or calling (949) 955-5632.

Crescent Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning, nationally recognized, top-3 operator of hotels and resorts. Crescent currently operates over 100 hotels, resorts & conference centers in the US and Canada. Crescent is one of the few elite management companies approved to operate upper-upscale and luxury hotels under the brand families of Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and IHG. Crescent also operates a collection of legendary independent lifestyle hotels and resorts. Crescent’s clients are made up of hotel REITs, private equity firms, and major developers. For more information, please visit www.chrco.com or connect with Crescent on LinkedIn.