Author: Maralyn D. Hill

The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show Announces 2014 Headliners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 23, 2013 MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Acosta Ann Flower Communications 310.305.7169 THE LOS ANGELES TRAVEL & ADVENTURE SHOW™ANNOUNCES ITS FEBRUARY 2014 HEADLINERS   Rick Steves, Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, and Todd Carmichael, Peter Greenberg, Pauline Frommer, Patricia Schultz among others (Long Beach, CA) – California’s biggest travel show with over 450 destinations, the Travel & Adventure Show™ has announced its participating star speakers including, Rick Steves– host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves’ Europe; inspiring and celebrated Travel Channel personality- Samantha Brown; Todd Carmichael– coffee expert, explorer and host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds“; Don Wildman– history buff, museumgoer and host of Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum“; award-winning travel expert, radio host and Editorial Director of Frommer’s Guidebooks– Pauline Frommer; Emmy award-winning investigative travel journalist Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor for CBS News and host of the new public television series: The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg; and Patricia Schultz– author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”Apart from the headline speakers, the show will also include a varied selection of destination-specific seminars where aspiring travelers can receive very specific, local information about a destination they wish to visit.Saturday, February 8th Speakers: Rick Steves: Join the travel expert – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebook series, public television series, and public radio shows – as he shares all the latest in smart European travel. Freshly back from travel hot spots, Rick Steves...

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Yakima Valley Weekend Events

  JANUARY 1-31, 2014 Cellar Days at Rattlesnake Hills Wine Trail Stock up on your favorite wines in the month of January – Cellar Days. Participating Wineries include Bonair Winery , Silver Lake Winery, Paradisos del Sol Winery, and Severino Cellars. Do not miss out on the great discounts… Learn More JANUARY 9, 2014 Singin’ In The Rain Yakima Valley Museum’s presents a 1952 musical comedy featuring Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds… Learn More JAN. 9 – FEB. 2, 2014 Don Crook: Painting the West at the Larson Gallery Opening reception: Thursday, January 9, 2014.5:00–7:00. A retrospective of the work of western historical painter Don Crook. Known as the “Norman Rockwell of Western Art,” he covers historical subjects such as Lewis & Clark, as well as cowboys and wildlife of the Old West… Learn More JANUARY 9-10, 2014 5th Annual Yakima Ag Expo Yakima Ag Expo 2014 features a broader scope of exhibits, staffed by company leader and products experts, with the latest innovations, products, and technologies. This event will be our fifth annual expo, and we are excited to build on the success of the previous four years… Learn More JANUARY 10, 2014 Sam Watts at Gilbert Cellars 7-10pm – Join us for live music by Sam Watts of Ghosts I’ve Met. Bring a friend enjoy a glass of wine and make this a night to remember. No...

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Travel + Leisure Awards Uniworld’s River Countess the Highest Score of All Ships, Both River and Ocean, in “World’s Best”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Travel + Leisure Awards Uniworld’s River Countess the Highest Score of All Ships, Both River and Ocean, in “World’s Best”   Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to announce that seven of their luxury boutique river cruise ships were listed in Travel + Leisure’s 2013 World’s Best Awards for “Top 20 River Cruise Ships” with the River Countess landing the number one spot with the highest score of all cruise ships, both river and ocean. Using a scale of 100, River Countess scored 95.83 for the “Top River Ships” category.In addition to the River Countess receiving the number one spot, six additional Uniworld ships placed in the top 20. The other Uniworld ships named in the top 20 were River Queen (3) with 95.14; River Ambassador (4) with 95.00; S.S. Antoinette (8) with 93.85; River Baroness (10) with 93.80; River Royale (17) with 92.59; and River Beatrice (18) with 92.44. The 18th annual Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards were just announced in their January edition and reflect the votes of thousands of their discerning readers who participated in the survey.“What a befitting way to mark our beautiful River Countess’ 2013 inaugural season, sailing the ‘Gems of Northern Italy and Venice’ with this top honor,” stated Guy Young, President of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. “I am so very proud, not only did the River Countess earn the highest score of all cruise ships, river and ocean, we also have six other ships in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World Best’...

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Nibbling Through Flanders (Belgium)

    Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed.,  The Epicurean Explorer Executive Editor, Freelance Lifestyle Journalist International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) Board Member, Co-Chair Conference & Media Trip Committee, Past President Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Member: Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Blogs: Where and What in the World & Success with Writing Follow me: @maralynhill FB:,,, Linkedin: We welcome press releases on the food, wine, travel, and items related to the hospitality industry. We receive emails with more than we can post to our service. If you would like to post a press release, please click the the submission tab to get the form to upload your release. You can also upload three photos. It will go in pending and be scheduled, unless it is unappropriate. This will enable more of you to have your releases up in a timely...

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Summer Lodge Hotel Launches New Gourmet Wellness Weekends in 2014

View our web version | Unsubscribe from this list   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 2014 FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact: Arnelle Kendall Telephone: (561) 330-0850 Email: Summer Lodge Hotel Launches New Gourmet Wellness Weekends in 2014 ~ Shaping Lifestyles in a Healthy, Positive Way ~   Dorset’s Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa has combined its calming and luxurious surroundings with the expertise of Dr. Dorian Dugmore, CEO of Wellness Academy and one of the world’s leading well-being experts. The result is an immersive, indulgent weekenddesigned to analyze, educate and encourage discerning couples regarding their health and well-being while revealing how to enjoy life’s pleasures and maintain a balanced lifestyle.The first Gourmet Wellness for Couples weekend runs at regular intervals starting on Friday, March 7 through Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the stunning property located in the charming village of Evershot, just two and a half hours from London.The Gourmet Wellness weekend will begin with an informal Welcome Dinner Friday evening.Saturday morning starts with a measurement of participant’s vitals including cholesterol and blood sugars, heart rate and biological age, followed by a country walk through the beautiful Melbury Estate and Deer Park. After a refreshing breakfast, guests will participate in a number of sessions with Dr. Dorian and his expert team focusing on key lifestyle risks that influence the health and well-being of couples. Topics include the science of the feel-good factor, techniques for managing stress and reducing tension, and simple dietary changes that maximize energy. There will be additional wellness activities, including a wine tasting with Summer Lodge’s award-winning...

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