Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Jet Setting for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day for luxurious, romantic hotel offerings for couples looking to spend intimate time together by jet setting to the Maldives, Dubrovnik, Miami or Mexico. Hotel Excelsior – Valentine’s Day Dream Package As one of the most lavish hotels on the Adriatic with cinematic views, the recently renovated Hotel Excelsior is granting couples an outstanding romantic experience with its Valentine’s Day Dream package. Housed in a former 1913 royal villa featuring 158 redecorated rooms and suites, lovers can enjoy a romantic evening overlooking the Adriatic to intimate strolls down to the nearby UNESCO Old City of Dubrovnik. Guests can...

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2018 Valley of the Moon Music Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John Hill 510.435.7128 The soul of great music in the heart of the valley VALLEY OF THE MOON MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS 2018 SEASON Highlights include three concerts at the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Hall, a presentation on the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition’s main stage, and the annual summer festival at the Hanna Center Auditorium in Sonoma  Photo credit: Stefan Cohen. SONOMA, CA, January 9, 2018 — Valley of the Moon Music Festival (VMMF) founders, Tanya Tomkins and Eric Zivian, today announced the program for their fourth season, which kicks off this month with a return to the Green Music Center’s Schroeder Hall at Sonoma State University. In addition to three concerts at the Green Music Center, highlights this year include a presentation on the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition’s main stage in June and the annual festival in July at the Hanna Center Auditorium in Sonoma. VMMF showcases an international roster of leaders within the field of historical performance practice alongside emerging talents and young professionals coached in the Festival’s Apprenticeship Program. In addition to Tomkins on cello and Zivian on fortepiano, featured artists this year include Liana Bérubé, violin; Cynthia Black, viola; Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; Owen Dalby, violin; Nikki Einfeld, soprano; Sadie Glass, natural horn; Eric Hoeprich, clarinet; Monica Huggett, violin; Kati Kyme, viola; Jeffrey LaDeur, fortepiano; Joseph Maile, violin; Catherine...

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1,787 Mile Cycling Tour from Barcelona to Rome

Ride & Seek Announces “Hannibal Expedition” from Barcelona to Rome (Sydney, Australia) — Ride & Seek is excited to offer intrepid travelers a chance to follow in the footsteps of the Carthaginian general, Hannibal Barca, on a 1,787-mile cycling tour through Spain, France, and Italy. The 28-day journey takes riders over the Pyrenees, Alps and Apennines on roads featured regularly in the Vuelta a España, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia bike races. Guests will embrace cultural and historical elements of Catalonia, Languedoc, Provence, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Umbria, including culinary delights, as they meander down roads less traveled. The “Hannibal Expedition” is divided into two distinct stages, and guests can choose to participate one or both of them.  The tour is slated for September 2-30, 2018 and starts at $6,540.  Hi-res photos can be downloaded here. For more information, visit “The Hannibal ride was the greatest thing I’ve done in my life…impeccably, energetically and passionately organized,” said cycling journalist and author Felix Lowe. “I cannot think of a better way to spend a month – I just wish I could do it all over again.” Stage 1 – Barcelona to Alba (968 miles, 16 days) Starting in Barcelona guests will cycle up through Cataluña and over the Pyrenees mountain range. The crossing of the Pyrenees is obviously a tough undertaking but the route doesn’t tackle the highest peaks, which...

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Exodus Travels Releases Top Travel Trends for 2018

Top 10 Travel Trends That Will Make 2018 the Most Adventurous Year Yet Adventure travel pioneers Exodus Travels predict this year’s hottest travel trends inspiring travelers to explore the world in a way they’ve never imagined possible. Toronto, Canada. January 4, 2018: Exodus Travels has been helping adventurers see the world differently for almost half a century. Decades of travel experience in 100+ countries, an award-winning reputation for responsible tourism, an excitement to explore the unknown and a desire to inspire people to discover the places that fascinate them have each positioned Exodus as one of the go-to experts...

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2018 California Visitor’s Guide Inspires Travel Ideas Around the Golden State

                                                                                                                                                Media Contact: Kristen Bonilla, Visit California (916) 319-5421 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2018 California Visitor’s Guide Inspires Travel Ideas Around the Golden State Annual guide offers hundreds of ideas to plan your next California vacation Sacramento, Calif. (Jan. 4, 2018) – The all-new 2018 California Visitor’s Guide is now available, and features 727 travel ideas for exploring the Golden State. The 196-page magazine provides potential visitors with information and inspiration designed to make their next California vacation the trip of a lifetime. “California has so much to offer travelers no matter what they’re seeking, from adventure to relaxation, and family activities to world class dining experiences,” said Visit California President & CEO Caroline Beteta. “The 2018 California Visitor’s Guide is the best tool to start dreaming up the perfect Golden State vacation.” TV host and actor Mario Lopez adorns the cover of the 2018 guide and in the corresponding feature story reveals himself to be a true California Dreamer. “There’s so much that I want to do here,” Lopez said, “you could literally never leave the state if you wanted.” The Chula Vista native now lives in Los Angeles County and shares some of his favorite places to go and things to do throughout the Golden State—including LA hotspots to wine tours in Temecula and Napa. California’s innovative culinary scene takes a star turn in this year’s...

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