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The Magic of Merry Hill Farm
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Written by Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Why not have it in a landscape that, even by the lofty standards of North Carolina, will astound you. That’s Merry Hill Farm, a one-of-a-kind destination to begin the rest of your life. It feels like a manicured paradise, but it’s not too far from the twin charms of Chapel Hill and Mebane, minutes from I-40. The centerpiece is a classic, two-story white farmhouse, furnished with elegant antiques and shining chandeliers. There’s a balcony porch overlooking inspiring countryside views. It could not be more romantic.

It’s owned by Lynne Holtkamp. She’s an Orange County native, attorney, and the mother of her business partner, Grace. She sat down with us recently to tell us about the farm.

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Exodus Donates on Behalf of Partners for Travel Agent Appreciation Day
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Written by Exodus Travels   
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Toronto, Canada. May 1, 2019: In honor of Travel Agent Appreciation Day, leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels is working with women’s health organization The Freedom Kit Bag Project to bring eco-friendly sanitary wear to underserved communities across Nepal – and donating a Freedom Kit Bag for every booking made in the US and Canada throughout May 2019. 

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Relax in Style at Multiple Lake of the Ozarks Spas
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Written by Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks   
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 06:00 AM

Lake of the Ozarks, MO - Those looking to relax and unwind in style will find an excellent selection of day spas to choose from at Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks.

The "Best Recreational Lake" in the Nation is home to many spas, but the four most celebrated spas are located at the Lake of the Ozarks' full-service resorts. Each spa has its own signature services, but regardless of which spa a visitor chooses, they can rest easy knowing they'll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever life throws their way.

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Hungry for a summer getaway? Discover Paradise!
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Written by Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB   
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 08:00 AM
Dear Foodie,
Are you hungry for a wonderful getaway at an incredible value? Discover Foodie Paradise this summer during our value season in Naples, Marco Island, and the Everglades.
Known as Florida’s Paradise Coast, our area is famous for fresh-from-the-Gulf seafood and farm-to-table dishes. In fact, Condé Nast Traveler consistently lists Naples among the top U.S. destinations for food. From down-home cooking to upscale international cuisine, our award-winning chefs and restaurants can craft amazing meals you’ll never forget.
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A cycling holiday in Italy or France in the celebration year of Leonardo da Vinci.
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Written by Girolibero Cycling Holiday Tours   
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 08:00 AM

2019 marks 500 years since the death of the Genius, with exhibitions and events in the locations where he lived and worked - which (unsurprisingly) we can also reach by bike.

Whether the first boneshaker was invented by Leonardo or not, we're certainly celebrating it! Italy and France lead the way, so here are a few pointers to Leonardo's special haunts... All Girolibero's tours include: overnight stays in selected accommodations, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, detailed maps/roadbooks, 7-days assistance. Extras: bike/e-bike rental.

All Leonardo's tours on girolibero cycling holidays website. See a few below:

  • Italy, Tuscany: From Florence to Vinci A pilgrimage to Vinci is a must for any Leonardo enthusiast. Just outside the village lies the humble house where he was born - now a museum - while the Museo Leonardianois in the centre, featuring many of his inventions. In Florence, visit the absorbing Museo Galilei and its countless events, and the Uffizi Gallery with the famous painting of the Annunciation.
  • Italy, Piedmont: Turin and the Self-Portrait The Galleria Sabauda dei Musei Realiin Turin will be celebrating Leonardo's birthday (15 April 2019), with an exhibition of drawings. Besides his own, there are works by contemporary artists and - holding pride of place - the celebrated Self-Portrait, a notoriously difficult work to view. Palazzo Cavour is hosting - Leonardo da Vinci, the Hidden Treasures, focusing on the master's followers.
  • Italy, Milan Celebrates Leonardo In the course of his long life, Leonardo had two spells in Milan, during which he produced The  Last Supper and other masterpieces. Milan and its region will be celebrating with a myriad of events, including an exhibition with 3D interactive Machines and guided tours. The icing on the cake? You cycle in from Switzerland to Lake Como on the way.
  • France, Loire Valley If Florence is the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the Loire is the movement's Berceauon French soil. Amboise rightly spearheads Leonardo initiatives in France: this is where the Master settled in his old age and where he is buried. The Castle of Clos Luc shines for a programme which includes, besides a major exhibition, evening events focusing on life and the arts in the Renaissance. "The majestic Castle of Chambord" follows suit, illustrating how Leonardo inspired its architecture.
  • France+UK, from Paris to London masterpieces Absolutely de rigueuris the Louvre Museum in the French capital, which is also presenting an exhibition on Leonardo. And a gargantuan one it is too, though alas not till the autumn! Not all is lost, however, the Mona Lisa smiles year-round as does The Virgin on the Rocks at the National Gallery in London.
Enjoy these treasures and more on the Avenue Verte! 

 

 
Lake of the Ozarks Celebrates the Beginning of the Boating Season During the Spring Harbor Hop
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Written by Central Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks   
Friday, April 19, 2019 08:00 AM

Lake of the Ozarks, MO - The annual Spring Harbor Hop, Saturday, May 4, marks the beginning of the boating season at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The Spring Harbor Hop, a highly-anticipated seasonal tradition at the Lake of the Ozarks, combines some of the best things about springtime in the area - warm weather, scenic beauty, boating, dining, live music, and fun - along with the chance to win big prizes. 

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Save the Date: From Spokes to Stained Glass, June = Fun on San Juan Island!
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Written by San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau   
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 09:00 AM

Friday Harbor, WA… See San Juan artists’ studios from a set of skinny tires! The 29th Annual San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour and the Friday Harbor Bike Fest are coming June 1st! Pedal your way down hidden drives and island backroads and discover why the San Juans are an Artists’ Hot Spot* in Washington.  

The Bike Fest is being held at San Juan Island Brewing in downtown Friday Harbor. Breakfast (no host) will be available starting at 8:00 am from the local Cutthroat Pirates. Supported rides will be from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, but you can start and finish any time you wish. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Salish Sea and lush farmland and perhaps catch a glimpse of a fox or two. The fee includes a Tri-Tip BBQ meal, featuring local BBQ aficionado Billy Grewohd (vegan burgers will also be available), at the end of the ride. Live music provided by local musicians will start at 3:00 pm at San Juan Island Brewing Company. Enjoy a pint of locally crafted ale or lager or sip a glass of wine from award-winning estate-grown San Juan Vineyards, at an additional cost.

View the many artistic works inspired by the San Juan Islands natural world during the San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour. Find many new studios on the tour this year; 22 mutually supportive island art studios will host over 60 artists. Find glass blowing, etchings, handmade knives, kaleidoscopes, jewelry, wearable art, fiber art, sculpture, fused glass and more. Take the self-guided tour (maps available on the website) to seldom-open-to-the-public studios and watch art in the making. This will be the largest, most fun-filled annual tour event yetand a once-a-year chance to buy fine art at its source. Sign up for a raffle at each studio for a chance to win local fine art.

Reserve your regular or electric assist bike here today!

*According to the Washington State Arts Commission for per capita number of art galleries and individual artist sales

Dropbox for photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2pg2h8awlvi5j3p/AAATTua__BPuXnvf0eKSzwORa?dl=0

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Media Contact:
Barbara Marrett
Communications Manager

 
Unbound Book Festival Kicks Off This Week
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Written by Columbia, MO CVB   
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 09:00 AM

 COLUMBIA, MO - Nationally and internationally renowned authors will gather in Columbia April 19 and 20 for the fourth annual Unbound Book Festival, celebrating literature in all its forms.

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Another ‘layer’ of the 1886 Crescent Hotel’s days as a hospital surfaces
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Written by Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism   
Monday, April 15, 2019 08:30 AM

(EUREKA SPRINGS, AR) -- The 1886 Crescent Hotel, well known today as being a mountaintop spa resort in the Arkansas Ozarks, was once used as a cancer curing hospital which was under the control of the hospital’s owner, charlatan Norman Baker from Muscatine, Iowa.  Baker operated his Eureka Springs’ facility from 1937 until December 1940.

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