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GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA, OFFERS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Greer, South Carolina - Nothing says family vacation quite like Memorial Day Weekend. And no other destination offers quite as much for the entire family as Greenville, South Carolina. From festivals and cycling championships, to free concerts and outdoor movies, there is something for everyone - and many of the activities are free. May events include: the Greenville Scottish Games, May 23-27, 2012 (the games will attract more than 50 clans from all over the country); Artisphere, May 11-13, 2012 (both visual and performing arts from all over the US); USA Pro-Cycling, May 25-28, 2012 (part of the USA Cycling Professional Tour); Freedom Weekend Aloft, May 25-28, 2012 (more than 80 hot air balloons). Web: http://www.greenvillecvb.com

BASEBALL SPRING TRAINING PACKAGE OFFERED AT ARIZONA’S AAA FIVE DIAMOND PHOENICIAN RESORT
Scottsdale, Arizona - The Phoenician welcomes baseball fans from 15 Major League Baseball teams to the Valley of the Sun this spring with two exclusive accommodation packages. The Diamond and Rookie packages are both available March 2-April 4, 2012, and include luxury accommodations, shuttle service to and from Old Town Scottsdale, a special spring training welcome amenity, one appetizer at Relish Burger Bistro after the games, and one round of golf. The Diamond Package starts at $749 per night; the Rookie Package at $639.00 per night. Web: http://www.thephoenician.com, Phone: (480) 941-8200

TRAIL RUNNER’S ADVENTURE TRIP IN SOUTHERN OREGON
Portland, Oregon, February 13, 2012 - Orange Torpedo Trips has created a new trail runner’s adventure trip perfect for anyone who loves trail running. Excited runners will spend 3 days in May-June running for a total of 40 miles on one of America’s most scenic wilderness trails, Rogue River Trail in Southern Oregon. This all-inclusive vacation will having you running on the trail as deer, elk and otters enjoy the sun at the river’s edge below you. Voted one of the Best Adventure Travel Companies by National Geographic Adventure. Web: http://www.orangetorpedo.com, Phone: 541-479-5061

ST. PATTY’S DAY WEEKEND PACKAGE ON THE NORTH CAROLINA COAST
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina - Let the Winds Resort and Beach Club get you into the Irish Spirit with their St. Patty’s Day Weekend Package, March 16 to 19, 2012. The package includes an authentic Irish dinner at Roberto’s Italian Ristorante, a split of champagne with party favors for each person, and a complimentary southern breakfast buffet each morning. The rate is $311.00 for two nights. The Winds offers oceanfront rooms, one, two and three bedroom suites and four to six bedroom island view resort cottages surrounded by palms, banana trees and hibiscus flowers. Web: http://www.thewinds.com, Phone: (800) 334-3581

“SPUD”RIFFIC FUN AT MINNESOTA’S POTATO DAYS FESTIVAL
Barnesville, Minnesota - Food, family fun and many events make up the Potato Days Festival, held August 24 and 25, 2012, in Barnesville, Minnesota. Each year, an estimated 20,000 tater lovers from across the country descend on this town of 2,200 to enjoy bushels of free fun for the entire family. Anyone that has attended the festival raves about the good Food Court that serves up the best of potato pancakes, dumplings, Norwegian lefse, French fries, mashed potatoes and gravy and potato sausage. Also there are the cooking contests consisting of making the best lefse entry or the best potato recipe. Named one of the Top 100 Best Events by the American Bus Association. Web: http://www.potatodays.com, Phone: 800-525-4901

AMERICAN ARCHITECTS STUDY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN FROM WORLD’S OLDEST FREE-STANDING BUILDINGS
Sarasota, Florida – Six thousand year-old temples anchor a multi-disciplinary approach to the preservation of historic properties. A 10-day course, offered by the Old Temples Study Foundation (OTS), includes lectures and site visits accompanied by heritage conservation specialists. The Mediterranean islands of Malta are home to a remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state. These include medieval walled cities and megalithic structures created more than a thousand years ahead of Stonehenge and the pyramids. Inclusive course fee $3189, offered twice in 2013. Web: http://www.OTSF.org

LIVE THE ADVENTURE AT THE POCONO’S SKYTOP LODGE
Skytop, Pennsylvania - Skytop Lodge has introduced the Adventure Center at Skytop, a new tree top adventure course. This elevated obstacle course is securely suspended between trees at 10 to 50 feet off the ground. Some of the features of the course include giant Tyrolean Zip Lines, suspended bridges, swings, slides, nets, and an aerial surf board. Renowned as a Member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, Skytop Lodge Resort and Spa has been delighting guests on their Pocono’s vacations since 1928. Explore 5,500 pristine acres of pristine natural beauty while enjoying a range of seasonal activities. Web: http://www.skytop.com

“LAST DINNER ON THE TITANIC” SERVED IN ST. LOUIS TO MARK THE CENTENNIAL OF THE LUXURY LINER
St. Louis, Missouri - Cruise into the Gateway City to experience the history, fashion, food and music of the elegant Edwardian era during St. Louis’ Titanic Centennial Weekend, April 13-15, 2012. The highlight of the weekend takes place at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Saturday, April 14. The Fox’s executive chef Stephen Proctor along with the culinary teaching staff at L’Ecole Culiniare will recreate the original First Class menu served to Titanic guests on the actual 100th anniversary of the last dinner on the ship. The Titanic-sized menu includes oysters a la Russe, poached salmon, filet mignon, chicken Lyonnaise, roasted squab and Waldorf pudding. Web: http://www.explorestlouis.com, Phone: (314) 992-0654, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

BICYCLE TOURS IN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE
Rochester, New York – New York based Classic Adventures has announced its 2012 schedule of bicycling tours throughout Europe and North America. Each departure is accompanied by two guides, with full van support. Cycling routes are carefully designed to incorporate historical and cultural points of interest. The Northeast Sampler, a new tour, incorporates some of the best cycling in the northeastern U.S. Cyclists sample the Erie Canal, Lake Ontario, the Adirondack Mountains and historic New England Villages. The Coast to Coast tour is an ambitious journey, from Anacortes, WA, to Freeport, ME. Cycle the entire 4,000 miles or choose from six segments. Web: http://www.classicadventures.com Phone: (585) 964-8488

BALD HEAD ISLAND IS FOR NATURE LOVERS
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina - From pristine beaches to sea turtles to Old Baldy Lighthouse, Bald Head Island offers vacationers a rich maritime world awaiting discovery. Bald Head Island is a two-mile journey across the Cape Fear River from Southport, North Carolina by passenger ferry or your own boat. Transportation on the island is limited to golf carts, bikes, skates and well-worn walking shoes...an accurate reflection of the slower, more relaxed island attitude. Although the pace of life here encourages rest and reflection, there is no shortage of recreational options for every age. Discover North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, first commissioned by Thomas Jefferson. Explore the island’s protected creeks and maritime forest through programs offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy. Web: http://www.baldheadisland.com

FRENCH BISTRO CUISINE IN BOSTON
Boston, Massachusetts - The Beacon Hill Hotel is a downtown boutique located on the gas-lit streets and brick sidewalks of Beacon Hill. The modern, yet classic Bistro environment is the perfect complement to the cuisine of Executive Chef Joshua Lewin. Josh crafts menus calling on contemporary and traditional French bistro cuisine, with a special emphasis on local organic production from New England farmers. The fireplace bar is the perfect beginning (or ending) to any evening. The Bistro serves late-night dinners until 11:00 p.m. for the after-theater, symphony, film crowd and romantics. Phone (617) 723-7575
Web: http://www.beaconhillhotel.com
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