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Berks Jazz Fest Draws Best in Nation to Greater Reading, Pennsylvania
Reading, Pennsylvania – The 23rd Annual Boscov´s Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania, will feature some of the biggest and best names in jazz, blues, gospel, big band and pop. Crystal Seitz, President of Go Greater Reading, said the Berks Jazz Fest is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation and will run from April 5 through April 14. More than 30 major concerts are currently scheduled at various venues around Greater Reading during the 10-day event.

Mankato Offers Unique Runs for Anyone from Zombies to Gorilla
Mankato, Minnesota - In Mankato, we pride ourselves on being a community that promotes wellness to all. When you look at our spring races you’ll see what we mean. Go bananas at the Mankato Gorilla Fun Run on April 20, 2013. Run, walk or jog 2.4 miles in a gorilla costume while chasing a banana. The Mankato Zombie Run is on April 27, 2013. People can register to be a runner or a Zombie. The race is a 5K through the woods of Mount Kato. Runners will travel through three large undead zones where the Zombies have taken over.
Details: Phone: 507.385.6660

6th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, March 22 & 23, 2013
The 7th Annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, produced by The Trigger Agency, is returning to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium on March 22 & 23, 2013. The all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza starts Friday Night from 6:00pm – 10:00pm. This session offers all inclusive BBQ plus unlimited sampling of bourbon and beer.
Details: Phone: 800-830-3976

Pepper’s ChiliBrew Festival Coming to Cary, North Carolina, Koka Booth Amphitheater, April 6th, 2013
The 2nd Annual Pepper’s ChiliBrew Festival, produced by The Trigger Agency, is coming to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, North Carolina (near Raleigh) on April 6, 2013. At the event, guests can taste over 75 craft beers, try 10+ types of gourmet chili served by great Triangle restaurants and catering companies.

6th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns to the National Harbor, Maryland
The 6th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns to the National Harbor Waterfront, Maryland, on the Potomac on Saturday, May 4th & Sunday, May 5th, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The event is totally tent-covered in a beautiful outdoor setting on the banks of the Potomac River and surrounded by the National Harbor hotels, restaurants and shops. This year’s festival will include over 150 International wines, spirits and beers featured along with local and regional favorites.
Details: Phone (800) 830-3976.

What's the big Dill? Find out at the North Carolina Pickle Festival
Mount Olive, NC—Join thousands of fellow pickle lovers at the North Carolina Pickle Festival on Saturday, April 27. The day features three stages of live entertainment, pickles, antique cars and tractors, carnival rides, pickles, a one-ring circus, clowns, pickle poetry and art, children’s games and activities, food, arts and crafts, a pickle treasure hunt, did we say pickles?
Details: Phone: 919-658-3113

Hotel Blackhawk in Davenport, Iowa, Named Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Property
Davenport, Iowa – Hotel Blackhawk management is pleased to announce its recognition February 26th in Los Angeles, California, as a 2013 Recommended Property by the Forbes Travel Guide – one of 24 hotels to earn the title. The hotel retains its 98-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.
Details: Phone: 563-322-5000

Fifth Annual Winter Park, Florida, Paint Out - April 21-27, 2013
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens hosts the Fifth Annual Winter Park Paint Out during the last week of April 2013, in Winter Park, Florida. Twenty-five of the finest “plein air” artists will be painting throughout Winter Park and Orlando capturing lush landscapes, urban cityscapes, and treasured local landmarks. See recently completed works, watch artists painting in the gardens, and to attend free painting demonstrations.

Enjoy a Sunset Sail, Snorkel, or Private Chef Dinner along the Kohala coast of Hawaii aboard the elegant 50-foot sailing yacht, Maile
Kamuela, Hawaii - Come and discover the magic of sailing along the sun drenched Kohala coast of Hawaii Island with Maile Charters. Watch for whales and dolphins, snorkel with turtles, marvel at the soft feel of the turquoise water on your skin, fish, enjoy appetizers as you savor the sunset, learn to sail, or sit back and relax and let yourself be captured by the beauty of the island.

Boulder Outdoor Survival School Celebrates 45 Years of Wilderness Courses
Boulder, Utah - The Boulder Outdoor Survival School has built a reputation around the world by offering clients age 18 to 80 a unique experience: immersive, hands-on wilderness training. Full information about courses, including dates and prices, can be found on the school’s website. For special media rates, please contact Jenny Stein directly via e-mail.
Details: Phone: 800-335-7404

Aloft Balloon Festival Soaring to New Heights May 24-27 in Simpsonville, South Carolina
Simpsonville, SC - Simpsonville, South Carolina, is a mecca for hot air balloon pilots and fans of ballooning. From May 24 - 27, 2013, Aloft, the re-engineered festival of flight, music and community, will offer adventurous attractions including a craft beer biergarten which may include a pub crawl of tasting. Festival-goers may also be surprised to find a zipline adventure, aerobatics, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding and other unique experiences on tap for this year's festival.
Details: Phone: 864-288-0025

Best of Southeast Asia - Luxurious Journey By First Cabin Travel
21-Day custom luxury tour to Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Burma, accompanied by Robert Kenyon, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and president of First Cabin Travel on his 32nd return to Southeast Asia. A cyclo ride whisks you across the "36-streets" of colonial Hanoi, the gateway city for an incredible journey, Event Date: Oct. 21 to Nov. 3, 2013; Nov. 25 to Dec 15, 2013; Jan. 13 to Feb. 02, 2014.
Details: Phone: 1-800-752-3302

Sun Valley, Idaho, Summer Symphony Concert Series
Sun Valley, Idaho -- The Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the largest privately funded free-admission orchestra in America, presents 15 classical concerts in 24 days, July 28 - August 20, in a breathtaking mountain setting. In the beautiful resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, 115 musicians from the country’s top orchestras—the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Houston Symphony among them.

Fifth Annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort March 15 – 17, 2013
Hardyston, NJ – A celebration of the world’s best wines and top chefs from the Northeast, the fifth annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort takes place March 15 – 17, 2013. This year, the Festival welcomes James Beard Award-winning Chef José Andrés as the Guest of Honor. Held at Crystal Springs Resort, the weekend’s events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers and fellow wine aficionados.

St. Patty’s Day Weekend Package on the North Carolina Coast
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina - Let the Winds Resort get you into the Irish Spirit with their St. Patty’s Day Weekend Package, March 15 to 17, 2013. Rate: $311.00 for two nights. On its own private island, the Winds Resort Beach Club, connected by a bridge to the mainland, seems eons away from the Myrtle Beach crowds, but is only 20 minutes in driving distance.
Details:, Phone: (910) 579-6275

Monthly Chef's Table offers 8-10 Courses with Wine Pairing at Pennsylvania’s AAA Four Diamond Inn, The French Manor
Pennsylvania, Pocono Mountains, South Sterling - The French Manor, rated Four Diamonds by AAA for both the accommodations and restaurant for 9 consecutive years, offers award-winning lodging and dining in an enchanting stone chateau. The Chef's table is an 8-10 course dinner created by executive chef, Jeff Huntzinger. He personally explains each course as they are served and the reasons why he combines certain ingredients and textures.
Details: Phone: (570) 676-3244
Celebrating 40 Years of Gay Travel
Key West, Florida - 2013 marks 40 years since Hanns Ebensten ran the first ever all-gay-men’s-tours. HE Travel, the umbrella company that comprises Hanns Ebensten Travel and Alyson Adventures is celebrating their 40th year as the original gay tour operator. To celebrate their company’s 40th anniversary, HE Travel is offering their first ever gay multi-sport tour of Miami’s South Beach, the Florida Keys and Key West. This tour is comprised of a variety of thrilling activities that highlight a new location in the Florida Keys Archipelago each day.
Details: Phone: 305-294-8174
Gatlinburg’s Buckhorn Inn Celebrates 75th Anniversary
Gatlinburg, TN - The Buckhorn Inn has planned a year of exciting and engaging celebrations for their guests—gala dinners reminiscent of different periods in the life of the inn, collecting memories from guests about their favorite visit to the inn to be published at the end of the year, release of a third cookbook, bridge tournaments, a month of mountain music, a discussion series about the natural and cultural history of the Smokies, arts and crafts exhibits and demonstrations and more.
Details: Phone: 865 436 4668
Honor our Military Hero’s at the Rock Cottage Gardens B&B Inn Weddings
Eureka Springs, Arkansas - The Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast Inn is proud to recognize our military service members by offering an everyday 15% discount off of lodging and wedding packages and a buy one get one free night on Veterans Day.  Known for having private romantic cottages, an excellent breakfast, an on-site wedding chapel, and close walking proximity to downtown historic Eureka Springs. Built in 1935 from local Ozark rocks, the cottages served as a motor court along the Route 66 travel route.
Details: Phone: 479 253 8659
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