courtesy of AMA Waterways
Explore some of the most famous wine regions in the world with AMA Waterways this Fall and experience the traditional culture and soul of each destination. You are invited to join a wine expert on one of three exclusive cruises for an immersive week of wining and dining.
Paris and Normandy, departing November 2nd, 2017
"Join lifelong Francophiles that have devoted nearly two decades to the study of Burgundy and Champagne"
Scott & Martha Wright, Wine Cruise Hosts and
Owners, Caveau Wines, Portland, OR
Martha and Scott Wright have been importing limited production Burgundy and Champagne since 2005. Scott is the former GM of Domaine Drouhin Oregon, founded by Burgundy’s Drouhin family, and with his wife, co-founded Scott Paul Wines, one of Oregon’s premier Pinot producers. Scott found his way to wine after a long career in the music industry first as a nationally syndicated radio personality and then as a marketing executive at Epic Records.
A student of Burgundy and Champagne for more than 30 years, Scott looks forward to sharing with you the keys to unlock the mysteries of these two seductive regions. He conducts master-class tastings around the country, has been a featured winemaker at the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC), and conducts annual tours in France for customers.
Scott is featured in the documentary American Wine Story, and is presently co-directing a documentary feature about Burgundy (Three Days of Glory, to be released fall 2017).
Enchanting Rhine, departing November 9th, 2017
"I look forward to hosting some impromptu tasting parties to share the gems we’ll find along the Rhine."— Bob Morus, Wine Cruise Host
Owner & Vintner, Phelps Creek Vineyards, Hood River, OR
Bob Morus founded and serves as President and Director of Winegrowing for Phelps Creek Vineyards. He moved to Hood River in 1989 with the expressed goal of raising wine grapes and kids.
Today, the estate vineyards consist of 30 acres.
When not tending the vines or overseeing all production aspects, Bob commands a Boeing 777 in international operations for a major airline.
Romantic Danube, departing November 15th, 2017
"You’ll learn so much every day that will further your passion for wine and travel."— Anna Marie Dos Remedios, Idle Hour Winery
Anna Marie Dos Remedios
Co-Owner and Winemaker, Idle Hour Winery, Oakhurst CA
Anna Marie dos Remedios began making wine in 2007, focusing on small lot, single-vineyard designated wines from some of California’s best wine grape growing regions.
She studied at the prestigious UC Davis winemaking program to better understand the chemistry of wine and winemaking. Anna Marie and partner Deb Payne started Idle Hour Winery focusing on traditional methods, native yeast fermentation, gravity flow racking and use of neutral French Oak barrels. The result is an elegance and freshness which are the hallmarks of the smooth and subtle Idle Hour vintages. The winery is located in Oakhurst, just outside the south entrance to Yosemite National Park.
The site is home to both the Idle Hour Winery and Queen’s Inn by the River, an 8 room boutique hotel with wine bar and beer garden. I
dle Hour Winery opened a tasting room in Carmel Valley in the heart of Monterey County last year to promote their Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs as well.
Published on Monday, June 19, 2017
Marriott changes booking cancellation policy
Marriott has doubled the notice period required to cancel a booking to 48 hours.
Customers must now give two days' notice of a cancelled booking or pay out a hefty fee equivalent to a one-night stay.
Previously guests could cancel up to the day before check-in without penalty.
The new policy is applicable to all hotels in the Marriott portfolio, in the US, Canada, Caribbean and Latin America.
This includes brands which were acquired from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, but does not include the independent Design Hotels or Marriott Vacation Worldwide properties.
"Guests will now be required to cancel their room reservation by midnight 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid a fee," Marriott said in a statement.
"Because cancellation policies vary by hotel and for certain events and rates, customers should always check the cancellation policy that applies at the time of booking," it added.
The company says the change will help to cut down on 'a significant number of unsold rooms' due to last minute cancellations.
The Best Island Honeymoon Destinations On Earth
06/09/2017 06:48 am ET | Updated 3 days ago Courtney Lambert Writer, Traveler
The wedding is over, the guests have gone home and the rings on you and your partner’s entwined fingers are glistening. Just married, you stare into each other’s eyes; thoughts of tan skin, sand between toes and pina coladas at an infinity pool fills the imagination, and the wanderlust begins to kick in.
It’s time to escape to paradise as newlyweds, but with so many options to choose from, what are the best island honeymoon destinations? These 5 islands never disappoint, from beautiful nature and exotic adventure to luxury and of course- plenty of romance.
Island life can be enjoyed all over the world, but when it comes to romantic islands, it’s hard to compete with Mauritius, located just off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It’s called “Paradise Island” for a reason; you’ll drink in the seemingly unreal beauty of endless white sand beaches and marvel at water of every blue shade, but what makes Mauritius stand out are the adventures that allow you to really soak in the local culture and explore this untouched jewel. Comb favorite shorelines such as Grand Bay, Pereybere and Belle Mare to get that postcard appeal. When relaxing gives way to exploration, nix expensive taxis and rent a car- Mauritius is known for its capable motorway that takes you through lush sugarcane plantations and bustling markets. Visit the village of Charamel for the infamous “Seven Colored Earth” and the highest waterfall on the island.
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
Looking for complete peace and relaxation? Then consider Koh Yao Noi for your honeymoon- It is amongst the quietest islands in Thailand. Translating to “Small Long Island”, it’s located just a 30 minute speed boat ride from Phuket, and travel time is a breeze from Bangkok to Phuket National Airport. Koh Yao Noi is for couples seeking that solitude and tranquility you think of when it comes to a deserted tropical island, as it’s far different from other popular, tourist-laden beaches of Thailand. You won’t find backpackers, bars blasting dance music or traffic jams. Instead, it’s just you and your significant other, the balmy weather and the paradise Thailand is world famous for.
Maui has consistently been rated as one of the top islands for a honeymoon, and for good reason- it’s got everything you need to plan a quick getaway without sacrificing luxury, adventure or stunning tropical scenery. It has something for every couple in terms of island resorts, with popular areas including Ka’anapali in West Maui (which has a plethora of options), Wailea (for couples seeking something more upscale), Makena and Kapalua. Embrace the “aloha spirit” Hawaii is known for, enjoying every day living in the present and sharing life energy with the person you love more than anything in the world. Explore Maui’s infinite beauty by snorkeling with sea turtles, hiking to a waterfall or taking an evening sunset cruise.
January through May is the best time to visit the “Spice Island”, when honeymooners can count on warm, dry weather to get the most out of what this Caribbean dreamland has to offer. Grenada is known for its excellent sailing conditions, and it’s popular to charter a yacht or roll in on-board your own. Besides sailing, the island boasts 40 white sand and black sand beaches that will give you that salt and sun satisfaction you crave. Hike through thick rain forest at Grand Etang National Park or relax away in the lap of luxury with numerous honeymoon packages to choose from.
Koh Samui, Thailand
If you’re looking for a more well-known honeymoon destination that still takes you and your partner to an exotic part of the world, Koh Samui is the land for love, with exceptional options and packages available, from planning a destination wedding in Thailand to booking an all inclusive honeymoon with plenty of romance. This island has a little something for everyone. Ride a songthaew to see the Big Buddha Temple at the Northernmost point and enjoy the spectacular scenery along the way. For nature buffs, there are incredible rock formations to ogle, waterfalls to cool off in and walking trails to explore at Na Muang Safari Park, as well as scuba diving and snorkeling at Ang Thong National Marine Park. If you enjoy a bit of party time, Chaweng is a popular area to grab a drink, while Lamai allows you to lay back in a hammock and enjoy the Thai tropical bliss with a fresh coconut.
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Hashtag simplifies your wedding planning, because it organizes all photos on social media for you.
As you begin to wind down and relax post-wedding, chances are you’re curious to see some scenes from the big day. Your professional photos won’t arrive for anywhere from two to six weeks, and you know you’ll want to relive the day sooner than that.
Luckily, your guests (and maybe even you!) will have snapped and posted shots to social media throughout the day, offering a glimpse of behind-the-scenes and informal shots.
Poking around individual accounts for photos, however, is not an ideal way to spend the day. The solution? Create a wedding hashtag. On the outset, it might seem like an unnecessary addition to our planning: it’s one more thing to keep track of and one more direction to give your guests. In fact the hashtag simplifies your planning, because it organizes all photos on social media for you. No more hunting down photos by searching social media accounts one-by-one or haranguing friends for the pictures they took. Sure, you’re likely to be tagged in some photos, but the hashtag can gather all your photos—even those at the bridal shower and engagement party—under one easily searchable tagline.
Hashtags are also just fun to use. Your guests will love adding a witty tagline to the pictures they take (and chances are they’ll want to look through photos from the day too).
Keep in Mind
By Krisanne Fordham, CNN - updated 11:18 AM ET, Tue May 23, 2017
(CNN) - There's certainly nothing wrong with the classic wine country experience: tours through the barrel-filled cellars, tastings overlooking the lush, rolling vineyards.
But once you've been there and done that, it might be time to try something a little -- or a lot -- less traditional.
From underwater wine cellars in Croatia to wine-tasting cabanas in Sonoma, we've handpicked 10 wineries around the globe that are taking wine tourism to a whole new level.
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Staying In Touch With AC Rouge
Posted on May 15, 2017 -- 0 Comments
Staying in touch… Air Canada Rouge has begun offering high-speed, satellite Internet aboard its Airbus A319 aircraft.
According to officials, Rouge passengers now have access to the fastest Internet service available on a Canadian airline, giving them the ability to e-mail, stream video and music, surf the web and more while flying.
“Air Canada was the first Canadian carrier to offer customers in-flight connectivity and today, we are pleased to extend this service on Air Canada Rouge,” said Benjamin Smith, president, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “High-speed Internet is another great on-board entertainment option for our customers and strengthens Air Canada Rouge’s promise to provide a wonderful beginning and ending to any vacation.”
Air Canada plans to complete installation of the Internet service on all Rouge A321 and Boeing 767-300ER aircraft by the end of 2018. Pricing packages will be available so customers can choose a level of service that suits their individual needs.
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