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Romance is in the Air – Valentine’s Day Travel Offers from Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels

The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) January 30, 2015

The two signature portfolios of Benchmark Hospitality International®, a leading U.S.-based hospitality management company, have announced their Valentine’s Day travel offers, packages, promotions and events.

Select hotels within the Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels ® portfolio will offer the following for traveling Valentine’s:

-LEED Platinum Certified Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Yountville, in the heart of California’s Napa Valley, will launch its new Savvy. Sexy. Sublime. Romance Package this Valentine’s Day, which includes luxurious overnight suite accommodations, a welcome bottle of Billecart-Salmon Sparkling Rosé Champagne, romantic candles and Tara bath salts for the room’s magnificent oversized soaking tub for two, and a copy of The Quiz Book for Couples, so that they may learn even more about one another. Couples may enhance their stay by adding a private, in-room Couple’s Massage.

-Situated on pristine and quiet beaches in a charming artsy town, Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach offers its Book Your Love in Vero Package this Valentine’s Day, which includes a two-night stay, two Welcome Mojitos, breakfast for two each morning and a DUO Signature Couples Massage in its world-class spa, along with complimentary parking and resort fee.

-Hotel Arista in the pristine Chicago suburb of Naperville, Illinois will offer its customizable K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) Package this Valentine’s Day. In addition to overnight accommodations and a nightly turndown service with heart shaped rose petals, guests may choose one of the following togetherness experiences: Golf the world’s best courses at Tap In Pub & Carvery, an hour of HD golf time in a cozy indoor golfing lounge, club rental, and a $ 50.00 food and beverage credit; a Cupid’s Cocktail Pedicure for Two, enjoy a sweet treat for the feet and favorite lavAzza beverage as feet are pampered to perfection; OR a Candlelight dinner for two in Sugar Toad, the perfect evening for foodies and featuring a fashionable Valentine’s menu for two.

-Inn at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego offers its Ultimate Wedding Proposal Package. Starting at $ 1,789, this package includes one-night accommodation, bottle of Veuve Clicquot and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, dinner at Morada (up to $ 100), daily breakfast for two (up to $ 50), and a private hot-air balloon ride during which to pop the question.

-Marenas Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach wants couples to #GetHappy and remember what it was like to be spontaneous, playful and full of smiles this Valentine’s Day. As part of their #GetHappy Package, couples are invited to fly their very own Marenas Sky Soaring signature kite along the Miami Beach coastline and enjoy 20% off Best Available Rate on Ocean and Bay 1 and 2 Bedroom Suites, a welcome gift, two signature welcome cocktails and a $ 100 Food & Beverage credit.

-Naples Bay Resort & Marina in Naples, Florida pampers the body and soul, this Valentine’s Day, with its signature Relaxation Journey for Two. This extravagant, spa experience for two, includes a side-by-side, 50-minute massage in the resort’s luxurious couples’ salon suite. Dry, winter skin is repaired with melted shea butter and warmed massage oil, blended together for the ultimate skin conditioning treatment. Couples will never want to leave. The Relaxation Journey for Two at Naples Bay Resort & Marina is $ 200.

-Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando offers its Play Around Package – romance, perfectly packaged for golfers and/or relaxation buffs alike. Guests are invited to customize this package to fit their lifestyle and may choose an in-suite couples massage, a couples round of golf, or let separation make the heart grow fonder and choose a round of golf for one and an in-suite massage for the other. Then play around in suite with a bottle of champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries.

-Willows Lodge, a favorite Pacific Northwest retreat in Woodinville Wine Country located 30 minutes East of Seattle, will offer the Do Not Disturb Romance Package this Valentine’s Day, featuring its signature In-Tub Dining experience: a drawn bath complete with bubbles and floating rose petals, a tray topped with chocolate dipped strawberries, and a Willows Lodge Signature Dessert. While guests enjoying their meal at Barking Frog restaurant, hotel staff draws the bath and arranges the signature dessert in-room, timing everything perfectly for the guests’ imminent post-dinner arrival. The package also includes luxurious accommodations, a $ 100 dining credit at the Barking Frog restaurant, Champagne for two, romantic lighting and a soothing CD.

Select hotels within the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® will offer the following this Valentine’s Day:

-Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida offers its Bonaventure Romance Package at a nearly 60% savings with rates from just $ 269. This package includes a complimentary upgrade to a suite, welcome Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, a Romance Gift, breakfast for two at Banyan’s, a 20% discount on spa treatments and guaranteed late check-out of 3 p.m. The Bonaventure sits on 23-lush tropical acres, where guests may enjoy a 1/2 mile nature trail, four outdoor pools, AAA Four Diamond Ireland’s Steakhouse, and aLaya Spa, as well as the neighboring PGA golf course, Weston Tennis Center, Sawgrass Mills Mall, and Everglades eco-adventures.

-For the entire month of February, Santa Cruz’s only Four Diamond resort Chaminade Resort & Spa on California’s Central Coast is rewarding its favorite couples with its An Affair to Remember Package. Starting at just $ 229, the package includes overnight accommodations for two (10% off Our Best Available Rate), a welcome romance amenity at check-in – chocolates, spa candle, flower posey; two glasses of champagne & an appetizer to share in Linwood’s Bar & Grill; and wine tasting for two at local winery MJA Vineyards.

-The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga’s only full-service AAA Four Diamond hotel, showcases its Lover’s Delight Romance Package, offered throughout February for the couple seeking the ultimate in romantic getaways. The luxurious package includes overnight accommodations in one of The Chattanoogan’s premier suites; dinner and wine pairings for two prepared and served in the suite by The Chattanoogan’s chef; bottle of champagne; chocolate-covered strawberries; breakfast in bed; valet parking; and a late checkout of 2 p.m. The package is priced at $ 599 per couple.

-This Valentine’s Day, Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado has designed a package that sits somewhere between romantic and seductively sexy. With its A Romantic Affair package, guests may enhance the standard overnight package with an ensemble of additional experiences that range from a romantic turndown or mountain-view dinner to a sexy boudoir portrait session at L Boudoir Studio. This package starts at $ 109 and will be available the entire month of February.

-Eaglewood Resort & Spa, Chicagoland’s Four Diamond resort and spa, invites guests to leave the winter chill behind and snuggle up at Eaglewood with its Valentine’s Dream Package, a pre-planned package takes the stress out of getting away from it all. It includes a deluxe overnight golf view room, a personalized bottle of Sparkling Pink Champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries; two 60-minute Swedish massages in the Resort’s Wellness SPA; two complimentary beverages, a romantic menu selection for a couples dinner for two served fire-side; music and dancing each evening; breakfast for two and a late check-out of 2 p.m.

-The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and the only hotel on the Virginia Tech campus, is offering its Sweet Romance Package, which includes a guest room for two, strawberries and champagne (or sparkling cider), breakfast for two in Preston’s Restaurant, and late checkout…or guests may make their stay extra special by choosing The Preston’s Package which includes all the amenities of the Sweet Romance Package, plus an elegant dinner for two in Preston’s Restaurant. Nestled between the breathtaking Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, couples will enjoy the quiet comforts of home in Southwest Virginia.

-Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao offer its “I Do” Again Package where guests are invited to renew their vows and reinvigorate romance with a personalized ceremony on the beach. This special package starts at $ 339 per night per couple and includes luxurious room accommodations, Vow Renewal Ceremony Planned by its own Wedding Coordinator featuring: Professional Photographer, Champagne Toast, Bouquet & Boutonniere, Ceremony Officiant and a special turndown service the evening of the ceremony.

-West Virginia’s only AAA Four Diamond resort, Stonewall Resort in Roanoke will offer its Romantic Rendezvous package on February 13th and February 14th. Starting at just $ 289 per couple, this package includes overnight accommodations, a deluxe dinner buffet for two in Stillwaters, two complimentary drinks, live entertainment in TJ Muskies each evening, a chocolate dessert plate and bottle of champagne delivered to the room and breakfast for two in Stillwaters.

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Save a Bundle When Buying a Brompton Folding Bike

After many hours sifting and trying to figure out which type of folding bike to buy, I decided on the Brompton range of folding bikes. The reviews and feedback I had received from many sources only confirmed my decision.

With the hard part over, i.e., choosing the type and model etc., my next challenge was how could I buy a Brompton bike and get the best deal possible. I know Brompton cycles are not the cheapest folding bikes, but I have always believed that investing in quality always pays off in the long run, a rule that has served me well.

If you are thinking of buying a Brompton folding bike, or any bike for that matter, I hope that following tips below will be of some help and hopefully save you some cash.

Step 1: Do your research online: I was able to research and find many dealers online with only a few clicks using Google. Once you have found dealers online, make a list of the following: Name, address (nearest store), folding bikes in stock and prices.

Step 2: Once you have your list, go and visit the closest two or three. At each store try and test drive as many models as possible. remember at this stage you are not buying the bike, only finding the right model for you. Don’t be persuaded to buy at this stage, but do feel free to ask what the best deal they can offer you is. A point to note: Lots of dealers will have fantastic sales on last years bikes, so i would seriously consider buying a year old model.

Step 3: You should now be certain on the exact bike you would like. Go back to the sites you found online and find your model. Be sure to check out the various promotions and current sales on each site. Find the cheapest one and check the delivery costs.

Step 4: Make your purchase and get ready to enjoy your new Brompton folding bike, yahoo!

I was able to save myself about 50% of the original price using Evans Cycles. They have a price match guarantee, free delivery on U.K. orders and they were having an online sale at the time on 2008 models. The service was excellent and my bike arrived a few days after i placed my order.

Although the steps above are pretty straight forward, you will be surprised how many cyclists fail to use the Internet to get great deals when buying a bike. So do your research, and you too will get a great deal on a new cycle.

Greg Storey is a folding bike enthusiast, and enjoys the outdoors.


American Quilters Society Awards over $50,000 to Contest Winners at QuiltWeek

Albuquerque, NM, (PRWEB) January 15, 2015

American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce the winners of the AQS Quilt Contest. Over $ 50,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners at AQS QuiltWeek® – Albuquerque, NM, taking place from January 14-17, at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

As part of the American Quilter’s Society’s celebration of quilting excellence, the contest recognizes the skill and creativity of today’s quilt makers, as artists compete in the AQS Quilt Contest for more than $ 50,000 in cash awards. Entries come from around the world to compete in 13 different categories.

This year’s winners come from three different countries and twenty-one different states. These winning quilts will astound the 15,000 quilters expected to visit AQS QuiltWeek® in Albuquerque, New Mexico this week.

The AQS Quilt Contest Prize Winners are as follows:

Best of Show Award

#239     STARS ON MARS, Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchison, Minong, IL

Best Wall Quilt Award

#627     A POCKET FULL OF PAISLEYS, Lorilynn King, Longmont, CO

Best Use of Color Award

#233     BYRNE’S SPIRAL, Beth Nufer and Clem Buzick, Brookings, OR

Best Original Design Award

#705     THE BIRDS’ PERSPECTIVE—LIFE AT THE WATER’S EDGE, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA

Best Hand Quilted Award

#306     DREAMTIME, Antonia Hering, Hoorn, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Best Home Machine Quilted Award

#115     SNOW FLOWERS, Susan Stewart, Pittsburg, KS

Best Longarm/Midarm Workmanship Award

#209     MAJESTIC MOSAIC, Karen Kay Buckley and Renae Haddadin, Carlisle, PA

Large Quilts – Home Machine Quilted

First                     #108     LIFE EVERLASTING, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA

Second                 #107     SOLITAIRE, Connie Griner, Burlington, NC

Third                     #104     AUNT MIMI’S FLOWER GARDEN II, Elsie Campbell, Ponca City, OK

Hon. Mention #116     NO L, Janet Stone, Overland Park, KS

Large Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted

First                     #243     TINK’S CHOICE, Laura Trenbeath, Fishersville, VA

Second                 #245     I DREAM OF WILD HORSES, Kris Vierra, Lincoln, NE

Third                     #201     RED FEATHERS, Marilyn Badger and Claudia Clark Myers, St. George, UT

Hon. Mention #234     SPIRIT, Georgia Spalding Pierce, Seattle, WA

Hand Quilted Quilts

First                     #314     MY VERSION OF A PERSIAN, Christine Wickert, Penfield, NY

Second                 #307     ZERUAH’S LEGACY, Barbara Korengold, Chevy Chase, MD

Third                     #313     HERALDS OF SPRING, Joann Webb, Grain Valley, MO

Hon. Mention #302     TULIP SERENADE, Barbara Clem, Rockford, IL

Wall Quilts – Home Machine Quilted

First                     #423     CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Pauline Salzman, Treasure Island, FL

Second                 #418     THE DANCER, Joyce O’Connell, Courtice, Ontario, Canada

Third                     #403     TANGLED GARDEN, Janet Davis, Alamosa, CO

Hon. Mention #409     TOGETHER WE DANCE, Patsy Heacox, Green Valley, AZ

Wall Quilts – Longarm Machine Quilted

First                     #506     FROM THE BRIDE’S TROUSSEAU, Margaret Solomon Gunn, Gorham, ME

Second                 #503     COSMOS, Sandy Clark, Fresno, CA

Third                     #510     THE SHELL COLLECTOR, Bethanne Nemesh, Allentown, PA

Hon. Mention #508     WONDERLUST, Karen Marchetti, Port St. Lucie, FL

Wall Quilts – Non-Traditional

First                     #630     DANCING CRANES, Kathy McNeil, Tulalip, WA

Second                 #616     SECOND ENCOUNTER, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO

Third                     #622     AMERICAN BISON, Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA

Hon. Mention #625     OCTOPUS’S GARDEN, Terri Jones, Springfield, MO

Wall Quilts – Landscape

First                     #703     SUNSET SENTINEL, Cathy Geier, Waukesha, WI

Second                 #702     DAWN, Rachel Derstine, Schwenksville, PA

Third                     #704     INDIAN SUMMER SUNSET, Shirley Gisi, Colorado Springs, CO

Hon. Mention #701     PORTLANDIA ON MY MIND, Andrea Brokenshire, Round Rock, TX

All of the winning quilts, as well as the semi-finalist works, will be on display at Albuquerque Convention Center for the remainder of the week. In addition, AQS QuiltWeek® will be hosting a number of other special exhibits, workshops with some of the top talent in the quilt industry, and an extensive merchant mall comprised of both local and national vendors.

Admission to AQS QuiltWeek® is $ 14 per day and tickets can be purchased at the door. Multi-day tickets are available. Hours are Wednesday, January 14 through Friday, January 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ticket and additional information can be found at or by calling 1-270-898-7903.

About the American Quilter’s Society

The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For 30 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice, through a broad suite of products—magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs. At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, the creatively-minded individual can take their quilting projects beyond what even they had imagined. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS; the best in quilt artistry select AQS events to display their work; the newest quilters learn from the knowledge and inspiration of AQS members. For more information on the American Quilter’s Society, please visit or call 1-270-898-7903.

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gI_89268_Notting%20Hill Prepares Festive Deals in London for the Notting Hill Carnival

Singapore (PRWEB) July 31, 2013, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), is celebrating the arrival of the annual Notting Hill Carnival with budget-saving deals on hotels in London’s celebrated Notting Hill neighborhood. This year the celebration takes place on August 25 and 26.

Widely known for its historical architecture, fashionable stores and trendy restaurants, it’s sometimes hard to believe that Notting Hill was once known as “the Piggies,” due to the high number of pig farms in the area. However, in the mid-1800s it began the slow transformation into a residential neighborhood for the expanding city, and soon became home to a large population of Caribbean immigrants, whose rich culture helped shape its development. The mid- 20th century was not so kind, however, as the area became known for widespread crime and slum conditions, but in the decades since then it has grown and evolved into a chic and upscale residential destination.

The carnival that takes its name from the area began in 1959, when a woman named Claudia Jones organized an indoor celebration as a positive counterweight to recent riots and to encourage community spirit. The party caught on, and was soon being held annually, reflecting the Caribbean culture, art and character that the area is rooted in.

Today, the festival is held on the August bank holiday, considered the unofficial end of summer and the last major holiday before Christmas. Exuberant costumes, world-class musical performances, intricate parade floats and plenty of dancing are on display as over 2 million people stream into the neighborhood to enjoy the festivities over the weekend. There are also plenty of shops, stalls and games set up to ensure that everyone, young or old, has something to see and do.

In its 60-plus years, the Notting Hill Festival has come to be an integral part of London’s multicultural identity, and one of the biggest, most colorful festivals the city has to offer. If you’ve never been, now is the perfect time to check out the fun with great deals at one of the hotels listed below. See you there!

10 Pembridge Gardens by Mondo 4*

Enjoy 10% off. Expires December 31, 2013.

Grand Plaza Serviced Apartments 4*

Enjoy 30% off. Expires August 31, 2013.

So Paddington 3*    

Stay at least 3 nights and enjoy 10% off. Expires October 31, 2013.

The Apartments Notting Hill 4*

Stay at least 7 nights and save USD $ 76 per night. Expires December 31, 2013.

Ravna Gora Hotel 2*

Book at least 21 days in advance for at least 3 nights and save 20%. Expires December 31, 2013.

London Premier Notting Hill Hotel 4*

Enjoy 25% off. Expires December 31, 2013.

Berjaya Eden Park Hotel 3*

Book at least 2 days in advance and enjoy 10% off. Expires December 31, 2013.

Bayswater Inn 3*

Book at least 21 days in advance and enjoy 15% off. Expires June 30, 2014.

Pembridge Palace Hotel 3*

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