Tropical Beauty Delivered To Your Door

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Destination, Memphis, Services, Tennessee

TRAVELHOST of Memphis features Tropical Beauty Delivered To Your Door.  Picture your property with beautiful palm trees gently blowing in the breeze…right here in the Mid-South. Owners Paul and Samuel Johnson have the knowledge and skill to create this wonderful scene right here. What’s more, they will GUARANTEE the palm trees will grow and thrive in your very on yard. Through their 45 years of experience in the landscaping business, they have developed the know-how to bring in only the hardiest of palm trees and plant them correctly for lasting enjoyment.

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At their business headquarters in Marion, AR (just off of I-55), you can see for yourself the tropical plants and trees growing on their property. You can also see the trees, of all sizes, ready to be delivered to your home or place of business. Palm Source is a full service landscaping business that can create just the look you desire for a yard that will be the envy of the neighborhood. If you spend a little time with owners Samuel and Paul Johnson, you get the impression that they have the vision and initiative to get the job done and get it completed to your satisfaction.

We have Years of Experience, the Hardiest of Palm Trees and we Guarantee the Palm Trees will grow and thrive.

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Welcome to Downtown Lancaster

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, Entertainment, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Dutch Country

TRAVELHOST of South Central Pennsylvania features Welcome to Downtown Lancaster.  With cooling weather, changing leaves and festive autumn events – this is a great time to visit the City of Lancaster.

Celebrate Lancaster County’s harvest at Lancaster Central Market – the oldest continuously operating farmers marketing in the country – at its annual Harvest Breakfast on October 5th.   Enjoy music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations and food tastings.  Throughout the year, you can find fresh produce, flowers and seasonal treats.  Central Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
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You won’t want to pass up a visit to Lancaster’s Eastern Market, a fantastic local market offering produce, fresh greens, and multicultural cuisine.  Eastern Market, located at 308 East King Street, is open Saturday mornings, 9am – 2pm, until October 26.

Art lovers will not want to miss First Fridays in the City of Lancaster.  With over 90 art venues concentrated in Lancaster’s charming Downtown district First Fridays are a great way to experience the city’s creative side.  For a full listing of First Friday venues, visit www.lancasterarts.com.

Plus don’t miss the annual Fall ArtWalk weekend – art, craft, theater and music in the City of Lancaster.  This free event is held October 5 & 6 features fine art shows and sales, events and performances.  For more information on Fall ArtWalk visit www.lancasterartwalk.org.

If live music is what you’re looking for, visit Downtown every third Friday of the Month for Music Friday.  Listen to live music while you shop at unique boutiques and galleries and dine at one of the many Downtown restaurants.

And don’t miss the City’s kickoff of the holiday season on Black Friday, November 29th with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting, Tuba Christmas and the arrival of Santa Claus.  This event also kicks-off Downtown’s Holiday activities including horse drawn carriage rides, photos with Santa and a tremendous model train display. Visit www.lancastercityevents.com for your guide to holiday events, activities and shopping.

Among the variety of attractions and events, you will find over 200 distinctive shops and boutiques with one-of-a-kind items that you can’t find anywhere else.  Complete your visit with a meal or treat at one of the numerous excellent Downtown restaurants that offer menus from casual to fine dining. Whether you are looking for sophisticated or funky, retro or edgy, antique or contemporary, you will find it in the City of Lancaster.

Please visit www.DowntownLancaster.com for list of attractions, shops, events and more.

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Post, Texas

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, Destination, Texas, West Texas

TRAVELHOST of West Texas features Post, Texas.
In Post, we like to say that when you visit our town, you’re in for some wide-open fun! Just below the edge of the Caprock of the Llano Estacado at the crossroads of US Hwy 84 and 380 you’ll find our vibrant community founded over 100 years ago by cereal magnate C. W. Post.  We’d love to have you come for a visit, but you might want to plan to stay a night or two…there’s plenty to entertain you.

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Post City Trade the first Saturday of every month continues the trade day tradition in Post. This event brings vendors of all types to our already bustling Main Street. But you don’t have to wait for Trade Day to do some serious shopping.  The brick street of our historic Main Street is lined with a dozen or so permanent shops including antiques, jewelry, home décor and fashion, a book store, a Christmas store, and some cool stuff that defies description.
If cultural tourism is your thing, you’ll love Post!  Ragtown Gospel Theater, tucked under the edge of the Caprock just northwest of town, presents gospel music and live Biblical drama in a 400-seat theater. The Tower Theatre, on Main Street, boasts first-run weekend movies.
The OS Museum on Main Street houses the eclectic, private collection of the Giles C. McCrary family.  The collection is exhibited in space that was once C. W. Post’s land and cattle company office and includes pieces from an American Indian collection to the beauty of Faberge’ from Russia. The Garza County Historical Museum is housed in the building that was originally the hospital that C. W. Post built.  The two-stories are packed with the history of Post and Garza County.
Adjacent to the historical museum you’ll find The Heritage House, a reclaimed two-story house that once served as a boarding house for the nurses who worked at the hospital.  The Heritage House is the perfect setting for family reunions, special parties – large and small, business conferences and weddings.
There’s plenty of opportunity for some world-class hunting in the area surrounding Post and just 20 minutes down the road, you can enjoy all the fun that Lake Alan Henry has to offer. White River Lake is just 30 minutes away and offers camping, fishing and water sports.
The selection of over-night accommodations in Post gives you a choice between an historical bed and breakfast, lake cabins and three motels with plenty of parking for your boat. And, of course, we’ve got plenty of good eatin’ places, too.
There’s more we could tell you, but it’ll be a lot more fun if you just come on to Post for a visit and experience it all for yourself. Hope to see you soon! For a calendar of events visit www.postcitytexas.com or call the Post Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-866-360-9496.
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Noodles & Company

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Dining

TRAVELHOST of Long Island features Noodles & Company, a premium fast-casual restaurant chain, brings the world’s most popular, classic noodle and pasta dishes together under one roof to create Your World Kitchen.  Unlike any other, it is a restaurant where Japanese Pan Noodles rest comfortably next to Penne Rosa and Wisconsin Mac & Cheese, but where global flavors don’t end with the noodle.  Inspired by some of the most celebrated flavor combinations in the world, the menu offers appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches, too.  Everything is cooked to order, just as you like it, using quality ingredients.  Dishes are delivered to your table allowing guests time to sit and relax or grab a quick bite – all without the need to tip.  With more than 330 locations, from California and now in Garden City, New York, guests can take a tour of the global menu by visiting www.noodles.com/westburyplaza .  For those craving more, please follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Flickr.

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Only In New Orleans, Top Shops for unique gifts and souvenirs

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, Destination, Lousiana, New Orleans, Shopping

TRAVELHOST of New Orleans features Only In New Orleans, Top Shops for unique gifts and souvenirs. Thar be pirates! Not so much now, but 300 years ago rogues like Jean Lafitte brought treasures into New Orleans and stored them in warehouses along the Mississippi River. Some historians say he also sold the exotic wares from a store on Royal Street, but this and many rumors about the notorious privateer cannot be substantiated. Like any good pirate, he did not leave a paper trail.

Among the many shops on Royal Street still peddling treasures is Forever New Orleans, a charming boutique housing all manner of dazzling baubles. Future booty from your trip to the old port city? Sparkling pens are the gems; gleaming-gold, fleur de lis ornaments the doubloons. In true old-fashioned style, Forever New Orleans features a display of Royal Apothic perfumes in luxurious atomizing “squeeze bulb” bottles packaged in handmade boxes, surrounded by Venetian linen paper and topped with a hand-tied bow. Sounds like exactly the sort of shopping afforded to the highbrow patrons of historic New Orleans.

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A mere inch away on the treasure map that is the French Quarter, just down the block on Rue Royale (as the French called it), sits a little shop of treasures for the culinary-minded, Roux Royale. While Jean Lafitte was famously nabbed for trying to smuggle cinnamon bark bales into New Orleans (the Far East spice being worth the same as gold doubloons at the time), you’ll find the cache du cuisine at Roux Royale is tastier and better priced! They actually do sell roux, as well as étoufée, shrimp creole sauces and so much more that graces the Louisiana table.

Lafitte and his brother Pierre used their station in Barataria Bay to plunder great art bound for the nobility. This loot likely would have been sold at auction in or near New Orleans. Even the earliest of New Orleanians were looking for fine art and a bargain. Nowadays the city offers it legally. Hidden in an alley between N. Peters Street and the Mississippi River, Dutch Alley Artists Co-op’s location may remind shoppers of ill-gotten art trades, but the truth is quite other. The group features locally produced art at fair prices. The Dutch Alley Artists’ Co-op gives up-and-coming artists the chance to showcase what makes art a part of New Orleans history and its future.

Already a “house”-hold name, artist James Michalopoulos salutes the historical architectural past of New Orleans and brings it into the in- demand present. His much sought- after treasures are bright, colorful oil paintings of classic New Orleans shotgun homes that seem to bend and dance, as if drunk on absinthe or spirited by some unheard beat. He is the originator of this now often- simulated, never-duplicated style. Shoppers will find the real deal at the eponymous Michalopoulos Gallery on Bienville Street. Mark an extra big “X” on this spot, as it features two stories of paintings and a not-so- secret stockpile of rum. In New Orleans one of our best-loved artists is also our best-loved rum distiller: Michalopoulos is the creator of Old New Orleans Rum. Pirate Jean Lafitte would approve—with a bottle.

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Visit The Newark Museum for Unexpected Discoveries and Unforgettable Experiences.

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, New Jersey, Newark/NE New Jersey

TRAVELHOST of Northern New Jersey wants you to visit The Newark Museum!

Acornerstone of Newark’s cultural life and renaissance, The Newark Museum is a world-class art, science and education institution conveniently located in the heart of Newark’s Down-town/Arts District, just a short walk from area hotels and the Prudential Center arena. The Museum features 80 galleries designed by award-winning architect Michael Graves with distinguished collections of American painting and sculpture; the arts of Africa and the Americas; Asian art, including a Tibetan Buddhist altar consecrated by His Holiness, the XIV Dalai Lama; and ancient art of Egypt, Greece, Etruria and Rome. The Ballantine House, a Victorian-era mansion, showcases the Museum’s decorative arts collection.

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The Greek Slave, 1847
Hiram Powers, Marble, 65 1/2 x 19 x 19 in.
Gift of Franklin Murphy, Jr. 1926 26.2755

The Newark Museum experience features interactive natural science exhibits including the recently renovated Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium now equipped with high definition projection and surround sound.  In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey, the Museum is presenting City of Silver and Gold, from Tiffany to Cartier featuring the original 1967 Vince Lombardi Trophy from the first NFL championship game, on view now through March 30, 2014. One of the most recognizable objects produced in Newark’s silver-making heyday the trophy, which has become the iconic symbol of the National Football League championship, returns to Newark for the first time since it was won by the Green Bay Packer in 1967.

For general information about the Museum’s permanent collections, featured exhibitions, special programs, directions and more visit NewarkMuseum.org or call 973-596-6550.

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Visit Pagosa Springs for a One-of-a-Kind Winter Experience!

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, Colorado, Destination, Dining, Entertainment, Four Corners, Lodging, Shopping

TRAVELHOST of Four Corners Region wants you to have a memorable stay in Pagosa Springs!

Pick a winter sport – alpine, telemark and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, ice fishing or snowmobiling and combine it with world famous hot springs, an eclectic array of shops and a range of accommodation and restaurant choices and you have the makings of a memorable stay in Pagosa Springs.
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The casual lifestyle, the warm, friendly residents and business owners, and the spectacular mountain scenery combine to make Pagosa Springs one of Colorado’s premier winter destinations at affordable prices.  Wolf Creek Ski Area is one of the best ski values in the state and boasts “The most snow in Colorado”.  Pagosa also has 60K of groomed cross country trails and 100 miles of groomed multi-use trails to satisfy the outdoor enthusiast.

The winter season kicks off the first weekend in December with the Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza with No-Tax sales and super discounts all over town.  The month of December is filled with shopping events, musical and theatrical extravaganzas, and holiday lights and tours galore. Throughout the winter every month you can enjoy a Nordic Moonrise/Sunset cross country ski social complete with a soup and chile supper and s’mores for desert.  Visit the area and participate in an event either at Wolf Creek Ski Area or a Nordic Club sponsored cross country clinic, dog sled clinic or race, or a quadrathlon challenge.
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One of winter’s coldest months brings color, fun and athleticism in the form of WinterFest.  Hot air balloons take to the skies with the stunning snow-capped San Juan Mountains in the background.  Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy Nordic cross-country and skate-ski races, biathlon race and the new 30/60K Ultra Freestyle Ski.  Families can enjoy participating in or watching the Anything Goes Downhill Sled Races or the Rail Jam snowboarding competitions.  The weekend culminates with a contingency of crazy participants jumping into the frigid San Juan River to raise money for non-profit agencies at the Pagosa Penguin Plunge.  Spectators can watch the antics from the downtown Riverwalk while enjoying a hot toddy to keep warm.

Winter is one of the four seasons that must be experienced and preferably in Pagosa Springs where uncommonly blue skies prevail more often than not.  For more information about Pagosa Springs or the winter events, visit us online at www.pagosaspringschamber.com or (800) 252-2204.

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17Hundred90 Restaurant and Pub

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Dining, Georgia, Savannah

TRAVELHOST of Savannah & Tybee Island features 17Hundred90 restaurant and pub, named for the year it was constructed, 17Hundred90, is the city’s oldest restored (and considered one of the most haunted!) inn and restaurant. It has been in service providing an experience and attention to detail without equal since 1968.

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Old Southern Tradition is immediately evident as soon as you enter the restaurant, from the perfectly restored fireplaces to the brick floors throughout the building. The dining area maintains a cozy and inviting environment. With such a warm and elegant ambiance, the authentic beauty of the restaurant can only be outdone by the food itself.

The restaurant’s lunch menu boasts a variety of delicious, lighter options. If you want to experience the city’s culture to the fullest while visiting Savannah, you may choose to enjoy a truly Southern favorite – the Fried Green Tomato BLT. Dinner options are exquisite, as well. With offerings like Oysters Rockefeller, Escargot, and Bacon-Wrapped Scallops, it sure can be a difficult task just choosing which appetizer to try! Be sure to order a bowl of 17Hundred90’s signature crab stew, as well. The dinner options are diverse and sure to please, no matter what you’re in the mood to eat. Choose from among such items as the spicy Jambalaya, a New York Strip topped with a rich bleu cheese sauce, and Salmon Oscar. If there’s any room left, dessert offerings like pecan pie and vanilla bread pudding will not fail to satisfy your sweet tooth. 17Hundred90 also boasts an extensive wine list and a number of delicious cocktails.

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At 17Hundred90, you are guaranteed wonderful entrées, professional service, and an elegant setting in which to enjoy your evening on the town. Your dining experience will be one you remember for years to come, especially if you see/hear the Ghost of Anna while you’re there. Anna lived in the building in the late 1700s/early 1800s and committed suicide after a squabble with her husband. Guests of the inn and restaurant have encountered Anna’s ghost numerous times- will you be the next to encounter her? 17Hundred90 is located at 307 East President St. in downtown Savannah, within walking distance from Savannah’s renowned Factors Walk and River Street. Lunch served Mon-Sat. 11am-3pm. Dinner served nightly 5pm-9pm. Sunday brunch served 11am-3pm. Call 912-236-7122 or visit www.17hundred90.com for more information or to make a reservation. Restaurant and Pub in Old Southern Tradition 6 www.travelhost.com

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Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Dining, North Carolina, Raleigh/Durham

TRAVELHOST of The Triangle Magazine announces The heartbeat of any Irish home centers around the kitchen and Tir Na Nog Irish Pub & Restaurant in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square Art District continues that tradition with dishes that are above and beyond the normal pub fare.

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Owner Pete Pagano is proud to say that their food is made from scratch. The desserts are made in house, Angus beef is ground in house, and over 20% of their ingredients are from North Carolina. The fries and kettle chips served today were potatoes yesterday, and they buy from local farmers’ markets and bakeries – even making some of their own bread whenever possible. You won’t find a microwave lurking in his kitchen.

Executive Chef Aaron Vaughen uses his fine dining background to reinvent and reinterpret Irish food. How about a Scotch egg as a starter? It’s a hard boiled egg wrapped in house made sausage, baked and served on a bed of mixed greens, tomato confit and a Jameson Irish whiskey mustard sauce. Or savor a Ploughman’s Platter of house cured meats, aged cheddar and gruyere, along with a smattering of pickled eggs, assorted veggies, and an authentic English style pork pie.

Among the moderately priced lunch offerings you’ll find the Pub burger topped with Irish rashers (akin to bacon, a rasher is cured pork sliced thin and seared on a flat top, slightly juicier and without the crunch), aged porter cheddar, house cut Irish wedges, and fresh tomato onion jam. Perhaps a nod to their southern location, the Raleigh cheese steak is a perfectly toasted baquette stuffed with house made N.C. BBQ, topped with a pepper jack cheese sauce, sautéed onions and green peppers.

Lighter fare includes beer cheese soup, or the “Salad with no Name,” a mix of fresh greens topped with Irish rashers, grilled apples, brie, red onions, and toasted sunflower seeds, served with a cider and roasted tomato vinaigrette.

You’ll find traditional Irish main courses as well, like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, fish and chips, and a hearty cottage pie – ground beef and vegetables topped with a garlic roasted potato crust and a caramelized onion gravy. Sunday brunch is a favorite here, too, with made-to-order omelets, waffles, fresh fruits, desserts and more for just $12 a person.

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Music and beer are also an integral part of Tir Na Nog. The pub offers 17 beers on draft, over two dozen microbrews, and a variety of domestic and imported bottles, and even has a “Beer Cocktail” menu. Their focus is also on some of the fledgling local breweries. Traditional Irish music is featured every Friday night and Irish jam sessions are held Sundays. The Pub has hosted such national and international legends as The Dublin City Ramblers, Albannach, Seven Nations, Old Blind Dogs and The Prodigals. Mondays feature comedy night, Wednesdays are Pub Trivia, and Thursdays spotlight “Local Band Local Beer.”

Tir Na Nog is always family friendly, but late nights a happening bar scene emerges. Live DJs keep the crowd moving from 10pm until the lights come down. If you happen to own a kilt, this is the place to wear it.

Located at 218 South Blount Street, Tir Na Nog is open 11-2am Mon-Fri and 10-2am Sat-Sun. Historic City Market is across the street so take the time to wander its cobblestone streets before or after dining at the
pub and enjoy a piece of Raleigh’s history along with your Irish meal.

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Winterfest® Boat Parade, Lights Up the Waterway

Author: Travelhost Advocate  //  Category: Attractions, Entertainment, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

TRAVELHOST of Fort Lauderdale features Winterfest® Boat Parade, Lights Up the Waterway. The 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest® Boat parade on Saturday, December 14, is an event you will not want to miss. It is the most attended event in Florida and the No. 7 most attended event in the country. The 12-mile parade route starts at Fort Lauderdale’s Historic Stranahan House and sails by Riverside Hotel. More than one million people watch the parade via land, water or air as it sails from the New River up to Lake Santa Barbara.

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The theme this year is “Passport to Paradise.” Entries will honor worldfamous landmarks, cities and international flavors with their décor and music.

Get tickets for the Winterfest® Grandstand Viewing Area presented by TigerDirect.com located at Birch State Park that includes reserved and assigned seating and is considered to be the best place on land to view the parade. This “Party in the Park” has fun activities and games to keep everyone entertained at the “Broward Health Safety & Family Fun Zone,” along with live entertainment.

If you can’t be at the parade in person, you can still enjoy the splendor. WinterfestParade.com will live stream the event. The parade will be rebroadcasted throughout the holiday season on WSVN Channel 7, so you have plenty of chances to catch the action.

Call Winterfest at 954.767.0686 or visit www.winterfestparade.com for extensive info.

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