Massachusetts is pulling out all the stops for JFK this year
2017 marks the centennial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s (JFK) birth. The state of Massachusetts has many connections with the 35th President of the United States. As a result, the state are celebrating the centennial of his birth this year – a great addition to a trip to Massachusetts.
Where JFK’s relationship with Massachusetts began:
JFK was born at 83 Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts, on 29 May 1917. He lived here until he was 10 years old. Throughout his childhood the Kennedy family spent summers in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. In September 1936, he enrolled at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Kennedy family also dined frequently in the Union Oyster House, Boston, JFK’s favourite booth to dine here has since been named ‘The Kennedy Booth’, and today visitors can dine here too. Also in the Omni Hotel Boston at table 40, by the street-side window, is where John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier on 24 June 1953 and today visitors can dine here.
The events taking place to mark the centennial of JFK’s birth include:
In May 2017, The John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library will unveil a special exhibition titled “JFK at 100: Milestones and Mementos.” Featuring a compelling selection of items from the JFK Library’s collections, the exhibition will chronicle historic milestones in the President’s career and administration, as well as events of his personal and family life. They will also be holding significant events throughout the year including the JFK Forever Stamp Ceremony on 20 February 2017. The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a Forever stamp in JFK’s honour at the library during the President’s Day Ceremony alongside other festivities.
His birthplace, Brookline will have ongoing events, exhibits and programs throughout the year. Including the JFK Centennial Celebration with speeches, tours, music, cake and more on his birth date (29 May 2017). Visitors can also join the JFK Remembered Ceremony on 22 November 2017 in Brookline and visit the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, his boyhood home throughout the year.
Cape Cod & the Islands
From his boyhood years sailing his boat Victura in Nantucket to his final summer as President, Cape Cod was a place John F. Kennedy loved and often called home. A special Exhibit will open in the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum mid-May 2017 entitled “JFK at 100: Life and Legacy”. The exhibition will tell JFK's story through the lens of his years at the Cape including the time with parents, brothers and sisters, entertaining friends, summers with his wife Jacqueline and their children, political campaigns and above all, the Presidency. Also on 28th May the JFK Commemorative Concert in collaboration with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra will take place at the Barnstable Performing Arts Center.
There is an even wider choice of flights from the UK to Boston this year: Norwegian Air via Gatwick, both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic via Heathrow and seasonal services from Manchester with both Thomas Cook and Virgin Atlantic (new for 2017). Sample prices for holidays to Massachusetts to discover the legacy of JFK and to celebrate the centennial of his birth are available on request.
Issued by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism’s UK office.
Louisiana and New Orleans: Unusually Festive
The lead up to Christmas is a brilliant time to explore the state and the city, there are less tourists and it is still warm enough to eat outside and enjoy some different events that will get you in the festive mood!
Celebration in the Oaks (27 November – 2nd January) is a beautiful celebration where the whole of City Park in New Orleans is illuminated with thousands of colourful lights and displays. http://bit.ly/1UHhyw6
Of course, in a city known for parades, December starts off with the Krewe of Jingle holiday parade along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. Enjoy parade floats, marching bands, Christmas Characters and more. http://bit.ly/1DSJokL
The Festival of Bonfires is a beautiful experience in Lutcher, Louisiana. They happen on the second weekend in December and are a run-up to the famous Christmas Eve bonfires. Visitors can enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, carnival rides and Santa’s Very Merry Forest. The Bonfires on the Leveeare a wonderful Cajun tradition where 100s of bonfires are lit along the Mississippi in southern Louisiana on Christmas Eve to guide “Papa Noel” on Christmas Eve. www.louisianatravel.com
Reveillon, a large celebratory meal after midnight mass on Christmas Eve is still celebrated in New Orleans. The only difference is that now the meal is celebrated in restaurants throughout the city and the menu combines Creole cuisine and contemporary New Orleans food. http://bit.ly/1TB0smv
Those looking for fun in the sun this winter may enjoy the Mardi Gras Season throughout Louisiana.Parade season begins on 6th January and the final day is Mardi Gras Day, or Fat Tuesday on the 9th February 2016. This is a time for parties, parades and balls and there are a variety of Mardi Gras Season celebrations on throughout Louisiana http://mardigras.louisianatravel.com/. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is sort of like Christmas and New Orleanians begin celebrating with a variety of parades until Mardi Gras. The weekend to join the fun is 5-9th February 2016 and it is best to be there before 5th February 2016. www.mardigrasneworleans.com/.
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Capturing the foliage in North Carolina
Visitors in North Carolina can experience the fun activities and key attractions as well as the colour in autumn, below are ideas on how to capture the beauty as well as the fun.
Visitors will not have trouble finding a zip line tour as the state is known for the large number available, and autumn is the perfect time to experience the colour up close with a canopy zip line adventure. Check out The Gorge, the steepest in the Continental United States.
Hopping on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s autumn foliage ride follows an historic rail line into river gorges, across valleys and through tunnels carved out of majestic mountains. In Blowing Rock, Tweetsie Railroad also combines scenery with family fun.
Kayaking or stand-up paddleboard trekking through lush salt marshes is the perfect way to paddle through the autumn scenery, there’s Kitty Hawk Kayaks in Corolla and the Adventure Kayak Company in Southport.
Riding through the beautiful colours via horseback is also another favourite. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides horse riding through woodlands, streams and waterfalls with beautiful back drops when you look around. Alternatively you can see the fall back drops from the waterfalls while water rafting in the Nantahala River, Smoky Mountains.
Let’s not forget what many visitors do while in North Carolina. Enjoy the variety of hikes where you are surrounded by natural beauty and amazing views as you reach the top. For more information on the perfect hikes to capture the best autumn sight please visit www.visitnc.com/story/fall-foliage-hikes
We are delighted to announce that the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana will take to your screens in a programme celebrating the amazing culinary culture and offerings of the region.
On Sunday 13th September at 7:00pm on the Travel Channel you can “let the good times roll” with Jeni Barnett and Olly Smith, two British television presenters. Jeni and Olly’s Deep South Food Adventures has certainly saved the best till last as next week Louisiana is their last stop in the Deep South. Join the pair experiencing the famous beignets, Sazerac, po-boys and much more in New Orleans as well as the exciting Louisianan swamps, plantation homes and fishing in the bayous - and let’s not forget the jazz music!
We hope that you can watch and share this episode with your teams and clients as it is a wonderful insight into Louisiana and confirms why it is such a popular destination in the USA. The episode will also be shown on Sunday 14th September at 1am and Sunday 11th October at 7:00pm and 1:00am and is part of a campaign supported by the Louisiana Office of Travel & Tourism and Brand USA.
For more information on this episode please visit http://bit.ly/1FnDovW. For updates on Louisiana please follow Louisiana Travel on Facebook www.facebook.com/LouisianaTravel or on Twitter @louisianatravel.
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Maverick Helicopters are delighted to announce their hard work and commitment to excellence has paid off!
Maverick Helicopters has built a strong reputation as a leading tour company offering aerial sightseeing trips to the Grand Canyon and over the Las Vegas strip, and yesterday the City of Las Vegas recognised Maverick for its unparalleled excursions by declaring Wednesday 19th August 2015 “Maverick Helicopters Day.” This was in honour of National Aviation Day, a United States national observation.
From left to right: Carolyn Goodman (Mayor of Las Vegas), Brenda Rochna and Greg Rochna (Founders of Maverick Helicopters).
Photo credit: Maverick Helicopters
Sales and Marketing Director, Jody Hanson in Maverick’s UK office says “we couldn’t be happier for the Maverick team - everyone has worked extremely hard to get the company to where it is today. Maverick was founded on the principle of providing the best experience possible, from the point of enquiry, to the completion of the guest’s tour”.
Maverick Helicopters is proud to be the largest helicopter operator flying from Las Vegas with the world’s largest and youngest fleet of EC130 ECO-Star helicopters. Aboard their state-of-the-art helicopters visitors will find a spacious cabin for up to seven passengers, voice-activated headsets, leather seating and wraparound windows for superior visibility.
Maverick Helicopters currently holds the top safety record of any tourism-based aviation company in the world and has received more than 150 awards.
For more information on Maverick Helicopters, please visit www.maverickhelicopter.co.uk.
The city of New Orleans never misses an opportunity to celebrate and have a good time. This Halloween there are many festivities happening in the big easy that will make your Halloween one to remember!
The Krewe of Boo kicks off on the 24th October (the Saturday before Halloween each year). Visitors will find an amazing Halloween parade with enormous paper mâché and fiberglass floats that mimic all of Halloween’s spooky creatures and much more, and those from the floats throw the crowds all sorts of goodies.
Audubon Zoo has four big scary nights each year that are perfect for families. This year Boo at the Zoo will happen on the 16th & 17th and the 23rd & 24th October. Visitors will find entertainment, food, trick-or-treating, fairly scary stories, fun rides, a haunted house, and more. Of course there will also be an opportunity to meet the zoo’s animals.
Visitors will not want to miss Voodoo Fest in New Orleans, a brilliant music festival that has a cutting edge Halloween style. This year the Halloween music festival takes places 30th October – 1st November with announced headliners that include Florence + the Machine, the Zac Brown Band, Ozzy Osbourne backed by Geezer Butler and more. If you wish to purchase tickets you can via this link http://worshipthemusic.com/.
New Orleans also has its share of Haunted Houses set up each year by local churches, community organizations and private individuals. Visitors can enjoy haunted tours of the square, taking advantage of the haunted houses, the variety of cemeteries and the voodoo shops.
Also, don’t forget your costume, as you can imagine the streets of New Orleans are filled with adults and children in Halloween costumes.
For more information on Halloween in New Orleans please visit www.neworleanscvb.com. To stay up to date on New Orleans please like www.facebook.com/neworleans on Facebook and follow @NewOrleansCVB on Twitter.
Raleigh in North Carolina has just welcomed a new beer garden that brings many drafts from North Carolina, the US and around the world to one location.
The Raleigh Beer Garden is now open for business by Hibernian Management, Inc. and it is the newest food and drink establishment in Glenwood South, Raleigh. Visitors can experience three floors of beers and a cocktail bar at the front of restaurant, the Spiritual for those visitors who are looking for something other than beer. The first floor, called the Carolina Garden offers 144 of North Carolina’s craft brews. The second floor, the World Garden contains a variety of 222 drafts from across the US and around the world. Visitors will also enjoy the rooftop bar with an additional set of taps to offer events and seasonal and speciality brews as this area will be used for beer related events, tastings, etc.
In the restaurant, visitors will also find the rock stars who are the two custom built refrigerators housing the 366 taps. There is also a glass wall to see the largest draft system in action, so visitors can gain knowledge as well as taste. The Raleigh Beer Garden is open seven days a week from 11am to 2am serving a taster of North Carolina and around the world draft beers.
New Orleans’ big happy culture charms visitors once again!
New Orleans is a destination on many UK and Irish traveller’s bucket lists; this week the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau offers a hint as to why when it announced that the Big Easy has once again ranked highly in USA publication Travel + Leisure’s listings.
New Orleans has been voted No. 2 city in the U.S. and Canada by the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2015 readers’ survey. This is the twentieth year for the Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards, an annual readers’ survey that rates destinations, hotels, airports, cruise lines and more. For the second consecutive year, the city has been chosen as the number two destination in the US and Canada.
Stephen Perry, President and CEO of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau, comments, “After a decade of unparalleled development, New Orleans is well into its renaissance. The historic and new restaurants, classic cocktails, jazz in the streets and French and Spanish architecture that we all love are still the soul of the city, but New Orleans is also blossoming with boutique hotels, world-class craft cocktail bars, new cuisine from new James Beard award-winning chefs and so much more”.
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Many British and Irish tourists travel to Louisiana each year and experience the famous tourist attractions. From the adventurous swamps, breathtaking plantation homes, fun loving festivals, beautiful lakes to the libation producers, there’s plenty that brings tourists to Louisiana.
To celebrate the cocktail culture of Louisiana, Louisiana Travel has created a website that contains many of the state’s libation creators. Users will find each libation maker’s website, their opening times and information. As visitors are usually touring around Louisiana, this makes it easier for tourists to incorporate another attraction into their touring regime. Visitors can choose a period in their travelling plan, check where they will be located in Louisiana and choose breweries, wineries or distilleries that suit them.
In Louisiana there’s no shortage of sugar cane, or distilleries for that matter and also New Orleans, LA is the founder of the first cocktail in America, the Sazerac, so visiting a distillery is on many tourists’ to do lists.
In Louisiana food is an important part of their culture, there are tastes from all over the world and many with a Louisianan twist. In order to compliment the abundance of flavours there was an increase in craft breweries creating flavoured beers to complement specific food tastes. When visitors are in Louisiana many enjoy a brewery tour to taste and learn about the craft beers.
The state is home to six wineries which produce wines from various grapes. Louisiana is also renowned for its unique wines made from other fruits such as blueberries, strawberries and more, and while in the state, many visitors enjoy a winery tour to find out more about and to taste the Louisianan wines.
Each year many British and Irish tourists travel to North Carolina and enjoy the Blue Ridge, the Great Smoky Mountains, Lexington BBQ tour, Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, Biltmore and much more.
This summer tourists going to North Carolina can venture to three new attractions;
At the Greensboro Science Centre's Animal Discovery Zoo visitors will find a new tree top adventure park, the SKYWILD. The new park offers visitors ten years and over seven courses and sixty animal inspired challenges for all intensities, from the Lilypad Leap to parallel-log walking and more.
The Carowinds theme park in Charlotte has opened the world's largest giga coaster and non-launched rollercoaster, the Fury 325, "325" referring to the rollercoaster's maximum height. Visitors can enjoy three and half minutes of exhilarating fun, travelling speeds of up to ninety-five mph as well as the variety of other rides at the theme park for all ages and intensity preferences.
Blowing Rock introduces an aerial park, the High Gravity Adventure, a classic Wild West themed park. There are seventy-five elements including tight-rope walks, aerial bridges, floating foot loops, giant spider webs, etc., for adventurers who are eight years and older. Also the kid's course welcomes children as young as five years with rides, shows, trains and more, so there is something for everyone.
For more information on North Carolina please visit www.visitnc.com, and for updates please follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/visitNC and on Twitter @VisitNC.