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My Mountain Whitewater Rafting Adventure, Poudre River, Colorado – Silvija Travel Tips

MOUNTAIN WHITEWATER RAFTINGAS KALNŲ UPE POUDRE, KOLORADO VALSTIJA, JAV- TAI MANO EKSTREMALI PATIRTIS

Pasibaigus įspūdingai pasaulio turizmo konferencijai IPW 2018, kartu su viso pasaulio turizmo žiniasklaidos ir verslo atstovais turėjau galimybę 3 dienas keliauti po Kolorado valstiją, artimiau prisiliesti prie gamtos, kultūros, istorijos.

Vienas iš nepakartojamų nuotykių- tai raftingas , arba nusileidimas plaustais kalnų upe Poudre. Mes lėkėme pasitikdami didžiules bangas, šokinėjome bandydami apeiti sūkurius bei plaukti pasroviui. Mūsų plaustas kartu ne sykį buvo visiškai paniręs vandens pursluose. Ši tikrai ekstremali kelionė plaustais tęsėsi 2 val., mes įveikėme 12 mylių atstumą , įskaitant 3 ir 4 klasės slenksčius. Šniokščianti laukinė kalnų upė Poudre galinėjosi su mūsų plaustais, bet mes ją įveikėme sėkmingai . Nors ne visi.  Kai kas neatsilaikė bangų jėgai ir atsidūrė vandenyje, bet šalia plaukiančių profesionalių gelbėtojų buvo tuoj ištraukti iš vandens . O aš tai labai sušalau, nes nepaklusau gido patarimui užsimauti viską, ką Whitewater kompanija išdalino. Bet vis tiek ši kelionė paliko ko ne patį didžiausią įspūdį , visų nuotaika buvo puiki , buvo daug juoko, klegesio, bet ir išgąsčio šūksnių . IPW grupei vadovavo Ben Costello, turintis daugiau kaip 17 metų patirtį kaip Poudre upės gidas.

Jei norite raftingą šia upę apsilankykite “Mountain Whitewater Inc.” svetainėje www.raftmw.com

During IPW18 I participated in a FAM adventure with a group of travel media and travel trade professionals experiencing the wild waters of the Poudre River over a 12-mile section including Class 3 and 4 rapids. The IPW group was guided by Ben Costello, with over 17 years of experience as a Poudre River guide.

To experience the river for yourself visit the Mountain Whitewater Inc. website www.raftmw.com

The Home Ranch, Clark, Colorado – Silvija Travel Tips

Pasibaigus JAV kelionių asociacijos IPW 2018 Denveryje, vykau i triejų dienų pažintinę kelionę po Kolorado valstiją. Viena iš jų buvo
“Home Ranch”, Clark, įsikūrusi Šiaurės vakarų Kolorado valstijoje, 18 mylių į šiaurę nuo Steamboat Springs, vadinamame viršutiniame Elko upės slėnyje. Clark yra maža, retai apgyvendinta, vis dar klestinanti veislininkystės bendruomenė, visiškai apsupta vieno milijono hektarų neišvystytų viešųjų žemių.Tai įspūdinga vieta ne tik vasaros šeimos atostogoms , bet ir ištisus metus.


Atvykūs į Home Ranch ir pamačius gausybę žirgų užvaldė noras jais pajodinėti. Patyrusių kaubojų buvome pamokyti kaip elgtis jodinėjant ant žirgo.

Kiekvienas mūsų turėjome po žirgą , manojo vardas buvo Čili. Kiek padūkęs, neramus, sakyčiau linksmesnis išdaigininkas nei visi kiti- tai pakeliui žolę rupšnodavo, tai strimgalviais lėkti užsimanydavo. Buvo juoko visiems.
Teigiamos emocijos, malonus laikas, energijos antplūdis – visa tai mes patyrėme jodinėdami žirgais.

Grįžus į rančią mūsų laukė gardi vakarienė. Valgį , paruošta iš vaisių, daržovių ir mėsos iš savo gamtos ūkio patiekė išskirtinės virtuvės šefas Jonathon Gillespie ir jo talentinga kulinarijos komanda. Šiltas saulėtas pavakarys, gardus maistas, puikių žmonių kompanija- visa tai apvainikavo pažintį su Home Ranch.
Tikrai tai buvo nuostabi diena puikioje vietoje ir geroje draugijoje Elko upės slėnyje didingoje Rocky Mountain dykumoje.

The Home Ranch

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

It was a interesting to meet two Brand USA Board members with a wealth of travel industry experience at IPW 2018. Noel Irwin Hentschel, of American Tours International and Mike Gallagher from CityPass.

Noel Irwin Hentschel is Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of AmericanTours International (ATI), America’s largest privately held, American-owned, visit USA tourism and marketing organization. Dually headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. with regional offices in New York City, N.Y., and Hawaii, ATI was founded in 1977 and today serves nearly one million visitors and generates over $3 billion into the U.S. economy annually.

Mike Gallagher is Co-Chairman and co-founder of City Pass, Inc., an innovative attractions marketing company that provides significant savings on ticket packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. The idea sprang from the collaborative efforts of co-founders Mike Gallagher and Mike Morey. Beginning in 1996, the two combined their respective attraction marketing and industry research skills to launch a company whose products currently enjoy a 98 percent customer recommendation rating. From its initial 1997 debut in the cities of San Francisco, Calif. and Seattle, Wash. the CityPASS program has expanded to include New York City, N.Y; Southern Calif., Atlanta, Ga; Boston, Mass; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Houston, Texas; Philadelphia, Pa; Tampa Bay, Fla; Toronto; and Southern Calif. The Southern California CityPASS card includes prepaid admission to four family-friendly theme parks: Disneyland®, Disney California Adventure Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and LEGOLAND California.

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips

Noel Irwin Hentschel, American Tours International and Mike Gallagher, CityPass with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW 2018

B-52 performing at Brand USA Luncheon – Silvija Travel Tips

For the IPW 2018 Luncheon on Monday 21st May 2018 sponsored by Brand USA the band B-52 provided the lunchtime entertainment. Guest were treated to songs including “Tell It Like It T-I_Is”, “Roam”. “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack”.

 

Press Brunch IPW 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

“Press Brunch”- tai priešpiečiai, skirti žiniasklaidai. Čia prasidėjo pirmoji diena Denveryje, kur įvyko jubiliejinis 50-tasis JAV kelionių asociacijos IPW2018 suvažiavimas. Gražioje, vienoje seniausių ir turtingų savo istorija kvartalų Denveryje, Larimer aikštėje susirinko apie 500 žiniasklaidos atstovų iš viso pasaulio. Renginyje buvo pristatyti geriausi “Mile High City” vietos kulinarijos, geriausių restoranų ,meno ir muzikos atstovai, žurnalistus atvyko pasveikinti “US Travel Association”, “Brand USA”, VISIT DENVER ir įvairūs kiti priimančiojo miesto ir valstybės aukščiausiojo lygio pareigūnai.
Denverio televizijos 7 kanalas renginį pristatė Kolorado Valsijai. Nors oras tą rytą buvo kiek vėsokas, visi susirinkusieji Larimer aikštėje buvo pakiliai ir džiugiai nusiteikę , su planais ateinančioms
dienoms.  Mane tą  ypatingą rytmetį šildė gardi karšta kava ir sumuštiniai su lašiša ir juodaisiais ikrais, prie kurių viso renginio metu buvo nusidriekusi didžiulė eilė. Tikrai viskas  buvo labai puiku!

Press Brunch IPW 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

 

 

 

Mano pirmieji įspūdžiai Niujorke, Beacon viešbutyje

Mano pirmieji įspūdžiai Niujorke prasidėjo viesbutyje “Beacon”.
Šis viešbutis įsikūręs Manheteno viršutinėje vakarinėje dalyje, visai šalia Niujorko Centrinio parko. Netoli viešbučio išsidėstę tokie svarbūs statiniai kaip Amerikos gamtos istorijos muziejus,
“Lincoln Center Plaza” ir “Beacon” teatras. Kelios minutės nuo viešbučio – ir jūs jau požeminėje Metro stotyje, iš kur greitai galima pasiekti Niujorko miesto centrinę dalį.
Viešbutyje gali pasijusti lyg namie- puikūs kambariai ir apartamentai su virtuvėlėmis, turinčiomis visą būtiną įrangą maisto gamybai. Kambariuose didžiuliai plokščiaekraniai televizoriai ir belaidis internetas. Puikus Niujorko vaizdas atsiveria žiūrint pro langą. Tiesiog būdamas kambaryje tu gali grožėtis saulėlydžiu tarp didmiesčio dangoraižių.
Viešbutyje yra verslo centras susitikimams, taip pat siūlomos skalbyklos paslaugos ir bagažo saugykla. Šalia vestibiulio yra rami ir patogi erdvė lankytis ar skaityti, ir atsipalaiduoti.
Viešbutis “Beacon” yra labai gerai vertinamas ne tik vietinių niujorkiečių , bet ir svečių iš viso pasaulio dėl labai patogios išsidėstymo vietos, dėl aukšto aptarnavimo lygio, dėl paslaugų suteikiamų svečiams. Į šį viešbutį visada norisi sugrįžti.

Colorado Springs Offers Slew of New Adventures for 2018

Colorado Springs, Colo. – Home to more than 55 attractions and activities including Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain and Garden of the Gods Park, Colorado Springs is sure to inspire an unforgettable visit.

New Things to Do

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park Via Ferrata – One of Colorado Springs oldest attractions will open a thrilling new outdoor adventure in 2018. The Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron path”) is under construction. This rock-side climbing path consists of metal rungs connected to a secure harness ideal for those 12 years and older. The course ends with two zip lines. https://caveofthewinds.com

DroneSpace – Drone racing is a wildly growing sport featured on major television networks and taking the world by storm. Pilots don goggles, which allow them to look through the “cockpit” of the racing drone as they fly the course. The site is the first location in the world that allows first-time fliers to experience this vibrantly lit course. The 12,000 square-foot indoor facility has a large dedicated race track, racing drone shop and spacious lounge. www.dronespace.org

Dragonfly Stand Up Paddle Board Glowga – This special stand-up paddleboard class has been timed to experience Colorado’s setting sun alongside paddle yoga practice. Boards are illuminated with colorful LED lights to guide the class atop Quail Lake. Guests can even choose their favorite color. The class lasts 60 minutes and is open to all levels of practitioners ages 18 and up. www.dragonflypaddleyoga.com

Ent Center for the Arts – This transformational, state-of-the-art 92,000 square-foot facility features year-round music and performances. The impressive concert hall houses 774 seats, the Gallery of Contemporary Art, a recording studio and audio laboratory. www.uccs.edu/entcenter/

WhirlyBall – This exhilarating sport combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering, two teams of five players use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to one another to hit a scoring target. Visit Colorado’s first and only location. www.whirlyball.com/colorado-springs/

Garden of the Gods Collection International Health and Wellness Center – An innovative, destination healthcare and wellness center has come to Colorado. Applying evidence-based healthcare principles and practices with the latest advances in complementary medicine, the highly-skilled and compassionate physician team at the International Health & Wellness Center intuitively provides medical and wellness services with the aim of restoring clients to optimal health and functionality. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com.

New Lodging

SCP Colorado Springs – From the big picture to the little details, SCP is cultivating a new guest experience. Centered around the concept of holistic hospitality, guests stay consciously. The first property of its kind in the country will provide a range of opportunities for guests to refresh their bodies and souls, to connect with community and to make better choices for the planet. Discover the artful reuse and recycling of original materials used in the hotel’s construction alongside dining options with a focus on local goodness. www.scphotel.com

Garden of the Gods Collection Cottages and Casitas – Nestled on the bluff within the Garden of the Gods Collection property, the newly constructed cottages and casitas are designed to be an exclusive gated resort community with spectacular views of Garden of the Gods Park. The properties will join hotel inventory between spring of 2018 and spring of 2019. The six three-bedroom cottages and 14 exquisite casitas will be framed with meticulously designed and lush landscaped gardens. Covered and open patios support outdoor living that offers transformative beauty while promoting a synergetic balance of nature and tranquil living. www.gardenofthegodsclub.com

The DoubleTree by Hilton has finished a $9M renovation of the property including meeting space totaling over 25,000 square-feet, guest rooms, lobby and expanded bar, the largest in Colorado Springs.

The Embassy Suites by Hilton completed multimillion-dollar renovations in 2017 with a transformation including modernized design updates to all guest suites, in-house restaurant and bar, atrium and a new 7,000 square-foot meeting and event space.

The highly anticipated Home2 Suites by Hilton, an extended-stay property, will have 120 available rooms and 3,500 square-feet of meetings space. The property will also feature an indoor saltwater pool and pet-friendly accommodations. The opening is slated for this summer.

New Dining and Drink Offerings

Trail’s End Taproom is the first self-pour taproom in the entire state of Colorado. Trails End has 40 taps available for the adventuring beer connoisseur. Pay by the ounce, and 100 percent of tips are donated to local trail and humanitarian nonprofits. www.trailsendtaproom.com

Pikes Peak Lemonade Company is more than just a cup of lemonade. With organic lemons, organic cane sugar and filtered water, they proudly serve a fresh and healthy drink. Starting with organic lemonade or limeade Colorado-grown lavender, real hibiscus or a variety of other fresh ingredients are then added. Enjoy fresh, hand-crafted syrups while also reaping amazing health benefits. Stop in to the lemonade tap room for an individual creation, or purchase pre-made mixes with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. www.pikespeaklemonade.com

Oskar Blues Fooderies Downtown Colorado Springs – The newest addition to the area’s culinary family is in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs. The eatery takes up two levels in one of the area’s historic buildings. Enjoy underground bocce courts and an outdoor patio. Grab a pint from one of the 48 taps and munch on locally sourced meats that round out the menu. www.oskarbluesfooderies.com

Goat Patch Brewing Company/Lincoln Center – A variety of local tenants come together in a former elementary school space. Goat Patch Brewing offers a variety of hand-crafted beers along with a fundamental goal of supporting the local Colorado Springs community. Flavors range from a mocha latte stout to a fruit goat patch punch. www.goatpatchbrewing.com

Crafts and Drafts Passport – Colorado Springs has crafted a new way to entice travelers to experience the grandeur of the Pikes Peak region. A new digital passport highlights the destination’s diverse craft beverage scene. From microbreweries to moonshine, visitors can sip and savor their way through the area using a downloadable Crafts & Drafts Passport featuring 24 libation and coffee locations. Colorado continues to make its mark on the adult beverage industry with more than 284 craft breweries state-wide and an economic impact of $2.7 billion. www.visitcos.crafts-drafts

The Piccadilly Bar at The Antlers Hotel offers 50 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and 100 wine choices. This bar offers a classy-cool atmosphere with sophisticated menu items and a nod to the hotel’s history. http://antlers.com/dining.shtml

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About Colorado Springs, CO

Founded as a resort town in 1871, Colorado’s second largest city has drawn travelers from around the world for decades offering unrivaled natural beauty, endless blue skies, a mild climate and more than 55 man-made and natural attractions. Home to iconic landmarks such as Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, Garden of the Gods Park, the U.S. Olympic Training Center and the U.S. Air Force Academy, the city and surrounding region is a popular destination for families, outdoor enthusiasts and couples. Find out more and order a free vacation planner at VisitCOS.com.

Source: travmedia.com

CityPASS Announces Its Newest Partner Destination: Denver, Colorado

Denver (May 2, 2018) — It was announced today that the newest North American destination to offer the popular CityPASS® formula of discounted, bundled admission to the most popular visitor attractions is Denver, Colorado. Today’s launch increases the number of destinations for which travelers can purchase CityPASS tickets to 13.

“We’ve had our eye on Denver for several years now,” said Megan Allen, CityPASS president and CEO. “The city offers that perfect blend of family-friendly and cultural attractions that makes it ideal for our customers. Combine that with Colorado’s striking scenic beauty and Denver’s nearly 300 days of sunshine per year, and you’ve got a pretty compelling draw for travelers.”

The new Denver CityPASS C3/C4/C5 ticket is a mobile ticketing concept that allows users to select any three, four or five attractions from a list of eight top sights. The ticket is delivered directly to the purchaser’s email, which can be saved to their smartphone and easily scanned at each attraction. Designed to be both flexible and customizable, the tickets do not require the buyer to pre-select the attractions that will be visited; travelers are free to choose as they go.

Depending on the attractions chosen, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can save up to 31 percent off the cost of purchasing the included tickets individually (savings increases to 34 percent on June 1, 2018). The list of attraction options includes:

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
Denver Art Museum
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Zoo
Downtown Aquarium—Denver
History Colorado Center
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
“Depending on their length of stay and personal interests, Denver CityPASS ticket holders can customize an itinerary that best fits their schedule,” Allen added. “CityPASS has always been guided by the tenets of making travel easier, more affordable and more accessible. Our development team made sure the new Denver program directly hits all those goals.”

Denver CityPASS mobile tickets are valid for seven consecutive days, including the first day of use. Available for sale exclusively on CityPASS.com, the tickets are available in the purchaser’s choice of seven languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish.

Pricing for Denver CityPASS tickets starts at $39 for adults; $29 for children, age 3-11:

C3 (visit any three attractions): $39, adults; $29, children

C4 (visit any four attractions): $48, adults; $38, children

C5 (visit any five attractions): $57, adults; $47, children

About CityPASS: For more than 20 years, CityPASS tickets have been premier products for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings. CityPASS tickets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, are currently available in 13 North American destinations: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Prices and programs subject to change. CityPASS® is a registered trademark of City Pass, Inc., and the exclusive property of City Pass, Inc.

Source:  ipw.travmedia.com