Silvija Zalepugiene with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips  with Mark Kowalewski from Stone Tower Winery during pre IPW 2017 visit to Stone Tower Winery.

“Stone Tower Winery” yra šeimos valdoma ir eksploatuojanti vyno gamykla, kur aukščiausios rūšies vynai ir puikūs vaizdai yra vienodai suderinti su nepriekaištingu svetingumu. Čia dirbama su aukščiausios rūšies vynuogininkais, dirvožemio specialistais ir enologų komanda. Daugiau nei 50-yje akrų užauginti svaiginančių klasikinių prancūziškų veislių vynuogynai 206 akrų valdoje virš Hogback kalno Leesburge, Virdžinijoje. Talentinga komanda sukūrė pasaulinio lygio vynų gamybą. Geras vynas ir puiki komanda padarė labai gerą įspūdį, tai viena iš įsimintiniausių kelionių po Virdžiniją.

Stone Tower Winery  www.stonetowerwinery.com

Ride The BEAST Circle Line, New York – Silvija Travel Tips

Operated by Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, the new BEAST speedboat was New York’s only jet powered thrill-ride speedboat attraction when it was unleashed in the summer 2011 season. Don’t be fooled – the BEAST isn’t just a monster on the surface.

Equipped with 1400 BHP-horsepower with 2ZF 3000 marine gears and powered by two Hamilton Jets the new BEAST rockets through the water with the ability to reach up to a heart-pounding speed of 40 knots (about 45mph).

Ride the BEAST:
www.circleline42.com//beast-speedboat-ride

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Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė – Pakruojo dvaras – Silvija Travel Tips

Šiaurės Lietuvos krašte, garsėjančiame aludarystės tradicijomis bei bajorų virtuve, dešiniajame Kruojos upės krante – klasicistinio stiliaus dvaras, patekęs į Rekordų knygą kaip didžiausias iki šių dienų išlikęs dvaro pastatų kompleksas mūsų šalyje. Jame visais metų laikais, tiek vasarą, per naktigonę, tiek kalėdmečiu, klausant pasakos apie Spragtuką, galima pasinerti į dvarišką gyvenimą ir dvaro istorijas – apie baronus fon Ropus, apie to meto dvaro technikos stebuklus, vėjo malūną ar net lietuviškojo Robino Hudo, Tado Blindos, ūsus. Pakruojo dvaras skelbiamas Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo traukos vietove 2017.

Lietuva Europos Komisijos inicijuotame Patraukliausios turizmo vietovės projekte EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) dalyvauja jau nuo 2008 m., teikdama paraišką daliniam finansavimui gauti. Kaskart Europos Komisija skelbia vis kitą temą patraukliausiai turizmo vietovei išrinkti. Šiemet tema buvo kultūrinis turizmas, ir projekte dalyvavo tokios Europos šalys kaip Malta, Kroatija, Ispanija, Prancūzija, Airija, Suomija, Belgija ir kt. Lietuvoje sulaukta rekordiškai daug – net 33 paraiškų iš skirtingų šalies regionų. Pagal Europos Komisijos nustatytus kriterijus jas vertino ekspertai tiek iš Vilniaus universiteto, tiek iš Vilniaus savivaldybės administracijos, tiek iš Kultūros paveldo departamento, tiek iš Ūkio ministerijos bei Turizmo departamento. Galutinis sprendimas buvo priimtas tiesiogiai aplankius daugiausiai balų surinkusius objektus, viso – 11, nes du objektai surinko vienodą balų skaičių.

„Pakruojo dvaras – ne tik vietinio turizmo perlas, bet ir turintis potencialo sudominti Europą. Simboliška, kad Lietuva turi 7 UNESCO objektus, o nuo šiol turės ir 7 EDEN vietoves – norėtųsi, kad jos būtų stiprus masalas turistams, norintiems kuo geriau pažinti Lietuvą kaip patrauklią šalį kelionėms. Pripažinimas Europos mastu – itin reikšmingas, nes ne tik padidins vietovės žinomumą ir pritrauks turistų iš užsienio, bet ir prisidės prie Lietuvos kaip patrauklioms turistinės šalies garsinimo“, – nepailstančius Pakruojo dvaro šeimininkus sveikina laikina Turizmo departamento vadovė Indrė Trakimaitė-Šeškuvienė ir skelbia dvarą karščiausia 2018-ųjų metų vietove kelionėms po Lietuvą.

5 vietą projekte užėmė Raudondvario dvaras (Kauno r.), masinantis lankytojus grafienės Rozalijos istorijomis apie Tiškevičių aistrą citrusams ir atkurtą apelsinų sriubos receptą. 4 vietoje – Užugirio dvaras (Ukmergės r.), kuriame įminti pirmojo Lietuvos prezidento A.Smetonos ir jo žmonos pėdsakai, mat dvare pirmoji pora vasarodavo. 3 vietoje – Ilzenbergo dvaras (Rokiškio r.), puoselėjantis biodinaminį ūkį ir Meilės salos legendas. 2 vietoje – Jurbarko krašto renesanso perlas Panemunės pilis, kviečianti lankytojus į lobio paieškas.

Tarp 2017 m. finalininkų pateko ir unikalus „Baltosios“ ir „Raudonosios“ sinagogų kompleksas Joniškyje, ir Marijampolės cukraus fabrikas, atveriantis turistams vartus saldžių ekskursijų metu, ir Šlyninkos malūnas (Zarasų r.), kuriame, sakoma, gyva „Velnio nuotakos“ dvasia, o svečiams užmaišomi blynai iš ką tik maltų „razavų“ miltų. Taip pat – „mažosiomis Rumšiškėmis“ vadinamų Kleboniškių bei ne tik tulpių žydėjimu, bet ir 5 km ilgio alėjomis, tvenkiniais su 15 salų ir 22 liūtų tiltais garsėjančio Burbiškio dvaro (Radviliškio r.) kompleksas. Patraukliausia Lietuvos kultūrinio turizmo vietove pretendavo tapti ir Paežerių dvaro sodyba, sauganti ne tik iš Suvalkijos kilusių šešių Vasario 16-osios signatarų istorijas, bet ir Belvederio bokšto legendą apie nelaimingą grafo meilę, ir Radvilų laikus menanti Biržų pilis.

Apie patraukliausias turizmo traukos vietoves Lietuvoje yra sukurti video, profesionalios fotografijos. Žinia apie jas buvo skleidžiama socialiniuose tinkluose, spaudoje. 2018 m. kovo mėn. Pakruojo dvaras bus pristatytas iškilmingoje ceremonijoje Briuselyje kartu su kitomis išskirtiniausiomis Europos kultūrinio turizmo vietovėmis.

Ankstesni laimėtojai: EDEN projektą „Patraukliausia Lietuvos turizmo vietovė 2015. Turizmas ir vietinė gastronomija“ laimėjo Druskininkų savivaldybėje kepamas šakotis; 2013 m. EDEN nugalėtojas – Telšiai kaip vietovė, pritaikyta visiems; 2011 m.„Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietove“ buvo paskelbtas Všį Rokiškio turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Rokiškio dvaro sodyba“ kaip išskirtiniausias atstatytas ir pritaikytas turizmui statinys Lietuvoje; 2010 m. Lietuvos darnaus vandens turizmo traukos vietove išrinktas Zarasų rajono turizmo informacijos centro projektas „Zarasų kraštas – dangaus krantas žemėje“; Nemuno deltos regioninis parkas 2009 m. pelnė išskirtinės gamtos, kultūros ir turizmo darnos vietovės vardą; o „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2008. Nematerialus paveldas“ laimėtoju buvo išrinktas Žemaitijos nacionalinis parkas.

EDEN (angl. European Destinations of Excellence) apdovanojimai skiriami naujoms, mažai žinomoms Europos turizmo vietovėms 27 šalyse narėse ir šalyse kandidatėse. Išrinktos vietovės įsipareigoja puoselėti socialinį, kultūrinį ir aplinkos tvarumą. Rinkdama šias vietoves EDEN siekia atkreipti dėmesį į Europos turizmo vietovių vertybes, įvairovę ir bendras savybes. Ji padeda skleisti informaciją apie naujas Europos turizmo vietoves, sukuria sąlygas visoje Europoje keistis gera praktika ir skatina ryšius tarp apdovanojimus pelniusių vietovių.Geriausio kultūrinio turizmo projekto rinkimus įgyvendina Valstybinis turizmo departamentas prie Ūkio ministerijos vykdydamas 2017 m. EDEN projektą „Lietuvos turizmo traukos vietovė 2017. Kultūrinis turizmas”.

Christopher L. Thompson, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Christopher L. Thompson, President and CEO, Brand USA with Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips at IPW.

“Brand USA”, kaip Jungtinių Valstijų rinkodaros organizacija, siekia didinti nuolatinį tarptautinį aplankymą, kad būtų galima kurti tautos ekonomiką ir pagerinti JAV įvaizdį visame pasaulyje. “Brand USA” pradėjo veikti 2011 m. gegužės mėnesį, įsteigtu “Travel Promotion Act”, kaip pirmosios šalies viešojo ir privačiojo sektorių partnerystės iniciatyva, siekiant paskatinti pasauliniu mastu suderintas rinkodaros pastangas propaguoti Jungtines Valstijas kaip pagrindinę kelionių paskirties vietą , apie JAV vizų ir įvažiavimo politiką.

Brand USA  www.thebrandusa.com

Silvija Zalepugiene with Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association at IPW – Silvija Travel Tips

Silvija Zalepugiene, Silvija Travel Tips with Roger Dow, President and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association at the CityPass media reception and awards at IPW.

U.S. Travel Association www.ustravel.org

Four travel journalists captured top honors in the U.S. Travel Association and Brand USA’s  IPW Travel Writer Awards competition, sponsored by CityPASS. The winners were announced yesterday during a media reception at the IPW trade show in New Orleans, Louisiana. The U.S. Travel Association, which coordinates the awards, received more than 150 contest entries from journalists representing 58 countries. The winners were as follows:

Best IPW Host City (Orlando) Article — Brazilian editor Amanda Fernandes Leonel de Queiroz captured top honors in this category, which judges articles highlighting the previous year’s IPW host city. After attending IPW 2015 in Orlando, Leonel was inspired to write a cover story for Melhor Viagem, a travel magazine targeting readers 55+ in Brazil. As the title of her article,Orlando: De volta à infância” (Orlando: Back to Childhood), suggests, all you need to enjoy Orlando is a youthful spirit and a willingness to explore new horizons.

Best U.S. Travel Destination Article — Due to the high number of outstanding entries received, the judges selected two winners in this category. Phoebe Smith, editor-in-chief of the U.K.-based travel magazine Wanderlust, won for her story “A Walk in the Woods.” Using Bill Bryson’s classic travel book of the same name as her inspiration, Smith drove the entire 2,180-mile length of the Appalachian Trail over a two-week period, cherry-picking the main highlights to explore on foot as she went. The resulting story, published in the October 2015 issue of Wanderlust, is chock-full of great information for would-be hikers, as well as engaging descriptions of the colorful personalities Smith met along the way.

Also winning in this category is Lindsay Sutton, a freelance travel journalist from the United Kingdom. On the 100th anniversary of President Theodore Roosevelt’s creation of America’s expansive and much-envied National Parks system, Sutton chronicled a trek across North Dakota, the U.S. state where the idea for the National Parks system was born. Sutton’s article, “Follow in a President’s Footsteps,” appeared in the Manchester Evening News in February 2016. Sutton’s prose takes readers down unsigned dirt roads, through the rugged North Dakota Badlands, and to the far corners of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, all the while highlighting the personality and motivations of the man who would become America’s first “conservationist in chief.”

Best Trade Publication Article — Héctor Fabio Rizzo, editor of Mexico’s TOUR Magazine, won top honors for “La NUEVA New York” (The NEW New York). Through beautiful pictures and words, Rizzo’s article describes the distinctive flavor of New York, created by its diverse population, neighborhoods and energy. His story invites readers to discover the Big Apple’s new attractions and features, including One World Observatory at One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, relocated to a brand-new building in New York’s Meatpacking District.
During their evaluation of the entries, this year’s judges looked for articles that featured original ideas and exceptional storytelling skills, as well as prose that would inspire readers to travel to the United States.

The IPW Travel Writer Awards competition is held annually. Each of the winning writers receives $1,000 U.S. and an award certificate. This year’s competition was sponsored by CityPASS, the company that offers discounted admission packages to the top attractions in 12 North American destinations. ###

The U.S. Travel Association is a national, nonprofit organization representing all components of the travel industry, which generates $2.1 trillion in economic output and supports 15 million jobs. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States. For more information, visit www.ustravel.org.

For nearly 20 years, CityPASS ticket booklets have been the premier product for travelers who want to visit a destination’s top attractions while enjoying significant savings of up to 50 percent. CityPASS ticket booklets, which have a 97 percent customer recommendation rating, contain prepaid admission to the most popular attractions in 12 North American destinations: New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Southern California, Tampa Bay and Toronto. For more information, visit CityPASS.com.

Miami Seaquarium, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium a world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter.

Miami Seaquarium Website: www.miamiseaquarium.com

Miami Seaquarium
4400 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Telephone +1 305/361-5705

Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.miamiandbeaches.com

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Miami Family Temptations, Florida – Silvija Travel Tips

Miami Seaquarium
A world-class marine-life entertainment park features eight marine animal shows and presentations. It is home to Lolita, the Killer Whale and TV superstar Flipper. Guests will discover the grace of bottlenose dolphins, and laugh with the adventures of Salty the Sea Lion. Other exhibits include Crocodiles, Salty’s Pirate Playground, stingray touch pool, and friendly Manatees. Visitors can get up-close to these friendly mammals through dolphin interaction programs at Dolphin Harbor or walk underwater among tropical fish during a Sea Trek Reef Encounter. www.miamiseaquarium.com

Jungle Island
Family attraction located in the heart of the city, between Downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon the rich tradition Parrot Jungle began in 1936, it is home to some of the world’s rarest and most incredible animals, including Mama Cass, the only tame Cassowary on the planet; the liger, who holds the Guinness Book of World Records title as the World’s Largest Cat; and Peanut and Pumpkin, only the third set of Orangutan twins to be born in captivity. Guests can participate in hands-on interactions with some of the animals, marvel at the engaging animal shows and are amazed by the park’s breathtaking landscapes and vistas. www.jungleisland.com

Miami Children’s Museum
Play, learn, imagine and create on Watson Island with the museum’s 14 interactive and bilingual exhibit galleries, as well as daily programming for the whole family. The museum also offers seasonal camps and classes, custom birthday party packages and more. Pick up a unique souvenir from Kid Smart Educational Gift Shop, and lunch at Subway. www.miamichildrensmuseum.org

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
The 2.6-acre urban green space at the heart of South Beach was transformed in 2011 with a $1.2 million landscape renovation designed by South Florida landscape architect Raymond Jungles. The new landscape showcases Florida native plants and trees, significant new water gardens and cascading fountains, a welcoming entrance.

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Visit Hershey, Harrisburg, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

Visit Hershey Harrisburg where Sweet Family Fun meets Urban Eclectic and the Great Outdoors meets Rich History and Culture.

The Hershey Harrisburg Region is best known by many as the birthplace of Milton Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Bar. For others, it’s home to the priceless Pennsylvania State Capitol Building that’s often referred to as a “Palace of Art.” We’re both of those things, and so, so much more!

Whether you know us a little or you’re not quite sure what we’re all about, we’re here to shine a light on all things Sweet Family Fun, Urban Eclectic and Exploring in the Great Outdoors

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The Roosevelt Hotel, New York – Silvija travel Tips

Experience the quintessential New York City hotel, where classic elegance meets contemporary luxury. Opened during the Jazz Age, The Roosevelt Hotel impresses with its grand architecture and spectacular interiors beautifully restored to their original brilliance. The “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” is the pinnacle of classic New York City glamour and an iconic Manhattan landmark.

In the city that never sleeps, you’ll find relaxation in beautiful guestrooms and luxurious suites. Savor creative gastronomy and classic cocktails in Vander Bar or the Madison Club Lounge, or head up to mad46 to mingle in the sky-high chic of our rooftop onsite bar. To paraphrase our namesake President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel speaks softly and carries a big New York City guest experience.

Located at Madison Avenue and 45th Street in the heart of midtown Manhattan, The Roosevelt Hotel is a true New York City landmark. Step outside our elegant hotel in Manhattan to discover the world’s most captivating city and legendary attractions, including the Empire State Building, 5th Avenue shopping, Times Square, Rockefeller Center and the Broadway Theater District. Explore the oasis of Central Park, see a concert at Carnegie Hall, watch the NY Knicks play at Madison Square Garden and marvel at the Museum of Modern Art – all within steps of our front doors. We are conveniently two blocks from Grand Central Terminal, where you can catch the train to JFK International, Newark Liberty International and LaGuardia airports. If you’re driving in, we offer valet parking right at the entrance of the hotel.

Step through the doors of the historic Roosevelt Hotel NYC and the magnificent ambience transports you back to the classic setting of New York City in the Roaring Twenties. Renowned as the “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue,” this iconic hotel opened in 1924 and has been renovated to its original grandeur.

The Roosevelt Hotel has been a landmark on the Manhattan skyline since it opened on September 22, 1924. Over the last 90 years , this elegant hotel has remained a true icon of New York City, welcoming guests from around the world. From the Roaring 20’s and Prohibition, World War II and the Baby Boomers, Woodstock to music videos, and Y2K to smartphones, The Roosevelt Hotel has remained a quintessential New York City experience and a part of the cultural fabric of America.

Synonymous with the rich history of The Roosevelt Hotel, Guy Lombardo and his orchestra performed their first show at the Roosevelt Grill on October 3, 1929 and continued to play there for the next 30 years. It was at the Grill that he first broadcast what would become a famous New Years Eve tradition, playing “Auld Lang Syne”.

The Roosevelt Hotel has appeared in several major motion pictures, including The Boiler Room, Wall Street, Quiz Show, Presumed Innocent, Malcolm X, Monday Night Mayhem, The French Connection, Hanky Panky, Maid in Manhattan, The Hoax, and 1408. Infused with NYC culture and luxury, the hotel was most recently featured in the films Man on a Ledge, Men in Black 3 and The Dictator.

The Roosevelt Hotel
45 East 45th Street & Madison Avenue
New York, NY, 10017

The Roosevelt Hotel, New York  www.theroosevelthotel.com

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Sea Mist Thimble Islands Cruise, Stony Creek, Connecticut, USA – Silvija Travel Tips

Join Captain Mike and the crew of the Sea Mist as you tour the famous Thimble Islands off the coast of Branford, Connecticut, USA. For nearly fifty years, 1,000s of seafarers have enjoyed tours and charters of the Long Island Sound with Thimble Island Cruise.

The Sea Mist is a 44 ft. Carmen Boat of Chesapeake Design. ThE vessel was designed for sightseeing and private cruise with large removable windows and comfortable seating. The Sea Mist can carry 49 passengers for sightseeing and 38 passengers for private charter. There are two decks- the lower can be completely enclosed and heated when necessary. The upper deck is for observation under the sun or stars. Both decks have speakers. The Sea Mist is located in Stony Creek, CT, off of exit 56 in Branford,

Sea Mist Thimble Islands Cruise www.thimbleislandcruise.com
Connecticut Tourism. www.ctvisit.com

Fly from Dublin, Ireland to Hartfotd, USA with Aer Lingus and explore Connecticut, USA. www.aerlingus.com

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