And they’re off! Writers vie for 34 top prizes Page 2
If it’s true that good things come in threes, the NATJA 2003 awards competition is off to a good start.
The annual contest, which runs from July 1-November 1, features three Grand Prizes, three donations from Historic Hotels of America, and three
Fairmonts, plus two J.W. Marriott resorts and two scenic railroad companies. Geographically, prizes stretch from the Maldive Islands to Bermuda, with E.mails reflect Newport’s afterglow Wrapup
Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands adding international spice to the mix. California, Arizona, and Florida resorts are included, as
well as city properties in Boston, New York, and Washington. (Continued from page 1)
We were honored to be your first (conference,
Two of the three Grand Prizes are longer than any previously offered to NATJA and 23 of the 34 prize packages have been provided by first-time
Most prizes are three-night stays for two, valid anytime during calendar year 2004, though many include some or all meals, spa treatments, or other
that is) and it was a personal and professional pleas-
ure to deal with Dan Schlossberg and Elizabeth
Barnes in making the first the best! Wishing you all the
LETTERS est active Jewish congregation in North America
(it has a framed letter from George Washington
extra amenities. For most, however, transportation is not included. best in the future. near the entrance).
ROBERT ROSENBERG Keynote speaker Randy Johnson, editor-in-chief With more than two hours of free time before
NATJA will also award certificates to runner-ups in each category. of Hemispheres, delivered a truly passionate and
Contestants will compete in 27 categories, two of them new (best travel magazine, best newspaper travel section). The contest is open to all jour- President dinner, delegates tried the new spa at the Hotel
Newport CVB inspiring launch for the conference, making me Viking, hopped sightseeing trolleys, joined har-
nalists, broadcasters, editors, authors, and publicists, though paid NATJA members in good standing pay only half the $50 fee per entry. remember exactly why I got into this business in the
All entries, which are nonreturnable, will again be judged by New Jersey Business magazine’s top two editors, Jim Prior and Anthony Birritteri. first place. Jill Schensul, leisure editor of The Record, bor cruises, or accepted invitations to high tea at
Our team would like to thank NATJA for allowing the Cliffside Inn, one of three components to a
See the official entry form on Page 3 and complete sponsor information in the centerfold. Newport to host your first conference. The journalists was humorous, down-to-earth, and extremely hands-
got a lot out of the core conference and the pre/post on with her tips for marketing to newspapers. The dig- group called Legendary Inns of Newport. With
options. Honestly I think NATJA has more potential to ital/internet panel allowed for an educational exchange Newport’s famous Cliff Walk just a stone’s throw
grow than any other travel trade association today. of ideas between members and Carla Caccavale of from the inn, Randy Johnson and Dan
The future for this organization, and the role it plays in Quinn & Co. offered important insights for dealing with Schlossberg used a late-afternoon break in the
travel journalism, is very promising. travel PR companies. weather for a short hike above the rocky shore-
The WAYFARER As I said in my closing comments, it is important As for all the memorable experiences delivered
by Evan Smith and his team at the Newport CVB, I line.
that your team carry this potential to the next level so Marble House, open for dinner only on rare
that all can benefit from a strong partnership (journal- don’t think I shall ever forget our dinner at the opulent
ists & destinations). It was great making history Marble House mansion. Surrounded by golden ceiling occasions, gave conference attendees a chance
together. As the saying goes, “You always remember suns, sparkling crystal chandeliers, and creamy mar- to change from sweats to suits, with jackets and
North American Travel Journalists Association the first time.” ble hearth sculptures, I felt we were acting out a deli- ties required for men and cocktail dresses worn
EVAN SMITH cious scene from an Edith Wharton novel. by many of the women. The five-star dining
Vice President Thanks for a job extremely well-done. Bravo! experience matched the opulence of the one-
Newport CVB MAUREEN LITTLEJOHN
New York, NY time Vanderbilt residence, which was also open
Summer 2003 Volume 11 Issue 3 for touring by the NATJA guests.
It was truly our pleasure to be part of the success Wednesday’s schedule began, after break-
of your first annual conference for NATJA. As an Thank you so much for an incredible conference
industry professional, we all must work together to in Newport! I came away so enriched and energized. fast, with a choice of one professional develop-
keep hospitality and tourism in the forefront of as Today I sold two stories to the Dallas Morning News ment seminar: a Schlossberg-hosted travel
many people as possible. I look forward to a mutually travel section – something I’ve wanted to do for a long writer’s roundtable in the Hotel Viking’s presi-
THANK YOU, NEWPORT rewarding partnership in the future.
Director of Sales
time but just never got around to it. This just one small
example of the ways I’ve grown professionally from
being around other journalists, and seeing a part of the
world I had never experienced.
Being a freelance writer is so isolating; it was just
dential suite; a second PR-travel writer network-
ing discussion led by Carla Caccavale; or a not-
for-beginners discussion of how to best use the
Internet and world-wide web, including digital
fabulous getting to network that way. I’m certain some photography, moderated by David Bohline, Matt
Learning experience Seminars, sightseeing, I want to congratulate Dan Schlossberg and
Elizabeth Barnes for organizing a stellar first annual
NATJA conference. The seminars were enlightening,
of the friends I made there I’ll know all my life – the
Neelys and Janet Strassman-Perlmutter, for example.
In addition, John McGrail and I have agreed to
Beshear, and Justin Woo of Apollo Interactive,
NATJA’s operational arm. The Apollo crew was a
last-minute substitution for scheduled speaker
or reunion? Member social events vie as top the networking opportunities were relaxed and plenti-
ful, and the hosting for our many social activities by the
Newport CVB was outstanding.
collaborate, packaging his photos and my words
toegther. He’s joining us on our press trip to Arizona
next week and will be taking photos to go with my first
article in the Dallas paper. It was great to tell the edi-
Pamela Lanier, unable to attend because of ill-
After the two-hour marketplace and a 30-
captures memories conference memory tor that yes, I do have art to go with my story!
I’d like to be your liaison here in the Midwest and
minute break to regroup and grab a box lunch,
delegates departed for sightseeing tours. They
By CHARLES JACOBS Thanks to the efforts of the Newport Convention & Visitors Bureau and MEMBERS contact the Chicago CVB, the Tribune, or any other
people you deem appropriate, and to explore having a
future NATJA conference here.
gathered again later for a progressive dinner that
began with cocktails at 22 Bowen’s, on the
The assessment seemed to be unanimous among attendees: more than a dozen local sponsors, NATJA’s first national convention SHERI L. ZIEMANN waterfront, and ended with a candlelight dinner,
Longtime NATJA member Charles Jacobs of
NATJA’s first annual conference was a rousing success. received rave reviews from the journalists and suppliers who attended. Grayslake, IL with music by Beethoven, at the Castle Hill Inn
Woodcliff Lake, NJ has published his first novel. “Blood
More than just a professional learning experience, it quickly took on The three-day conference, which started May 12, featured morning Bond,” published by First Books Library, is the story of
the ambience of a reunion, although in many cases these were first meet- seminars devoted to professional development; afternoon sightseeing; and two very different brothers and the socioeconomic con-
Thank you for putting on the fabulous NATJA con- That property is perched at the peak of a
ings. Writers broke away from their computers to share experiences with evening dinner parties hosted by several different venues. Also included ference. I’ve worked on conferences and know the photogenic peninsula reachable by motorcoach
ditions that formed their personalities. The former editor work that goes into pulling it off. The Newport confer-
fellow journalists. The mood was convivial and warm. was a two-hour open marketplace that allowed travel media to meet more of TWI, who has extensive travel-writing credits, Charles via the scenic Ocean Drive (Hammersmith Farm,
For Dan Schlossberg, who has shepherded NATJA from its concep- than 40 travel industry suppliers, many from New England but some from ence was just terrific. Thanks for all your hard work. home of Jacqueline Bouvier before her Newport
is under contract for a second book. Copies of the first You guys “wowed” all of us.
tion to this high point, this had to be a wonderfully rewarding four days. as far away as Montana and California. are available for $12.50 from www.1stbooks.com (Tel. COLLEEN FLIEDNER wedding to John F. Kennedy, is along the way).
And it obviously was, from the constant smile on his face as he scurried Things went so well that NATJA president Dan Schlossberg told the 888-280-7715) or $15.95 from retailers. Orange, CA Many of those who attended also added a
about the Hotel Viking. The conference was in a great sense a tribute to group at the final banquet that he’d like to package the Newport CVB for Bruce Northam’s third book, “Globetrotter Dogma: pre or post-conference press trip, offered by
the years he spent building NATJA into the leading organization of travel use in planning and hosting future conventions, regardless of location. 100 canons for escaping the rat race & exploring the Dan and Elizabeth both did a great job and American House Communications, Blackstone
journalists. Planning for the convention began last August when Schlossberg world,” is in its fourth printing. He continues as travel Newport turned out to be a great location. Elizabeth Valley Tourism, Block Island Tourism, the Cape
And yes, Virginia, there really is an Elizabeth Barnes! For almost all accepted an offer from Evan Smith, vice president of travel planning for the columnist for The Improper Hamptonian, writer-at-large did a truly professional job and Dan did the right thing, Cod Chamber of Commerce, Michael Patrick
of us, this was our first opportunity to meet this remarkable young lady in Newport CVB, and immediately chose the May dates. Over the next nine for Blue Magazine, contributor to National Geographic delegating all the details to Elizabeth. Destinations & Communications, the Mystic
Everyone learned from this experience. Those at
person after badgering her with telephoned questions and problems over months, NATJA executive director Elizabeth Barnes worked out the details Traveler, and lecturer about world travel nationwide via
my radio stations thanked me for doing at least a 30- Marriott Resort & Spa, and the Providence
the past year. Liz, as I came to call her when we spoke five or six times and joined Schlossberg in a midwinter scouting trip to Rhode Island. Evan Program Corporation of America. Find details on his minute show. The owner sees this as a future oppor- Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as the
daily while reorganizing the TWI website, almost singlehandedly created Smith served as tour guide, introducing them to the hoteliers, restaura- website, www.AmericanDetour.com. tunity to bring “Travel With Kal” and “the Bob Muscatell Newport CVB.
the conference. teurs, and other interested sponsors. Sharon Spence has completed her move from Show” to different locations and/or different confer- Key sponsors of the NATJA conference
Matt, her fiancee, performed yeoman’s service without complaint, no It was on that trip that Andrea Carneiro, communications manager for New Mexico to Charleston, S.C. The move coincided ences. The feedback I received from listeners was included Southwest Airlines, Amtrak, and Thrifty
matter how menial a necessary task might be. He chauffeured, moved Newport Mansions, offered to host a formal dinner for NATJA at Marble with the Newport convention and precluded her from very positive. Car Rental, which provided reduced rates for
tables and chairs, and was always ready to assist harried journalists. House, one of the area’s most famous Gilded Age structures. For many attending. KAL LONDON participants; the Hotel Viking, Hyatt Regency
New Britain, CT
David Bohline, Elizabeth’s superior, contributed substantially to the event who attended, that lavish banquet was a convention highlight. Newport, Marriott Newport, and Newport Harbor
as well and has made our organization much more member-friendly and But there were many others. Hotel and Marina, which donated complimentary
informative. The first official function was a Monday night welcome reception at the rooms; and the Newport CVB, which provided
Much of the credit for the success of the conference must go to the Hyatt Regency Newport. Although cold, damp weather forced the outdoor box lunches during the two days of afternoon
Newport CVB folks, from president Robert Rosenberg (who attended clambake indoors, the lavish affair provided a preview of good things to sightseeing.
many of our functions) to Evan Smith, who works directly with travel jour-
nalists, and his charming ladies Kathryn and Anne Marie. They respond-
ed to every request with gracious smiles, no matter how trying the situa-
Tuesday’s schedule began with breakfast at the Hotel Viking, the con-
vention headquarters, and a power-point presentation by Randy Johnson,
The WAYFARER Others who provided meals, entertainment,
or gifts included Festival Productions, The City of
Newport, Newport Harbor Corporation, Noble
North American Travel Journalists Association
tion. They also ferreted out info that we needed for stories and kept the editor-in-chief of the United inflight Hemispheres. House Hotels & Resorts, Rhode Island Tourism,
conference on track. In addition, they organized sumptuous banquets in For the next two hours, delegates chose among several seminars, 531 Main Street #902, El Segundo, CA 90245 and Warren of California, as well as the various
elegant surroundings and made Newport one of the most welcoming des- including Selling and Improving Your Work by Jill Schensul, award-winning dinner venues and the Hotel Viking, which host-
tinations I have ever covered. travel editor of The Record (Hackensack, NJ); networking with a PR firm, ed breakfast twice.
To those of you who missed this event, take heed, and make certain featuring Carla Caccavale, a partner in New York’s Quinn & Company; and NATJA sponsored the van shuttle service
to enroll next year. You missed a marvelous learning and social experi- a travel writers’ roundtable moderated by Dan Schlossberg. Published bimonthly, except March and August. Fax 201-791-3349. E.mail that linked Newport with the air and rail gateway
ence. There were five sightseeing options for the afternoon: two mansion Dan@natja.org. Elizabeth Barnes, publisher. Dan Schlossberg, editor-in-chief. NATJA of Providence, about 40 minutes away.
From those of us who were fortunate enough to attend, a most sin- tours, a walking tour, plus visits to local museums or wineries. Some of encourages input from both members and others in the travel/hospitality industry but More than 75 journalists and 45 vendors
cere thanks to the devoted folks who made this conference so special. those on the walking tour also had time to visit the Touro Synagogue, old- attended the conference even though most
reserves the right to edit material for brevity, clarity, and good taste. arrangements were made during the height of
Charles Jacobs of Woodcliff Lake, NJ is a long-time NATJA member. (Continued on page 2) the war in Iraq.
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2003 NATJA Awards Competition Awards Sponsors
JOURNALIST CATEGORIES Photography Many leading hotels, resorts, and transportation companies have generously provided prizes for the 2003 NATJA awards.
Newspaper, Magazine, Internet, Video, Radio 17. Overall excellence Unless specified otherwise, all prizes are valid for complimentary four-day, three-night stays for two people sharing luxury accom-
1a. Destination Travel: domestic (newspaper) 18. Best cover photo modations between Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2004. Some prizes are only valid for two nights but may include breakfast, brunch, dinner, or some
1b. Destination Travel: domestic (magazine) 19. Landscape, Sunset, Mountain or Ocean View combination of meals, while several prizes are all-inclusive. All are subject to space availability.
2a. Destination Travel: international (newspaper) 20. Architecture and/or Facility There are three Grand Prizes, to be awarded to the best overall entries, and 31 individual prizes.
2b. Destination Travel: international (magazine) Judges may award multiple prizes in any category but do not have to award prizes in every category.
3. Bylined column (print) After winners are notified in November, they will receive ballots to rank their Top 10 prize preferences. Judges will assign prizes,
4. Local Lifestyle (i.e. India’s snakecharmers) BUSINESS/PUBLICATION CATEGORIES giving preference to paid NATJA members and multiple winners. Prizes will be distributed before the end of the year.
5. Leisure Activity (i.e. dining out in France) Public Relations & Advertising The official 2003 prize list (*indicates past sponsorship):
6. Series (one or multiple authors) 21. Press Release *GRAND PRIZE 1. Wyoming Trails (8 nights). This $4,300 prize, donated by Montana Rockies Rail Tours, departs from Denver
7. Sports in conjunction with travel 22. Brochure, Program, or Newsletter with a deluxe motorcoach trip through Wyoming, stopping at the Oregon Trail, a Pony Express station, and massive hot springs. From
8. Resorts (descriptions of hotels, inns, B&Bs) 23. Best overall press kit Cody, the tour continues into Yellowstone National Park for two days of exploring. Then it’s on to Livingston, Mont. to board the
9. Cruises 24. Best CVB/Tourist Bureau Web site Montana Daylight, America’s longest-distance daylight-only tour train, for a two-day journey westbound through Montana’s Big Sky
10. Personality profile country and across the Northern Montana Rockies. Relive “the Golden Age of Rail” on restored railroad carriages from the streamlin-
11. Historical travel er era of the ‘40s and ‘50s while enjoying a day in Big Sky class, seated in a dome car, and a day in the ultra-luxurious Montana Gold,
12. Best travel broadcast (audio or visual only) the most opulent rail car service in North America. No more than 14 guests share these cars with their private chef and stewards.
13. Best travel article written for Internet Editorial Excellence
25. Best newspaper travel section *GRAND PRIZE 2. Pacific Paradise (7 nights). Last year, the Four Seasons Maldives won first prize in the Press Kit category.
Books 26. Best travel magazine This year, it is donating a prize: a three-night stay for two, with breakfast, in beach bungalow accommodations, plus an all-inclusive
14. Best travel book 27. Best online travel magazine four-night cruise on the Four Seasons Island Explorer, a 22-passenger vessel that visits exotic atolls. The secluded, 106-room tropi-
28. Destination Travel: domestic (newspaper) cal resort, consists of villas and bungalows (some on stilts above the lagoon) on the fringe of a 12-acre island. In addition to scuba
Business & Trade press 29. Destination Travel: domestic (magazine) diving, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling, the resort has a spa reachable in minutes by dhoni (native Madivian wooden boat). It fea-
15. General trade story 30. Destination Travel: international (newspaper) tures innovative treatments from India, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Maldive Islands, blending ancient regional traditions with natural
16. Tips & Advice 31. Destination Travel: international (magazine) ingredients.
GRAND PRIZE 3. Windy City Windfall (4 nights). Chicago not only wins big prizes but also donates them. This $4,000 package
includes a four-night stay in the Fairmont Chicago, with views of the city and lakefront, plus dinner for two in aria, home of culturally-
inspired, comfortably-American cuisine, and two Serenity Baths, in-room spa treatments provided by the hotel’s Bath Sommelier (value
Grand Prizes & Judges' Decisions $1600); roundtrip tickets to Chicago from any of Spirit Airlines’ 14 markets (value $1600); dinner for two at Blackbird, an award-win-
Judges are empowered to select three entries as best overall, with winners to receive a Grand Prize. Such entries must rise well above ning French restaurant in the city’s West Loop district; a $100 gift certificate to Piazza Bella Trattoria, named one of America’s best
the ordinary. Judges may make more than one award per category but do not have to award prizes in every category. restaurants by Gourmet Magazine last year; two $150 dinner gift cards for The Signature Room at the 95th, at John Hancock Center;
Business/Publication prizes do not include trips. Judges may also make Special Awards at their own discretion for unusually outstand- and two CityPass booklets providing admission to Adler Planetarium, the Museum of Science & Industry, Hancock Observatory, and
ing entries. Distribution of award certificates will be the sole decision of judges after consultation with winners. Judges will announce more.
winners Dec. 1 with prizes and runner-up certificates distributed before the end of the year. Prizes are subject to space availability and *Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA. This Harvard Square property, minutes from downtown Boston, is an easy walk from bookshops,
policies of providers. cafes, history, Harvard, and the Charles River. Winner and guest will enjoy the fitness center, spa, library, down quilts, and spacious
NATJA AWARDS – ENTRY FORM *The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, Longboat Key, FL (3 nights in one-bedroom suite). This stylish all-suite resort, located on
18 acres of private beachfront, is widely considered the top tennis resort in the USA. Guests enjoy 21 courts, health spa, full-service
Register Online at www.natja.org/awards salon, on-property shopping, three waterfront restaurants, and more. Minutes from Sarasota, The Colony maintains golf memberships
You may enter as many qualifying entries as you would like. Please photocopy this form to submit more than two entries. Just complete 5 EASY STEPS. at 10 of the Gulf Coast’s finest clubs.
Coyaba Beach Resort & Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica (2 nights). This 50-room beachfront resort, the only Jamaican member of
STEP 1 - Status and Fees: Small Luxury Hotels of the World, was one of Fodor’s Top 10 choices for best hotels in the Caribbean. Prize includes accommoda-
tions for two, tennis, fitness room, all on-property watersports, and daily afternoon tea.
NATJA/EWNB Member Non-member Journalist Business / Publication *Crowne Plaza San Francisco International Hotel (3 nights, 2 meals). This prize includes either dinner for two or breakfast for
$25 per entry $50 per entry $125 per entry two in West Bay Café plus dinner at Tommy Toy’s Cuisine Chinoise. A 309-room property located two miles south of the airport, this
hotel has a heated pool and whirlpool spa, fitness center, business center, and complimentary airport shuttle service. Its guest rooms
STEP 2 - Contact Information:
and suites, fresh from a multi-million-dollar renovation, feature high-speed Internet access and many amenities. There’s also a Crowne
Name: Plaza Club floor and lounge.
Delamar Greenwich Harbor. Connecticut’s only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World invites the winner and guest to stay
Address: in a harbor-view suite, complete with working fireplace, marble bath with Jacuzzi, DVD and CD players, flat-screen TV, and other
amenities. Just off Exit 3 on I-95, the property is two blocks from Metro North’s Greenwich station and just steps from world-class shop-
City: State/Prov: Postal Code: ping and the Bruce Museum.
*Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu, La Malbaie, Quebec (3-night stay for two plus breakfasts). Nestled high atop the windswept cliff
Tel: Fax: of Pointe-au-Pic, this world-class resort towers over the St. Lawrence River. The 405-room property has developed a reputation for
Email Address: fine hospitality over more than a century. In addition to a myriad of recreational activity (including whale-watching cruises in summer),
guests may partake of gaming at the Charlevoix Casino or relax in a health spa featuring 22 treatment rooms. The resort is 90 min-
STEP 3 - Entries: utes from Quebec City.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This prize includes a three-night stay and two 60-minute treatments at Willow Stream Spa, plus
Entry 1 Title: Entry 2 Title: daily spa access. The 650-room Southwestern Colonial resort is located on a 450-acre tract overlooking the Scottsdale and McDowell
Mountains. One of its two 18-hole golf courses is the site of the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open. Other features include three heated pools,
Date Published: Date Published: five restaurants, and seven tennis courts. Its water slides, which measure 186 and 199 feet long, are believed to be the longest in
Outlet/Pub: Outlet/Pub: Arizona.
Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda. The “Putt & Pamper Package” includes a round of golf for two plus one spa treatment. The
Category: Category: full-service, 100-acre resort, perched on the highest point of this British-flavored island, has 593 rooms, a private beach, swimming
pool, flowering gardens, golf, tennis, and the world-renowned Willow Stream spa and fitness center.
STEP 4 - Payment: The Fan House, Barnard, VT (includes breakfast). Experience concierge-style service in a world-class setting under the guiding
hand of Sara Widness, New York publicist whose clients included Rio de Janeiro, Australia’s Gold Coast, and many European desti-
Check/Money Order Made Payable to “NATJA” VISA MasterCard AMEX nations. The former home of Vermont’s first female lawyer, this charming B&B has attic bricks that once served as shields against
Indian arrows. The structure is a replica of a building that once graced Twin Farms, a nearby property that author Sinclair Lewis called
home. Fan House is 147 miles northeast of Albany, 98 miles south of Burlington, 157 miles northwest of Boston, and 160 miles west
Credit Card Number Expiration Date Grove Isle Hotel & Club, Coconut Grove, FL. This 49-room property, a member of Noble Hotels & Resorts, is perched beside
Biscayne Bay, just 15 minutes from Miami International Airport. Each of the spacious guest rooms has a private terrace and is accent-
ed with blond mahogany furnishings, Brazilian granite tabletops, terra cotta tile floors, and Italian marble bathrooms. Grove Island also
Signature has 12 Har-Tru tennis courts and a staff of USTA teaching pros.
*Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ (3-night stay for two in a casita + breakfast). Since the 1930s, the Hermosa Inn has been an
STEP 5 – Submit Entries:
oasis of hospitality in the quiet desert enclave of Paradise Valley, a Phoenix suburb. Hand-built by cowboy artist Lon Megargee as his
Clip this form from The Wayfarer. Mail form and payment with a photocopy or duplicate of your entries to NATJA AWARDS, 531 Main Street #902, El Segundo, home and studio, the Hermosa Inn’s 35 rooms (some in spacious adobe casitas) and main lodge have been restored to embody a
CA 90245. Entries will not be returned. warm southwestern spirit. This $1,273.03 prize will enable the recipient to relax and restore the soul.
Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, Mexico (3-night stay with all meals). The setting of this 375-room property, open since
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Summer surprises stretch from cities to seashore
February 4, 2002, is breathtaking: it’s perched on the banks of the Sea of Cortez at the southern tip of Baja California Sur. The world-
class resort also includes a 7500-sq. ft. spa, one of the finest found anywhere in Mexico. ADVENTURE TRAVEL EXPO: Thinking of
Holiday Inn Airport, Jacksonville (3-night stay on concierge floor). This 489-room property is minutes from the beaches as well
as the airport. The hotel is known for its comprehensive amenities, thoughtful extras, and Caribbean themed restaurant, plus proxim-
a Himalayan trek? Considering whitewater raft-
ing in Colorado? What about bird-watching in a TRIPS FOR MEMBERS
ity to I-95. South American rainforest? Whatever a travel-
Holiday Inn, Mt. Kisco, NY (includes breakfast + one dinner). This “Manor & Mansions” prize, created by the Westchester County er’s passion includes, from skiing to golfing, can example, has a Yellow Submarine desk lamp NEW ORLEANS: The latest Hotel Monaco,
CVB, includes passes to historic Hudson Valley attractions, tickets to the Westchester Broadway Theater, and roundtrip airport trans- be found at the Adventures in Travel Expo and a dozen handwritten lyrics from various a 250-room property in the historic St. Charles
fers by Stardust Limousine Service between White Plains Airport (HPN) and the 122-room Holiday Inn. (ATE) at New York’s Javits Convention Center Beatles songs. There’s an assortment of jazz Avenue Masonic Temple, is scheduled to open
Hotel Caravelle, St. Croix, USVI (includes breakfast). This boutique hotel on the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands offers a rare Jan. 9-11, 2004. The event is sponsored by The instruments in the Miles Davis suite, plus relat- August 25, joining sister Monacos in San
combination of laid-back, chic, tropical sports and guest-pampering service. The European-style property, which blends Old World New York Post, 1010 WINS radio, and National ed CDs and books. The Hotel Monaco’s corner Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Chicago, Salt Lake
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Hotel @ MIT, Cambridge, MA (2-night weekend in a suite). The most innovative hotel in Cambridge, and the closest to Boston’s
than 500 exhibitors are expected. For more and two TVs. Press rep at the Kimpton proper- Kathleen Bertolani, Kimpton Group, Suite 200,
Back Bay, the Hotel @ MIT features 210 guest rooms, 13 of them suites. A blend of technology and hospitality, the lobby displays
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Kimpton boutique family has proximity to Chinatown, the International Spy Museum, and the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro stop. Resort & Spa, Arizona’s only luxury resort and movie Bull Durham, starring Susan Sarandon on the Powell Street cable-car line just foot-
Hotel Triton, San Francisco (3 nights in Jerry Garcia Suite). A whimsical and unique escape disguised as a hotel, this hip prop- spa on a Native American reservation, has 500 and Timm Robbins, is a reminder that there’s steps from Union Square, marks its 75th
erty is perched across from the famous Chinatown Gate, just two blocks from bustling Union Square. A member of Kimpton Boutique rooms, 36 holes of golf, an on-site equestrian lots to see in the North Carolina city. Contact anniversary in October. The venerable property,
Hotels, this ecclectic art and music-themed property features numerous celebrity suites, including one inspired by the musical Rent center, and a restaurant developed by James Zenda Douglas, PR Manager, Durham CVB, now part of the Kimpton Group, is promoting
and a Black Magic Bedroom by Carlos Santana. Sorry, celebrities are not included. Beard award winner Janos Wilder. The press 101 E. Morgan St., Durham, MC 27701 (Tel. the event with a Living History contest that cap-
J.W. Marriott Las Vegas Resort, Spa & Golf (3-night stay in a suite). This prize also includes two spa treatments, two rounds of rep is a familar face: Kristen Jarnagin, most 919-680-8303, Fax 919-683-9555, italizes on guests’ special memories of the
golf, and dinner for two. An oasis of serenity 15 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip, this 540-room resort has a European spa, seclud- recently at the Arizona Office of Tourism. email@example.com). downtown landmark. Built for $5 million in 1928,
ed pools, exercise facilities, and a separate casino with 1,200 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. All rooms have whirlpool tubs, sep- Contact her by calling 602-225-0100 or e.mail- FLORIDA: The publicist for the 26 St. the 417-room property has completed a major
arate shower, refrigerator, coffee-maker, dual-line phones, and city, mountain, or garden views. Rooms range is size from 560 to 2,200 ing firstname.lastname@example.org. Augustine Historic Inns is Leigh Cort, a New restoration that makes the interior and exterior
square feet. BALTIMORE: PassPort: Voyages of Jersey native. Contact her at Leigh Cort shine. PR rep is Kathleen Bertolani, Kimpton
J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa (2-night stay + 60-minute spa treatment). Designed to reflect the distinctive Arizona Discovery is a 10,000-square foot, $8.5 million Publicity, 212 Edge of Woods Road, St. Group, Suite 200, 222 Kearny St., San
landscape, this 950-room facility is a palm-lined oasis surrounded by the soaring McDowell Mountains. The resort features nine din- entertainment complex that just opened on the Augustine, FL 32092 (Tel. 904-940-0902, Francisco, CA 94108 (Tel. 415-397-5572, Fax
ing/food facilities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, eight tennis courts, 22 lakes, pools, and water fountains, a 60-foot water Inner Harbor. Visitors can travel through three email@example.com). 415-296-8031, kathleen.bertolani@kimpton-
slide, a lazy river with a perimeter of 1,602 feet, and a 41-treatment Room Revive Spa. cemturies of U.S. history in TimeElevator LOS ANGELES: The St. Regis Los group.com).
Montana. The Best Inn and Conference Center, Missoula, MT, offers three nights at either its north or south locations. Also includ-
America or explore the depths of the sea in Angeles and St. Regis Monarch Beach invite TOBAGO: Grafton Beach Resort has
ed is a half-day trip on the Alberton Gorge, in Glacier Country, from Lewis & Clark Trail Adventures.
*The Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH (golf or ski package). This gift certificate is good for either a Ski & Stay or Oceanarium. The combination of film, motion- writers to experience “What’s Hot in LA & The reopened after a $3.2 million renovation.
Golf & Stay package, depending upon which time of year it is redeemed. A Grand Hotel built in 1902, the property has 200 rooms and based seats, and special effects makes visitors Beach.” The former has been named the official Surrounded by five acres of tropical hills, the
suites at the base of 6,288-foot Mt. Washington, highest peak in the northeast (6,288 ft.). The National Historic Landmark, ringed by feel like they are not merely spectators but par- luxury hotel for the L.A. Philharmonic at Walt 78-room beachfront resort, on Tobago’s east
the Presidential and Rosebrook Mountain ranges, is 16 miles northeast of Franconia Notch, 90 miles from Portland, ME, and 165 miles ticipants. Press previews are planned over the Disney Concert Hall, slated to open in October, coast, provides an all-inclusive Caribbean
from Boston. next few months. Contact Melanie G. Sole while the latter is a beach resort that offers surf- vacation experience. Contact Anne Daloia or
The Mutiny Hotel, Coconut Grove, FL (2 nights in a one-bedroom suite). This 120-suite bayside property was known in the ‘70s ( Te l . 8 5 6 - 4 8 8 - 5 5 0 0 x 2 0 7 5 , m s o l e @ ing lessons, trips to the Ocean Institute, and the K r i s t e n S c h n e i d e r ( Te l . 5 1 6 - 5 9 4 - 4 1 0 0 ,
and ‘80s as an always-hip and sometimes-wild hotel and club. Under new ownership, it has become a quietly elegant getaway favored stargroup1.com). chance to see dolphins in their natural habitat. Anne@Kahn-Travel.com).
by athletes, actors, businessmen, and leisure visitors. British Colonial in design, all public spaces and suites are new. One and two- BOSTON: Press rep at the Royal Sonesta The former is located on a hillside overlooking TORONTO: Celebrate the 125th anniver-
bedroom suites, junior and executive suites, and one and two-bedroom penthouse suites offer wraparound balconies with sweeping i s L o r i e J u l i a n o ( Te l . 6 1 7 - 8 0 6 - 4 0 8 2 , Beverly Hills and is linked to the Monarch sary of the Canadian National Exhibition Aug.
views of Sailboat Bay. The hotel’s garden pool and poolside café provide an oasis of calm in the midst of Coconut Grove’s unforget- ljuliano@ sonesta-boston.com, Beach property via the Pacific Coast Highway 15-Sept. 1. Highlights include nightly fireworks
table ambience. www.sonesta.com/boston). Sonesta also has to Laguna Hills. PR contact is Brian Garrido and entertainment plus salutes to the city’s var-
Napa River Inn / Historic Napa Mill, Napa, CA. This $1800 prize, packaged by Nancy Lochmann of the Napa River Inn, includes upscale properties in Bermuda, Brazil, Egypt, (Tel. 323-932-6262, Brian@burditchmc.com). ious cultures. Contact Amber Authier, marketing
a three-night stay at Napa River Inn, lunch for two from Angele, lunch for two from Celadon, a gondola ride on the Napa River, picnic Miami, New Orleans, Peru, and Tuscany. MAINE: The White Barn Inn, a Relais & event supervisor, Toronto Special Events (Tel.
basket with wine from Napa General Store, champagne breakfast in bed from Sweetie Pies Bakery, and massages for two from the COLORADO ROCKIES: Breckenridge is a Chateaux property in Kennebunkport, has 416-395-7318, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Greenhaus European Day Spa. 144-year-old Victorian town 9600 feet above opened a trio of luxurious wharf cottages on the VICTORIA, B.C.: The Brass Bell is a
New Age Health Spa, Neversink, NY. This prize, estimated at a $1700 value in 2004 dollars, includes a three-night stay for two sea level. But the average summer temperature edge of the Kennebunk River. Each has a full romantic B&B on a private yacht, allowing cou-
in the best-available double-occupancy accommodation, plus three meals daily and complete use of the spa facility, including fitness is still 70 degrees. The home of the world’s only kitchen, dining area, wood-burning stove, pri- ples to enjoy the boat undisturbed. Docked at a
complex, yoga and meditation center, more than five miles of groomed natural trails, heated indoor and outdoor pools, solarium with golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, it is also vate patio, and more. Press rep is Hawkins quiet private marina on Victoria’s harbor, this
whirlpool, outdoor tennis courts, and steam and sauna rooms. Winner and guest can also participate in the full schedule of spa pro-
the same place a 13 1/2-pound gold nugget International PR, celebrating its first anniver- vintage 1931 wooden motor yacht has been
grams, including daily fitness and yoga classes, nutrition lectures, and outdoor activities.
Park Central New York (3 nights in Presidential suite + breakfast + dinner). Luxuriate in the Presidential Suite overlooking Times was found in 1887. Within 10 miles are 10 sary (Diane Zweiman, Tel. 212-255-6541, fully restored to its original beauty. A welcome-
Square and enjoy dinner for two at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in the Helmsley Walk on Park Avenue. Daily breakfasts for two are includ- mountains standing at least 12,500 feet tall. email@example.com). aboard bottle of wine, breakfast at a local
ed. The 935-room property, located in midtown Manhattan across from Carnegie Hall, boasts of its “sleepability,” where city sounds Plus there are rubber duck races on August 30! MORRISTOWN, N.J.: The Headquarters waterfront restaurant, and harbor ferry trans-
are swept away because of thoughtful soundproofing. The property completed a $60 million renovation in 2000. To find your own nuggets, contact first-year PR Plaza Hotel is a pleasant surprise, for quiet, portation are included. Contact Jay Rudolph,
*Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, St. Petersburg, FL (2 nights). This 360-room resort rests on a 14-acre site overlook- director Lindsay DeWall, Breckenridge Resort cleanliness, and amenities designed to make Tourism BC, 802-865 Hornby St., Vancouver,
ing Tampa Bay, 22 miles south of Tampa International Airport. Pennsylvania oilman Aymer Vinoy Laghner bought the site in 1923 and Chamber, P.O. Box 1909, 311 S. Ridge St., even picky writers comfortable. Linked to a mall B C V 6 Z 2G 3 ( Te l . 6 0 4 - 6 6 0 - 1 9 5 7 ,
commissioned Henry L. Taylor to design the property. The 360-room hotel, rejuvenated by a $93 million restoration and expansion, is Breckenridge, CO 80424 (Tel. 970-453-2913 and cinema complex by underground tunnels, firstname.lastname@example.org).
listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It has five restaurants, two pools, a 74-slip marina, and proximity to Al Lang Stadium x202, Fax 970-453-7238, ldewall@gob- the hotel sits on the historic Morristown square, WOODSTOCK (Vt.): One of the prettiest
(spring training home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). reck.com). making it an ideal weekend getaway. Press rep towns in North America, this historic community
Rocky Mountaineer Railtours. This $1100 prize includes a two-day railtour (one-way) for two between Vancouver and Calgary DENVER: The Hotel Monaco Denver has is Irene Maslowski, Maslowski & Associates, is a potpourri of scenic drives and scenic farms,
in GoldLeaf Service; breakfast and lunch aboard the train both days; and rail station transfers, dinner for two, and overnight accom- added three new music suites, featuring the art- P.O. Box 502, Roseland, NJ 07068 (Tel. 073- plus a richly-textured region that attracts visual
modations in Kamloops, British Columbia. Reservations requested at least four weeks prior to departure. work and memorabilia of John Lennon, Gracie 226-1494 or 973-292-6464, Fax 973-226-6009, and culinary artists, craftsmen, cheesemakers,
Ski Canada. The winner and his guest will receive interchangeable lift passes for three ski areas that cover 7,558 skiable acres, Slick, and Miles Davis. The Lennon suite, for email@example.com). and world-class gardeners. A model for land
240 named trails, and wide-open bowls. Canada’s largest ski area also includes three world-class resorts: Sunshine Village, Lake conservation policies, the region also retains
Louise, and Ski Banff @ Norquay. Accommodations are not included in this prize. the remnants of the Rockefeller family legacy.
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ. With 735 rooms, including 63 suites and 32 casitas, this sprawling resort is an
integral part of a 730-acre planned community of Kierland. Ten miles from historic downtown Scottsdale and 20 miles from Sky Harbor
International Airport, the resort is adjacent to Kierland Commons, an upscale retail mecca. Most rooms have private balcony or terrace
Treva Marshall reps new, old clients Contact Sara Widness (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce (Tel.
Treva Marshall, long-time PR rep for Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin, has opened 888–496-6378, www.woodstockvt.com).
and views of a golf course, the McDowell Mountains, or both. The resort also features a full-service spa with 20 treatment rooms,
saunas, massage therapy, skin treatments, and salon services, as well as a fitness center, hiking and cycling trails, and a flowing river a new PR agency with several travel clients, including the Swan & Dolphin, Associated
pool with waterslide. Luxury Hotels, a Cocoa restaurant called Café Margaux, and the Imagination Institute, PR REPS: Mention in this column is free.
*Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (two nights at any U.S. property excluding luxury resorts and franchises). Stylish but not stuffy. Please send concise, one-graf blurbs, along
which reps a motivational speaker named Simon T. Bailey. Contact information: Treva J. with complete contact info (phone, fax,
Casually elegant public areas and guest rooms. Business amenities from voice-mail to coffee-makers. A policy of treating each guest
like a valued friend. That’s “the Wyndham Way.” There are more than 130 locations, from Atlanta to Washington, but also including Marshall, president, TJM Communciations, Inc., Suite 300, 1025 Greenwood Blvd., Lake e.mail, snail mail addresses) to NATJA, 10
Boston, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Key West, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Roanoke, Mary, FL 32746 (Tel. 407-708-1823, Fax 407-708-1824, email@example.com). Ballard Place, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 or e.mail
Telluride, Valley Forge, and San Antonio. firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
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Convention photo album What next? NATJA sifts offers for next convention site
before the Newport
Evensites.NATJA was fieldingconvention
offers for THE PREZ BOX Dan Schlossberg
Attendees, including some of the ven- Barnes and Newport CVB vice president would present a totally difference experi-
dors at the travel media marketplace, Evan Smith drafted a list of NATJA con- ence than Newport. Jane A. Higdon,
were quick to offer suggestions. vention specs that will be sent to interest- South Walton’s public relations and pro-
No matter where we go, replicating ed parties. With any luck, several site motions manager, expressed interest
the tender, loving care provided by the selections will result, with convention during the Rhode Island convention.
Newport CVB will be sites selected and announced several NATJA also spoke with Jennifer
difficult at best. years in advance. Ploszaj, vice president for communica-
Having a strong, As any journalist knows, having tions of Noble House Hotels and Resorts.
cooperative CVB is ample lead time is usually a very good The Hotel Viking, NATJA convention
essential, but any host idea. headquarters in Newport, is one of her
destination must also Finding a solid convention site is also company’s dozen resort properties in six
have writer-friendly good; it will recruit new members, provide states. Any of the others, from Key West
host properties and a numerous networking opportunities, and to Santa Fe, Scottsdale, San Diego, and
myriad of attractions, produce professional development semi- Seattle, would also serve NATJA well,
whether they be his- nars certain to help participants. with help from the local CVB.
toric, natural, or some Although there’s some concern that If we went to a city, Denver or San
Dan Schlossberg combination of both. some members might bypass planned Francisco would be terrific, especially
Although several writers strongly rec- convention programming if a big-city site considering the choices for post-confer-
ommended a return to Newport next May, were selected, larger locations are also ence press trips (Rocky Mountain resorts
NATJA plans to rotate convention sites more accessible, with direct airport con- in Colorado, Mendocino in California).
so that all areas of the country are cov- nections. But there’s much to be said for a smaller,
ered. The result should be increased par- That being said, it’s virtually certain more intimate location, even if getting
ticipation for writers, editors, and vendors that NATJA will head south or west for there is half the fun.
from various regions as the convention 2004 and not consider a return to the Either way, we’ll have an announce-
site swings toward their homes. northeast for at least two years. ment or two in September. The Wayfarer
In the wake of the Newport experi- One possibility is Beaches of South doesn’t print in August – we need the
ence, executive director Elizabeth Walton, a Florida Panhandle location that time off.
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