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Farmhouse Inn

FARMSTAND and the Spa have become popular with both visitors and locals, so they’ve decided to wrap them into a package.  It’s time to Relax and Renew

Relax & Renew  Day Spa Package.  For some mid-week bliss, guests can surrender to a day of pampering at Farmhouse  Inn, Restaurant and Spa.  The VIP experience includes a 90 minute signature treatment, featuring honey from the owner’s bees, use of the recently renovated pool and hot tub facilities and lunch at FARMSTAND their fresh and uber locally sourced farm to fork ”food truck”.

Midweek Relax and Renew package offered Monday through Wednesday* with savings of over 30%!

The day will include:

-One 60-minute massage with healing properties of ginger and honey to seduce the senses, revitalize the skin and enhance the immune system, finishing with a complexion-brightening bee propolis back mask

-One 30-minute mini-facial incorporating their own honey plus glycerin

– Lunch for one at FARMSTAND*, on the popular Farmhouse patio or poolside**

– Seasonal house made shrub and lemon-lavender energy bar post treatment

– Body Bliss Personalized Aromatherapy Roller Ball gift, created during the visit

Details:

*May not be combined with any other offer or discount and subject to

availability. Not offered on holidays and some blackout dates apply

**FARMSTAND  is an on-property, stand-alone kitchen which serves locally sourced salads, sandwiches and tacos.  It’s open to the public daily. The included lunch is a $40.00 food and beverage credit. FARMSTAND is open from 11-3:30 pmPool privileges are from 9-4 pm.Pricing: $252.00 per person

House Rules:

Limit, 6 specials per day

Photo Credit: Farmhouse Inn.

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Kings Island’s Newest Roller Coaster

Thrill-seekers will experience a new level of excitement when they visit Kings Island in 2020. Joining the world-class line-up of coasters at the park is Orion®, one of only seven giga coasters in the world, a class of coasters having a height or drop of 300-399 ft.  The park makes the announcement in honor of National Roller Coaster Day, August 16th.

Orion will plunge riders down an exhilarating 300-foot drop before sending them on a high-speed journey over seven more hills at speeds of up to 91 mph. Racing along 5,321 feet of track; it will be Kings Island’s tallest, fastest and longest steel coaster.

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Katy Perry’s ‘Small Talk’

Download / Stream “Small Talk” HEREView Lyric Video HERE

Katy Perry returns with her second single of 2019, “Small Talk.” The sparkling track is a poignant acknowledgement of the emotional distance that develops after a break-up, with Katy observing, “We had conversations about forever now it’s about the weather okay/I just can’t believe/We went from strangers to lovers to strangers in a lifetime.”

She wrote “Small Talk” with Johan Carlsson, Charlie Puth and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. Johan Carlsson and Charlie Puth produced the track with Peter Karlsson producing the vocals. Download / stream “Small Talk” HERE. View the lyric video HERE.

“Small Talk” follows Katy’s summer hit, “Never Really Over,” which marked her first new solo music since 2017. “Never Really Over” was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s career and has been certified Gold. Hailing it as a “euphoric breakup anthem,” PAPER proclaimed, “Katy Perry Is Back and Better Than Ever.” Views of the accompanying video have surpassed 80 million.

Earlier this week, Katy was awarded a plaque commemorating 100 million RIAA song certifications. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club.

About Katy Perry:

Katy made her Capitol Records debut with 2008’s One of the Boys after signing to the label in 2007. She cemented her status as a global superstar with the follow-up album, Teenage Dream (2010), which made her the only female artist (tied with Michael Jackson) to have five No. 1 singles from one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (“California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “Firework,” “E.T.” and “Last Friday Night”). PRISM, her 2013 album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 100 countries and has sold more than 12.5 million adjusted albums worldwide.

Katy Perry’s fourth studio album, WITNESS, debuted in June at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and No. 1 on iTunes in 46 countries. It set the record for the biggest week for an album by a female artist in 2017. The certified Platinum lead single, “Chained To The Rhythm,” has over 1 billion streams worldwide, views on the accompanying video made her the most-viewed female artist on VEVO. Follow-up singles, “Bon Appetit” (whose music video was Katy’s fastest viewed music video of all time, with 14.2 million views in the first 24 hours) is certified Gold, and “Swish Swish” is now certified Platinum. Globally, it has achieved more than 2 billion cumulative streams and sold more than two million adjusted albums.

Current single “Never Really Over “is certified GOLD and was the biggest streaming launch of Katy’s musical career. “Small Talk” was released on August 9th.

In her 10 years with Capitol, she has racked up a cumulative 35 billion streams alongside worldwide sales of more than 45 million adjusted albums and 135 million tracks. With the singles “Roar,” “Firework,” and “Dark Horse” each surpassing the 10 million threshold including song sales and streams, Katy became the first artist to earn three RIAA Digital Single Diamond Awards. She is one of only five artists in history to have topped 100 million certified units with their digital singles – and the first-ever Capitol Records recording artist to join the elite RIAA 100 Million Certified Songs club. Katy’s 2015 Super Bowl performance is the highest-rated in the event’s history. She is the most-followed person globally on Twitter, and the first to surpass 100 million followers. She was the first female artist to have four videos surpass a billion views each. Her videos for “Firework” and “Last Friday Night” have over one billion views, while “Roar” and “Dark Horse” have surpassed the two billion mark.

Aside from being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Katy is an active advocate of many philanthropic causes. In 2013, Katy was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador as a result of her commitment to improving the lives of children worldwide. From traveling to Vietnam and Madagascar to highlight the needs of some of the world’s most vulnerable children, to recording PSAs about the importance of empowering girls and supporting adolescents living with HIV/AIDS, as well as raising awareness for UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts, Katy has used her powerful voice to advocate for children and support UNICEF’s mission to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection. She was awarded with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award in 2016.

Katy has also been a champion for LGBTQ+ equality. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Trevor Project’s Hero Award in 2012, the Human Rights Campaign’s National Equality Award in 2017, and amfAR’s Award of Courage in 2018. She has also performed at various events to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, including 2009’s Life Ball and 2016’s amfAR Cannes Gala

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SCHLITTERBAHN WATERPARK

Written by Vaughn Lowery × Flore Chaumont

With the heat waves roasting Texas and all lower states recently, what better way to spend your weekend than going to a water park?

Schlitterbahn, recently acquired by Cedar Fair LP, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. From a small family owner resort on the banks of the spring-fed natural Comal river to a large scale company with three resorts and seven waterparks across Texas and Kansas, Schlitterbahn is a place rich in history and potential for adventures. We got to spend a weekend there, and here is why it should be your next destination this summer.

With over 15 new attractions, Schlitterbahn is an all time multigenerational crowd pleaser. From family reunions to team building outings, the park is the perfect getaway for every need. Sensation seekers will be thrilled to try the Dark Knight, a breathtaking pitch dark rollercoaster where tubes are completely blacked out. For those of you looking for a challenge, you will love the famous Boogie Bahn, an artificial wave ridden by world known professional surfers that will make you enter history. If you’re not about that hyper life, relax in the slow-flowing Congo River while you admire the mesmerizing underground mine, wild animals and thundering waterfalls.

In addition to all the unique attractions, there’s a bunch of delicious food options to enjoy during your trip. Bahn Burgers, 1/2lb. foot-long chili cheese dog, tacos, salads and freshly made funnel cakes: possibilities are endless! Because Schlitterbahn aims to fit all budgets, they also offer a variety of cheap options to get food on site, such as the Basic and Deluxe Meal Bands, or Catered Picnic for large groups. Oh and of course, wouldn’t be a party without their famous hand crafted cocktails. But the best thing? You are also allowed to bring your own picnic, and the free BBQ stations will give you some Sunday home BBQ vibes. Like having one of the world biggest water parks in your backyard.

Enjoy the bank of Schlitterbahn’s natural river without breaking it! Their budget-friendly policies go hand in hand with their tickets pricing. Regular tickets cost $54.99, or $41.99 for ages 3-11 and 55+. But come from Monday to Thursday and you can save $7 on each ticket! Family of 4? You can opt for the Family Fun and Food Pack for a total of $199.99. Travelling from far? Save up to $47 with the Two-Day Tickets, and enjoy a stay at one of the unique resorts located right next to the park. Schlitterbahn has a variety of options and packages to cater everyone’s needs! And if you’re really impatient for the never ending fun, you can get the Blast Pass to skip all the lines and make the most out of it.

We spent a magical weekend with a close family friend and her two kids. We got to experience a wonderful stay in one of the riverbend cabins, with a really authentic cottage-style interior design, wooden floors and walls and a gorgeous view on the Comal River. Sipping on brew, snacking on pizza and braiding each others’ hair… Couldn’t think of a better way to relax and break our busy routines. We also had fun exploring the miniature downtown area that was a walking distance to our cabin, brimming with an array of eclectic bars, restaurants and street murals.

Our team had a blast at Schlitterbahn, and we’re sure you will too. So go and make memories this summer!

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Innovative Visitors’ Center Opened in the Caesarea National Park

The innovative Visitors’ Center established by the Caesarea Development Corporation has recently opened to the general public following the completion of the massive preservation and restoration project of the Harbor Vaults at the Caesarea National Park. The Visitors’ Center further enriches the experience of visiting the National Park and Caesarea Harbor – one of the leading tourist sites in Israel.

The structure was erected by the Great Builder King Herod on the unique harbor pier, built on the open sea, and was the first of its kind in the ancient world. With an investment of more than NIS 150 million by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, the complex and challenging engineering design of the Caesarea Development Corporation and five years of research and intensive work by the best archaeologists of the Israel Antiquities Authority and experts from the Israel Nature and Parks Authority,  treasures hidden for over 2,000 years in the land of Caesarea have been revealed and the immense Harbor Vaults have been restored.

Herod built the huge vaults – standing 740 meters high and 21 meters in depth, with an average width of 5.2 meters. The vaults were part of the storage system at the port and served as a base for the temple podium dedicated to Herod’s patron, Emperor Augustus. The temple was the beating heart of the impressive city, which in antiquity was a central junction of the global economy and trade between the East and West. The Visitors’ Center, which was built within the reconstructed vaults, combines artifacts from Caesarea’s hidden treasures with innovative technology, and introduces the audience to the daring, complex and conflicted image of King Herod- as no one has dared to show him before. 

The restoration of the vaults, which were in danger of collapse, was particularly complex and required more than five years of intensive, collaborative work by archaeologists, engineers and preservation architects. In addition to the archaeological excavation, engineering buttresses were required, a meticulous examination of the stability of the walls and the soil layers throughout the area of the vaults, and the careful dismantling and reassembly of the walls of the complex. During the excavation, it was revealed that Herod’s original vaults had collapsed in the past and were reconstructed in the Byzantine period. Notably, the Byzantine restorers were careful to preserve them in the original outline.

The exhibition halls within the heart of the vaults, which include a variety of exhibits and archaeological treasures uncovered during the excavations, are also safely accessible to visitors with special needs. At the center of the exhibition is a screening of an internationally produced historical epic about the very complex figure of King Herod.

The lavish production brings back to life the great vision, intrigues, desires, passions, murders and dreams that Herod experienced, right here – in the heart of Caesarea’s antiquities. The film was filmed entirely in a vertical format, corresponding to the “screen” which takes the form of an arched vault, standing at a height of 7 meters and built by the hero of the epic- King Herod himself. Hundreds of hours of filming and editing, dozens of extras and sophisticated studios in Europe were required to complete the unique experience now offered by the new Visitors’ Center, in addition to the authentic exhibits uncovered by archaeological excavations at the port, sea and in the region.

The excavation, preservation and restoration of Caesarea Harbor included the preservation and restoration of the ancient synagogue, the construction of a promenade at the Crusader walls, restoration of the Roman aqueduct and the restoration and preservation of the temple vaults, the temple platform and the staircase leading to it.

As part of the project, digs of the Israel Antiquities Authority, have recently uncovered three more exciting finds near the vaults: A mosaic floor from the Roman period, which was found in a bathhouse next to the temple’s podium and has been replicated in the entrance area to the Visitors’ Center. The colorful mosaic floor with geometrical patterns was part of a semi-dome structure that may have been used for ritual or public purposes and was probably built during the 2nd or early 3rd century CE. It was part of the embellishment of the western façade of the podium of the Temple of Augustus and Hera, the goddess of Rome in Caesarea. The walls of the building were covered with marble slabs, and in front were two pedestals originally carrying statues or other architectural decorations.

The second archaeological find uncovered during the excavation was a cache of about 500 bronze coins from the Byzantine period (6th-4th centuries CE). The treasure, identified by Dr. Donald Zvi Ariel of the Israel Antiquities Authority, was probably buried in a leather bag or other material that had eroded over the years. It was discovered when one of the vaults was exposed. In the absence of a “bank”, as known to us today, the coins were hidden “under the tiles,” that is, under the floor of a magnificent church building from the Byzantine period- probably the cathedral of the city, which served as the bishops’ seat.

The third recent discovery was a mosaic from the 5th century CE bearing a Greek inscription “He who knows all is Hosea and he is blessed.” During an archaeological dig in the huge warehouse complex that was built at the port in the Byzantine period, an inscribed greeting was discovered in one of the entrances to the warehouses. It appears to have been intended for the warehouse operators and sea farers. During the Byzantine period, Caesarea was a bustling port city and one of the largest ports of the Byzantine Empire. The warehouse area, which served as transit warehouses for the entire region, extended over 2,500 square meters and included public and private goods. The excavations revealed evidence of trade with Italy, Greece, Turkey, and even the area known today as England.

Caesarea Harbor and its antiquities is one of the most popular tourist sites in Israel. The Visitors’ Center is included in the entrance fee to the National Park, which is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists and Israelis. They visit the beautiful Roman theater, tour the fort promenade with its fortifications and watchtowers, admire the ancient synagogue that attests to Jewish life in the city, walk among the remains of the palace and temples and marvel at the aqueduct. During holidays and breaks, horse racing performances are held in the ancient hippodrome preserved on the site. This, in addition to the artists’ square, cafes and restaurants, overlooking the open sea.

The Edmond de Rothschild Foundation is spearheading the project through the Caesarea Development Corporation. The excavation, restoration and preservation of the harbor vaults and the other hidden treasures of ancient Caesarea are managed by the archaeologists and staff of the Israel Antiquities Authority and in coordination with the Israel Nature and Park Authority.

Entrance to the center is free of charge for National Park ticket holders (NIS 39 per adult, NIS 24 per child, free of charge for Israel Nature and Parks Pass Members).

For details on upcoming events and attractions in Israel, visit IMOT’s website at israel.travel. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive the latest updates

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair Announces 2019 Exhibitors List

Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair (JHFAF) is pleased to announce the exhibitors for its inaugural edition, hosted on September 12-15, 2019 at the Snow King Sports and Events Center (100 E Snow King Ave). Surrounded by the Teton mountain ranges, the city of Jackson Hole is an unparalleled, non-coastal art destination. The four-day fair will include works from 50 national and renowned exhibitors, carefully chosen for their curated booths which best reflect Jackson Hole’s distinctive American tastes. The galleries will be bringing in works by established, American artists from both Contemporary and Modern, as well as Western, Native American and Wildlife genres.

Fair Director Rick Friedman says, “We are so excited to provide the local arts community with such a wide range of significant Modern and Contemporary artworks, many of which have not yet been seen in Jackson Hole. With 50 exhibitors, we have a completely sold out show that demonstrates the respect and enthusiasm the international art world has for the Jackson Hole arts scene. The fair presents a fresh selection of over a thousand important pieces and I can’t wait for fairgoers to experience this unforgettable event” 

Spanning from every region of the United States, the exhibitors hail from 29 different cities, including two local galleries, Tayloe Piggott Gallery and Diehl Gallery. The JHFAF exhibitors represent nationally acclaimed artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Emil Bisttram, Deborah Butterfield, Alexander Calder, Raymond Jonson, Jeremy Kidd, Elaine de Kooning, John Nieto and Ed Ruscha.

Recognized for its wildlife scene and natural beauty, Jackson Hole offers an unprecedented art experience for all. The town’s rocky landscape, Western charm, dedicated community and world class museums create a uniquely American art scene. JHFAF is pleased to present their roster of exhibitors for the inaugural fair:

2019 Galleries:
917 Fine Arts, Miami Beach, FL
Abend Gallery, Denver, CO
Addison Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Andrew Smith Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Bill Hester Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Bonhams, LA, NYC, London
Calabi Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA
Childs Gallery, Boston, MA
Diehl Gallery, Jackson, WY
Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Faust II, Santa Fe, Scottsdale
Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum, ID
Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
Gary Snyder Fine Art, NYC, Bozeman
GF Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
Green River Stone Company, Logan, UT
HG Contemporary Art, Flushing, NY
ILIAD, New York, NY
Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
J Klein Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
James Compton Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
K Contemporary, Denver, CO
Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
L.A. Design, Missoula, MT
Legend Nano Gallery, Carlsbad, CA
Mai Wyn Fine Art, Denver, CO
Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Matthew Rowe Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
Maxwell Alexander, Los Angeles, CA
Maynard Dixon Museum, Tucson, AZ
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
Mike Clark Fine Art, Billings, MT
Nieto Fine Art, Rockwall, TX
Patricia Qualls Contemporary Art, Carmel Valley, CA
Peace Waters Collective, San Diego, CA
Prescott Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Santa Fe, NM
Redfern Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Inc., New York, NY
Seagrave Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Steidel Contemporary, Lake Worth, FL
Stevens Fine Art, Phoenix, AZ
Studio Greytak, Missoula, MT
T.H. Brennen Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ
Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY
Thomas Paul Fine Art, West Hollywood, CA
Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Waddell Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Walker Fine Art, LTD, New York, NY
Wilde Meyer Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
Woolff Gallery, London, UK

About Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair
The Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair is the latest addition to the luxury, regional fairs produced under the leadership of Fair Director, Rick Friedman. Other fairs produced by Friedman include: the Hamptons, Aspen, Houston, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Silicon Valley and Philadelphia. JHFAF is excited to contribute to Jackson Hole’s vibrant arts community.

2019 Sponsors: Bonhams Auction House, Family Management Corporation, artnet

The Opening Sneak “Peak”
Thursday, September 12, 3-6pm

Show Hours
Friday, September 13, 12-6pm
Saturday, September 14, 12-6pm
The Harvest Moon Art Benefit | 6-8pm
Sunday, September 15, 12-4pm
General admission tickets are $25pp and can be purchased online or at the door.

Photo:  Sarah Winkler, Metamorphic Dreamscape, Acrylic on panel with Gold Mica,  Iron Oxide, Marble Dust, 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of K Contemporary.

THE LIMING × BEQUIA

THE LIMING, BEQUIA REOPENS IN NOVEMBER ON THE ISLAND OF THE CLOUDS

Caribbean Jewel Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Special Reopening Offer

Travelers seeking to practice liming or “the art of doing nothing” can do just that when The Liming, Bequia reopens in November. Nestled among St Vincent and the Grenadines, the tiny island’s newest luxury resort reopens on November 9th, celebrating their one-year anniversary with a special offer that promises to delight jetsetters from near and far.

Opened in December 2018, The Liming, Bequia is a boutique hideaway refreshingly located off the beaten track on the idyllic island of Bequia (Bek-way), the Caribbean’s best-kept secret. Launched by the Caribbean hotel management company The Liming Management, The Liming, Bequia offers guests a space to reflect and live the authentic island life of the Caribbean where channeling escapism is front and center. Influenced by the serenity of the local way of life, guests can reset and recharge in one of The Liming, Bequia’s 11 spacious and stylish private villas, each offering exquisite ocean vistas while retaining the utmost privacy and intimacy. With lush gardens, a private marina and views towards Canouan and Mayreau, The Liming, Bequia instantly rewards guests for going that bit further. The Liming, Bequia is part of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH).

Reopening after the off-season on November 9th, The Liming, Bequia is offering a special offer for travelers to entice guests to enjoy liming for even longer.  The “Stay for 7 nights, Pay only for 5” offer is valid for bed and breakfast stays from November 9th – December 16th, 2019 and March 1st – April 30th, 2020. This offer must be booked by September 30th, 2019. Guests receive a $50USD credit for dinner per person per week. Rates start at $550USD per night in double occupancy on a bed and breakfast basis.

Villas

The philosophy behind The Liming, Bequia embodies the local liming approach to Caribbean life or “the art of doing nothing”. At The Liming, Bequia, this leisurely way to pass the time comes with added luxury enhanced by The Liming Management’s worldwide luxury expertise. Guests can choose from an array of spacious and modern one to five-bedroom villas and Junior Suite. The Gingerlilly Mansion is a five-suite bedroom house that sits majestically on the ridgeline above The Liming. With a plunge pool on one end and a freshwater swimming pool on the other, The Gingerlilly Mansion is perfect for friends and families vacationing together with its large dining room, media room, lounge, state-0f-the-art kitchen, living room, five well-appointed bedrooms with sea and ocean views and more. The ridgetop villa is ideal for entertaining with its own gazebo and lush gardens and spectacular views overlooking Mustique and St Vincent islands. All villas feature air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, 40-inch Smart TVs, Bluetooth Bose speakers and mini-bars. The one and tw0-bedroom villas feature private infinity pools. For travelers looking for the ultimate privacy, the exclusive one-bedroom Junior Suite has its own private terrace which enhances the suite’s airy, open-plan setting. With a private hot tub and breathtaking ocean views, the Junior Suite is ideal for that romantic getaway.

Cuisine

Boasting a tantalizing choice of locally sourced ingredients and a menu that changes seasonally including fresh island picked fruit, aromatic vegetables and ocean to table seafood served in bespoke ice troughs, The Liming Restaurant offers the finest of Bequia’s rich flavors. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Liming Restaurant can also arrange meals including a BBQ for hotel guests in the privacy of their villas or suite. Passing yachts also have the opportunity to experience the hotel’s restaurant by mooring at the resort’s all-purpose marina. The Liming, Bequia offers picnics for island hopping, private beach barbecues and can arrange the chef to cook for private dinners and gatherings. The Liming Restaurant offers an extensive cocktail list and a wine list with a hand-picked selection of fine wines from around the world .

Wellness

Internationally recognized and certified yoga instructor with over 30 years of experience, Patricia Healey practices yoga worldwide primarily in Bequia, Canada and India. From November through May, she teaches weekly classes in Bequia and is available for private classes at The Liming, Bequia with advance notice. The resort can also arrange in-villa/suite massages and spa treatments for guests. Massage treatments include aromatherapy, hot stone, Swedish and deep tissue, all with 30, 60 and 90-minute durations. Spa treatments offered include spa manicures and pedicures.

Weddings

With its sweeping ocean views and lush landscaping, The Liming, Bequia is the ideal venue for destination weddings and offers an array of tailored-made wedding packages. Whether it’s a small, intimate wedding for just up to ten guests or larger parties looking for exclusive use of the entire resort, The Liming, Bequia can accommodate up to 40 guests in its villas on a bed and breakfast basis. For that perfect wedding breakfast, The Liming Restaurant can accommodate up to 80 guests for breakfast through exclusive use of the resort. The restaurant can cater smaller parties with the private hire of the Gingerlilly Mansion for a maximum of ten guests.

The Island

With fewer than 6000 inhabitants, Bequia is the second largest island in the Grenadines at just 7-square miles. The island’s unique magical charm lies in the friendliness of the locals and the easy-going pace of life that is the spirit of Bequians. The Liming, Bequia can arrange island explorations for guests. Those with a thirst for adventure can board a hand-built schooner for a day trip to Mustique, or head into Port Elizabeth, with its colorful wooden houses and bustling produce markets. Learn about local conservation work at the Turtle Sanctuary or take a day trip to Tobago Cays. Enjoy the secluded beaches including Princess Margaret Beach and Lower Bay which can be reached on foot by the new Belmont Walkway from Port Elizabeth. To experience the panoramic view atop Mount Peggy, Bequia’s highest point with beautiful, unobstructed views, hotel guests can walk from The Liming Bequia towards La Pompe, learning about the history of the whaling industry on the island. Trek through different vegetation zones, including traversing open pastures, dry scrub bush and dry tropical forest to reach the spectacular view at the summit, known as Peggy’s Rock.

Getting to Bequia

Air Canada, American Airlines and Caribbean Airlines fly direct to St Vincent. Other international flights fly to Barbados. SVG AIR is a scheduled shuttle flight service that makes regular stops to the islands throughout St Vincent and the Grenadines. The most common way to get to Bequia from St Vincent is by a 60-minute ferry.

About The Liming, Bequia

Opened in December 2018, The Liming, Bequia is a luxury resort launched by the Caribbean hotel management company The Liming Management. Offering 11 spacious and stylish one to five-bedroom villas and Junior Suite, guests can practice “the art of doing nothing” or liming in privacy while enjoying sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea and nearby islands. Rates start at $550USD per person double occupancy on a bed and breakfast basis which includes air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, 40-inch Smart TVs, Bluetooth Bose speakers and mini-bars. The resort can arrange non-motorized water sports, bespoke boat trips, diving and snorkeling, in-villa/suite massages and spa treatments, private yoga, culinary demos, private beach barbecues and more at an additional cost and based on availability. The Liming Restaurant offers authentic island cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Liming, Bequia is available for weddings and special occasions with the option of exclusive use of the entire resort. The resort offers a Day Pass for $50USD per person which includes a welcome drink, two-course lunch and use of facilities from 11:00am until 5:00pm.  For more information, visit www.thelimingbequia.com or email reservations@thelimingbequia.com.

About The Liming Management

Founded in 2018, The Liming Management is a Caribbean hotel management group launched by world-renowned and multi-award winning Inverlochy Castle Management Company and partners. A partnership of highly experienced hotel operators, managers, developers and Caribbean entrepreneurs, The Liming Management’s portfolio consists of luxury properties around the world, including Inverlochy Castle, Cromlix and The Liming, Bequia. Services range from consultancy to full management including new hotel developments (including design and construction), hotel takeovers (including funding and business planning support), exit strategies (including hotel sales and succession planning) and receiverships. For more information, visit https://theliming.com/.

About Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) matches independently minded guests with independently spirited hotels. The diverse collection of over 500 hotels in more than 80 countries around the world includes everything from cutting edge design hotels and city centre sanctuaries to historic country mansions and remote private islands – all SLH hotels are consistently different, however, they are all united by the fact that they offer the best locations, highest quality, personalised service and a truly authentic way to discover a destination. Guests can join SLH’s loyalty programme, INVITED, to receive Small Luxuries from their very first visit. For more information, visit www.slh.com.

Destination France: The Ingres Museum in Montauban (France) reopens in December 2019

Located in the heart of one of the most attractive cities in the south of France, the Ingres Museum reopens after three years of major expansion and complete renovation. The only museum in the world dedicated to Ingres, this flagship of the french culture houses an exceptional collection of paintings and drawings of the master, the largest after the Louvre Museum. It is a unique heritage to discover from december this year and a very nice trip to plan.

A unique museum in the world

More than 4.500 drawings by Ingres, 44 paintings and his violin as well as his personal collection and documentation.

Here is a summary of an exceptional heritage of the museum of Montauban featuring Ingres. Housed in a listed building in the heart of Montauban, beautiful city from Occitanie in the south-west of France between Toulouse and Bordeaux, the museum houses the legacy of the talented child born in the country : Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.

Created in the early nineteenth century, the museum reopens after a complete renovation who lasted three years. Next december visitors will discover the total exhibition in a 21st century museum.

A museum enlarged, modernized and…renamed !

The Ingres museum benefits of its renovation to change his name and become the Ingres Bourdelle Museum. The sculptor Bourdelle who was the pupil of Ingres was the other famous artist from Montauban. All along these periods he is represented by marbles, bronzes, plasters, models and finished works, as well as a beautiful set of graphic works. Rich in history and exceptional heritage, the city of Montauban pays tribute to his two great artists : Jean- Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) and Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929).

Enlarged, modernised and digitalized, the renovated museum spread over 2700m2 with new exhibition areas, enhanced accessibility , a sumptuous conservatory housing Ingres drawings, an entire floor dedicated to Bourdelles’s work, and magnificent areas to display temporary exhibitions.

A museum known all around the world for its treasures
Due to the preservation of a cultural heritage, the Museum Ingres Bourdelle is known worldwide.
Through the loan of artworks, the organisation of exhibitions outside the museum, or the signing of partnerships with the biggest international museums, the french museum MIB exhibits its collection all over the world wheter it is in Europe (from Villa Medicis in Rome at the Louvre Museum in Paris, through the galleries of the Palazzo Reale in Milan, the
Victoria and Albert Museum in London or the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt), or even in China, in the States and in Canada more recently.

The new Museum Ingres Bourdelle will reopen on the 14th of december and will receive its visitors again at home. A wonderful invitation to travel in the past, art and history.
And a cultural event not to be missed!

Quality of Sleep is Significant Opportunity for North American Hotels

Fewer Than 30% of Hotel Guests Experience “Better Than Expected” Night’s Sleep

Forget the minibar, sleek lobby and mints on the pillow. If hotels really want to build loyalty and delight their customers with stand-out lodging experiences, they need to focus on the bed. According to the J.D. Power 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index (NAGSI) Study,SM released today, quality of sleep is one of the most important components of a hotel guest experience with the potential to drive overall satisfaction and brand loyalty, but the majority of hotels are not delivering better-than-expected sleeping conditions.

“Delivering a superior sleep experience—from the quality of the bed, linens and pillows to the ambient sound and temperature of the room—is a huge opportunity for hotels to differentiate themselves from the pack and earn significant goodwill with guests,” said Jennifer Corwin, Senior Manager of Consumer Insights for Travel & Hospitality Intelligence at J.D. Power. “Of all the discrete variables of the hotel guest experience we measure, a better-than-expected night’s sleep is the one with the potential to drive the highest levels of overall guest satisfaction for those hotels that can deliver.”

Now in its 23rd year, the North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study was redesigned this year to incorporate much deeper guest profiling information and extended coverage of the full hotel customer journey, including the path to purchase, pre-stay communications and post-stay communications. The study also now includes property-level information throughout North America, updated food and beverage metrics and inclusion of vacation rental utilization metrics.

Following are some key findings of the 2019 study:

  • More zzzs, please: Overall satisfaction scores increase 114 points (on a 1,000-point scale) when hotel guests experience a better-than-expected quality of sleep. However, just 29% of hotel guests had such an experience. Of guests who do experience better-than-expected quality of sleep, 78% say they “definitely will” return to that property and 71% say they “definitely will” return to that brand.
  • The anatomy of a good night’s sleep: The top contributors to quality of sleep and, therefore, higher satisfaction scores, are comfort of bed; quietness of room; comfort/quality of pillows; room temperature; and comfort/quality of linens. Satisfaction scores for quality of sleep are also higher when hotels offer beyond-the-basics items, such as white noise/sound machines, earplugs, robe/slippers and authentic local decor.
  • Quality of sleep directly correlated to price of room: The highest rate of better-than-expected sleep quality is in the luxury hotel segment (42%), followed by the upper upscale (33%), upscale (31%), upper midscale (28%), midscale (28%) and economy (23%) segments.
  • Arrival and check-in experiences present opportunity to shine: The key elements of the check-in experience consistent with high hotel guest satisfaction scores are efficiency (ideally takes five minutes or less); accuracy; and offering a warm welcome. When any of those baseline criteria are not met, satisfaction scores tumble as much as 100 points.

Study Rankings

The following hotel brands rank highest in guest satisfaction in their respective segments:

Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton (for a fifth consecutive year)
Upper Upscale: Hard Rock Hotel
Upscale: Best Western Premier
Upper Midscale: Drury Hotels (for a 14th consecutive year)
Midscale: Wingate by Wyndham (for a fifth consecutive year)
Economy: Microtel by Wyndham (for a second consecutive year)

The 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study analyzes guest responses to more than 150 questions regarding their overall experiences and includes 85 officially ranked brands in six market segments. This year’s study is based on responses from approximately 44,890 guests who stayed at a hotel between June 2018 and May 2019.

For more information about the 2019 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study, visit https://www.jdpower.com/resource/jd-power-north-america-hotel-guest-satisfaction-index-study.

J.D. Power is a global leader in consumer insights, advisory services and data and analytics. These capabilities enable J.D. Power to help its clients drive customer satisfaction, growth and profitability. Established in 1968, J.D. Power has offices serving North America, South America, Asia Pacific and Europe.

Key West BrewFest to Add Zest to Labor Day Weekend

During a festival “crafted” for Labor Day weekend, attendees can sample nearly 200 beers and ales while also discovering the flavors of the continental United States’ southernmost city. The 10th annual Key West BrewFest is set for Thursday through Monday, Aug. 29 through Sept. 2, highlighted by a lavish oceanside tasting festival.

Featured beers range from the intriguingly named Monk in the Trunk, Funky Buddha and Andygator to local favorites from the Florida Keys Brewing Co. and Islamorada Beer Co.

BrewFest starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, with a kick-off party at Key West’s Waterfront Brewery, 201 William St., home of Crazy Lady blonde ale and other offerings crafted in-house.

Subsequent festival events include beer-focused brunches, pool parties featuring specialty beers, daytime tap takeovers and dinners pairing each course with brews that complement the cuisine.

The undisputed festival highlight is Saturday’s BrewFest Signature Tasting Festival.  Featuring nearly 200 beers from around the world, the tasting extravaganza is set for 5-8 p.m. on Key West’s South Beach beside the Atlantic Ocean at 1405 Duval St. General admission is $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door.

Lager lovers also can choose to pay $90 per person in advance for admission to a 3-5 p.m. VIP tasting with passed appetizers from the Southernmost Beach Cafe. VIP attendees also receive exclusive 10th anniversary BrewFest memorabilia.

At 8 p.m. a Second Line March led by the New Orleans band Water Seed is scheduled to depart South Beach. Participants dance down Key West’s legendary Duval Street to a party at the funky Green Parrot Bar, 601 Whitehead St.

Presented by the Southernmost Beach Resort and the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic, BrewFest benefits Rotary charitable initiatives.

The festival continues through Labor Day with events including a beer dinner at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St., and a lively evening of bingo at the Green Parrot.