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Spend a FREE night at a Bed & Breakfast in Kentucky

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The Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky(BBAK) is giving away a free overnight at member bed and breakfast inns. From February 15 through April 16, 2015, guests who book an overnight stay at a participating BBAK-member property will get one night free.

Plan a romantic getaway. Celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Gather your BFFs for a girlfriends’ getaway. Spirit the kids away for a spring fling. And book your good times at a BBAK-member inn, choosing from antebellum mansions, former churches, log homes, elaborate estates, charming cottages, farm stays – even Painted Ladies.

You will find bed and breakfasts tucked in historic buildings, perched at lake’s edge, sitting in the midst of hundred acre woods; in Victorian neighborhoods, on working farms, near Kentucky’s many themed trails, including the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and culinary and heritage trails. There are nearly 100 BBAK members, located in every region in Kentucky, each offering professional, quality-certified and licensed operations that provide fine Southern hospitality and service.

Enjoy luxury amenities, homemade gourmet breakfasts, antique-laden rooms, rolling countryside, sweeping vistas and unexpected goodies like special turn-downs, fresh flowers in the rooms or complimentary wine and cheese. Some inns offer spa services; others might have farm tours, wine tastings or onsite specialty gift shops. All have hospitable innkeepers who want nothing more than for your bed and breakfast experience to be everything you want it to be. Of course, complimentary beverages and snacks, free Wi-Fi and free parking are always part of the B&B experience.

The BBAK’s “Try Us, You’ll Like Us” Buy One Night/Get 1 Night Free offer requires a Sunday through Thursday reservation and is based on member availability and a consecutive nights stay. This offer may not be combined with other discounts, specials or redemption of gift certificates. Reservations must be prepaid. Use Promotion Code “B&B BOGO Offer” when making reservations.

Search BBAK members on the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky website at www.KentuckyBB.com. Choose your B&B. Then contact the innkeeper regarding availability for the nights of your choice, Sunday through Thursday, through April 16, 2015.

 

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Sandals Caribbean Night at Rosner Travel

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Rosner Travel presents Sandals Caribbean Night on Thursday, February 26, 2015, 7-8:30pm at La Madeleine Perimeter, 1165 Perimeter Center W, #330, Atlanta 30346.

There is no charge for this event but space is limited. Please RSVP to 678.860.2491 or email Marsha@RosnerTravel.com.

 

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Arts StreetFest Returning to Alpharetta

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Nearly 100 artists from around the U.S. will fill the downtown streets of Alpharetta on April 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to present their high-quality artwork at Alpharetta Arts StreetFest. This colorful festival is free to the public and features live jazz and acoustical music, cultural arts performances, children’s activities and festival cuisine.
Festival lovers and art enthusiasts from around the Southeast will enjoy two full days of strolling through outdoor galleries filled with fine paintings, mixed media, photography, pottery, jewelry, textile, glass, wood, metal and paper art. After browsing the amazing art, take a break to enjoy a variety of festival cuisine.

“The Alpharetta Arts StreetFest is a weekend filled with culture, food, activities and all kinds of artwork,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are excited to welcome the artists from around the U.S. and we hope the event will bring in art lovers who will stay overnight to enjoy the weekend’s festivities.”

Plan to stay the weekend to explore other activities and attractions in Alpharetta. Stop by Food Truck Alley on Thursday, April 16 for cuisine from a variety of food trucks. Visitors can also stop by Topgolf Alpharetta to tee off with friends throughout the weekend or visit one of Alpharetta’s locally-owned shops featuring local artists.

For more information about the event visit www.awesomealpharetta.com.

 

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King Cake, a Mardi Gras Tradition

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Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day of the Carnival season and the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Fat Tuesday is the last day to enjoy a King Cake until Twelth Night next year. Share with friends and partake in a tradition almost as old as Mardi Gras.

King Cake recipe, Chef Emeril Lagasse (Courtesy Gumbopages.com)

2 envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup warm milk (about 110°F)
5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
4 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
4 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 plastic king cake baby or a pecan half
5 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Purple-, green-, and gold-tinted sugar sprinkles

Combine the yeast and granulated sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the melted butter and warm milk. Beat at low speed for 1 minute. With the mixer running, add the egg yolks, then beat for 1 minute at medium-low speed. Add the flour, salt, nutmeg, and lemon zest and beat until everything is incorporated. Increase the speed to high and beat until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, forms a ball, and starts to climb up the dough hook. (If the dough is uncooperative in coming together, add a bit of warm water (110 degrees), a tablespoon at a time, until it does.)
Remove the dough from the bowl. Using your hands, form the dough into a smooth ball. Lightly oil a bowl with the vegetable oil. Place the dough in the bowl and turn it to oil all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile, make the filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese and 1 cup of the confectioner’s sugar. Blend by hand or with an electric mixer on low speed. Set aside.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Using your fingers, pat it out into a rectangle about 30 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Spread the filling lengthwise over the bottom half of the dough, then flip the top half of the dough over the filling. Seal the edges, pinching the dough together. Shape the dough into a cylinder and place it on the prepared baking sheet seam side down. Shape the dough into a ring and pinch the ends together so there isn’t a seam. Insert the king cake baby or pecan half into the ring from the bottom so that it is completely hidden by the dough.

Cover the ring with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and place in a warm, draft-free place. Let the dough rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Brush the top of the risen cake with 2 tablespoons of the milk. Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the icing. Combine the remaining 3 tablespoons milk, the lemon juice, and the remaining 3 cups confectioner’s sugar in medium-size mixing bowl. Stir to blend well. With a rubber spatula, spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake. Sprinkle with the sugar crystals, alternating colors around the cake.

The cake is traditionally cut into 2-inch-thick slices with all the guests in attendance.

YIELD: 20 to 22 servings

NOTE! King Cakes are not prepared or served before Twelfth Night or after Mardi Gras Day!

Brides Against Breast Cancer Bridal Event & Trunk Sale

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Brides Against Breast Cancer Bridal Event & Trunk Sale will be held at Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter, 111 Perimeter Center West, Atlanta, GA 30346, on Saturday, February 21, 2015, 5-9pm. Admission to this VIP event is $20 per person.

Be the first to try on and purchase your dream gown, before general admission. Enjoy light bites, beverages, entertainment and giveaways. Limited Tickets Available!

The general admission event will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, from 11am-4pm. Admission is $5 per person. For more information visit http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Atlanta%2C+GA+-+February+2015.

80 percent of proceeds go toward providing free services for families affected by breast cancer. The Health Support Network provides FREE cancer related programs and services to children, adults, families and caregivers.

Rosner Travel is proud to be a part of Brides Against Breast Cancer and this exciting event. Planning your dream Honeymoon or tropical Destination Wedding? Rosner Travel will be here to help you plan. Be sure to stop by our booth and register for their gift basket; and, we can even schedule an appointment to begin your stress-free Honeymoon or Destination Wedding planning. Rosner Travel’s services are complimentary. For more informaton or questions about this event or or travel planning, contact Marsha@RosnerTravel.com at 678-860-2491 or visit www.RosnerTravel.com.

 

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Building a Family Getaway that Really Clicks

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School break season is here! For many East Cobb families that means it’s time for a quick vacation getaway.  To chase away the first chills of winter, many will head South to visit the world’s most famous mouse in Orlando.  There’s more to Orlando than Walt Disney World or Universal Studio’s; nearby Legoland Florida may well click and be a hit for your family!

An easy 45 minute drive from Orlando-proper, Legoland is located in Winter Haven at the site of the old Cypress Gardens Park.  Preserving the historical botanical gardens, Legoland Florida opened in 2011.  Since the opening of the amusement park, a Water Park has been added, allowing warmer-weather visitors the ability to spend part of their visit splashing away with water play.  The next big unveil for Legoland Florida is an on-site hotel complete with Lego-themed rooms.

There are many types of attractions; thrill rides (the Dragon, Lego Kingdom), interactive rides (Lost Kingdom Adventure, Land of Adventure), relaxing rides (The Grand Carousel, Fun Town) and breathtaking view rides (Island in the Sky, rotating platform).  For show-lovers, the 3D Theatre offers a variety of films throughout the day, while the Pirates Cove Adventure is a live-action water show, complete with some impressive water ski stunts.  The Ford Driving School is especially popular with children eager to earn their ‘driver’s license’ behind the wheel of a kid-size Lego car.

Miniland USA is truly a testament to the longevity and creativity of Lego. Visitors can “ooh and aah” their way around miniature replicas of Florida, DC, California, New York and Las Vegas before touring the expansive Pirate Shores displays.  Featuring many hard-to-find Lego Ideas (sets designed by Lego fans) The Big Shop or Studio Store are well with a visit.

Compared to Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, Legoland is a much quieter and more laid back type of amusement park. With plenty of benches situated throughout the park, it’s easy for families to snag a spot to enjoy an ice cream cone or popcorn.  Take note, while every visitor is sure to enjoy their fair share of fun, the park seems to be geared toward ages 12 and under.

Know Before You Go:

  • If you plan on spending only 1 day at Legoland, Orlando offers more hotel, dining, shopping and entertainment options for the duration of your getaway
  • Shuttle service from Orlando to Winter Haven is an easy, inexpensive and relaxing alternative to driving; you’ll also avoid a the parking fee and enjoy curbside drop off / pick up service
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and rain ponchos to avoid ‘amusement park prices’
  • Search online for promotions or discounts for additional savings
  • The healthiest dining options are located at The Market Restaurant near the entrance
  • Pack a towel that can serve to dry off after the water rides or for use as a blanket, if needed

(Written by Dana diLorenzo. As a life-long resident of East Cobb, Dana diLorenzo is proud to be a contributing writer for EAST COBBER. She has written marketing copy for Fortune 500 companies and contributed articles to various regional publications. Dana was selected to represent the state of Georgia at the Cooper Tires Super Mom Drive & Ride where she happily accepted the “Driving Miss Daisy” award as the slowest, yet safest driver in the group. She has also written for major hotel chains as a Travel Mom. When she’s not working on a writing assignment, you can find Dana and husband Rick at a local baseball field, swim team meet or basketball game cheering on their sons Clark and Connor.)

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New Camper Cabins Open at Fort Yargo State Park

One of Georgia’s most popular state parks, Fort Yargo, just opened 13 new camper cabins for overnight guests.  Located near Winder, the cabins feature two bedrooms, a sleeper sofa, one bath, a kitchen, television and screened porch. Outside, guests will find a picnic table and fire ring. Most of the cabins have views of the park’s sparkling lake.

Camper cabin guests bring their own kitchen utensils and linens; however, linen service is available for an additional fee.  Dogs are welcome in two of the camper cabins with advance reservations. Rates are $135, with an optional $30 linen fee and $45 pet fee. Reservations are accepted 13 months in advance by calling 1-800-864-7275 or going online at GeorgiaStateParks.org.

Fort Yargo State Park is known for exceptional mountain bike trails, hiking, disc golf, a historic fort, fishing and other lake activities. The sandy beach is a popular spot to cool off during summer. To learn more about the park, visitGeorgiaStateParks.org/fortyargo or call 770-867-3489.

 

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Escape to Sunny California for Fun, Adventure and Relaxation

Vacation with The Ritz-Carlton and visit the whale capital of the West in Dana Point or the Castle on the Coast in Half Moon Bay.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
Known as the Whale Capital of the West, scientists believe that Dana Point may serve as a reference landmark for the whales and is a famous gathering area for feeding.

Experience the art of renowned marine life artist Wyland while enjoying the discovery of the most amazing creatures on the earth. Only through April, our Whales, Wonders and Wyland package includes artistic elements with the World’s Premier Ocean Artist – Wyland. Your journey includes:

  • Whale Watching for Two
  • A Wyland Art Exhibit
  • Special Amenities and more

To book your Laguna Niguel vacation, click HERE.

 

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay 

Infusing a fresh, comfortable elegance into its interiors, our Northern California resort, best known as the “Castle on the Coast,” reveals an extensive refurbishment of its 261 guest rooms, guest house rooms and guest house luxury suites.

Inspired by the cool tones of grey and blue from the neighboring Pacific Ocean, mixed with beachside accents such as pickled wood entry floors and driftwood inspired headboards, the enhanced guest rooms provide a California coastal estate living experience.

Come visit sunny California and luxuriate in the newly refurbished guest houses for yourself.

To book your Castle on the Coast vacation, click HERE

 

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Discover SiSpa in Pompano Beach, Florida

Recently named one of the top 10 up-and-coming U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor, Pompano Beach, Fla. is ripe for discovery.

The oceanfront Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa’s Sun, Sand and SiSpa package, available through March 31, 2015, melds me-time with beach time, starting at $369 per night. It includes a 50-minute spa treatment per night at SiSpa, 15% off spa merchandise (great to stock up on a new skincare regimen), and reserved beach chairs and umbrella for soaking in the sun.

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Seek adventure this winter in Scottsdale, Arizona

Who hasn’t pictured him- or herself nestled into a plush leather driver’s seat, hands balanced on the steering wheel, cruising in a bright red Ferrari to exalting speeds?

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. makes that particular dream come true through its “Seek Adventure” car rental program, featuring a $229,000 Ferrari California. Its Ferrari Casita Package includes a 20% discount on a two-night stay, a half-day Ferrari rental and a delicious picnic lunch from elements restaurant – perfect for a road trip exploring the Sonoran Desert.

Starting at $1,383.88 (including tax) the package price is based on double occupancy and does not reflect resort fee and gratuity.

 

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