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Award-Winning City Tours Announces 2014 Schedule
Award-Winning City Tours, in collaboration with Gray Line Tours Minnesota, has announced the 2014 Twin Cities public tour season schedule.
Serving more than 4,000 riders each year and known for their knowledgeable, well-trained and friendly guides, Award-Winning City Tours offers premiere city tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.
The tour offerings include Twin City Highlights, the Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise and the Holiday Lights Tour.
The Twin City Highlights tour showcases historic sites and local attractions from Minneapolis to St. Paul. This three-hour long tour includes brief stops at Minnehaha Falls and Guthrie Theater (weather permitting).
2014 Twin City Highlight Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $37; Seniors (55+) $35; Students (13-21) $30; Children (6-12) $27*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
Twin Cities Highlight Tour Dates:
The Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise begins with a tour of city lakes and Minneapolis landmarks aboard a motorcoach and concludes with a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard a replica of a historic sternwheeler. The six-hour tour includes a short stop at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (weather permitting) and a stop along Nicollet Mall at the Farmers Market where sightseers can have lunch.
Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $47; Seniors (55+) $45; Students (13-21) $40; Children (6-12) $37, (3-5) $17*
* Children 2 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat. Tours are available June 19 – Aug. 14, 2014 (Thursdays only).
The Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise showcases the river town of Stillwater, with a paddlewheel riverboat cruise that includes a buffet meal. Tours are available in 2014 on Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, and 18.
Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise Information:
RATES: Adults $59; Seniors (55+) $55; Students (13-21) $46; Children (4-12) $43*
* Children 3 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
In addition to these tours, Award Winning City Tours offers a Holiday Lights Tour through the cities. Live commentary is provided during the tour including residential lights and historic holiday traditions aboard a motorcoach. Tours are available Dec. 6, 13 and 20, 2014.
Holiday Lights Tour Information:
RATES: Adults $29; Seniors (55+) $28; Students (13-21) $23; Children (6-12) $20*
* Children 5 and under are free when not occupying a paid seat.
For ticket information, contact a tour specialist at 612-929-8687 (TOUR) or reserve tickets online.
About Award-Winning City Tours
Originally established as metroConnections Public Tours, Award-Winning City Tours has been providing sight-seeing tours of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area since 1987. Throughout the years, Award-Winning City Tours has expanded from the Twin Cities Highlight Tour to include other excursions such as the Stillwater City Tour & St. Croix River Cruise, Minneapolis Tour & Mississippi River Cruise, and the Holiday Lights Tour. In 2010, metroConnections Public Tours was rebranded to “Award-Winning City Tours.” Originally the company’s tagline, it was a natural switch as many customers were already referring to the tours by this name. Award-Winning City Tours is a division owned and operated by metroConnections, Inc. For more information on metroConnections, including our private and group tours, visit www.metroconnections.com.
For more information, visit www.awardwinningcitytours.com.
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering New “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” Promotion
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, is making it easier for meeting planners to book a program for large or small groups with its new “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion. The AAA Four-Diamond resort sits on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Southwest Missouri’s scenic Table Rock Lake, and features 43,500 square feet of meeting spaceall on one level, as well as many picturesque outdoor venues. Available to new groups of at least 50 room nights, for select Sunday-Thursday dates in 2014, the promotion provides your choice of appealing incentives, based on the number of room nights.
The “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion provides the choice of one incentive for groups with 50-100 room nights; the choice of two incentives for groups with 101-150 room nights; the choice of three incentives for groups with 151-175 room nights; or the choice of four incentives for groups with more than 176 room nights. Incentive options include:
The complimentary break service is for guests equal to the number of actualized guest rooms on peak night, and additional break service may be purchased at prevailing menu prices. The complimentary one-hour welcome reception will include assorted hors d’oeuvres and beer/wine/soda, and is for guests in equal to the number of actualized guest rooms on peak night, with additional reception food and beverage available for purchase at prevailing menu prices.
To take advantage of the “Chateau Exceptional Meetings Value” promotion, fill out a Request For Proposal at www.ChateauOnTheLake.com, or call the resort’s Sales Department at (417) 243-1734. To qualify it must be a newly identified meeting of at least 50 room nights. Terms and conditions may apply, and the offer is subject to availability.
“Featuring breathtaking views of Table Rock Lake and exceptional meeting facilities, Chateau on the Lake has long been a favorite with meeting planners and incentive specialists for meetings and events, both large and small,” said Stephen Marshall, vice president and general manager of the resort. “This meeting package enables groups to choose their desired incentive or incentives to best suit their group’s needs.”
Featuring beautiful vistas of picturesque Table Rock Lake, lush gardens, and the surrounding mountains, Chateau on the Lake Resort features 301 beautifully appointed, spacious guest rooms and suites. Each feature cherry wood beds, down comforters, tiled stone baths, 37” flat-screen HD televisions, dual-line telephones, free Wi-Fi 1mb access, iron and ironing board, coffee maker, in-room safes, and in-room on demand movies (at a nominal fee).
The resort offers 19 meeting rooms, including the 32,000-square-foot Great Hall, and three corporate board rooms. The resort also features a private 54-seat theater for special presentations, high-speed Internet access in all meeting rooms, a 24-hour business center, on-site Audio/Visual service with state-of-the-art A/V equipment and technology, complimentary Wi-Fi in pre-convene areas, and exceptional banquet and catering services.
Recreational options at the resort include the 14,000-square-foot Spa Chateau. The full-service European-style spa features 10 luxurious treatment rooms; customized body treatments; a soothing Infinity Tub that is filled from the ceiling; an opulent outdoor Roman Bath situated beneath a waterfall overlooking Table Rock Lake; a lake-view Movement Therapy Studio for Zumba, Yoga or Pilates; and a hair salon.
The resort’s Chateau on the Lake Marina, open most of the year, offers more water sports activities than any other resort in Missouri. Offerings at the full-service marina include an array of boat rentals, such as pontoons, ski boats, wave runners, and sea kayaks. Parasailing, catamaran and guided fishing excursions, scuba diving, and snorkeling are among the many other available options.
Other recreational options at the resort include a 24/7 fitness center, two lighted tennis courts, a 24/7 year-round indoor pool and hot tub (adults only after 10 p.m.), an outdoor (seasonal) hot tub and pool, nature and biking trails, an indoor video theater, and full-service concierge. Golf at six area courses, which includes two of Missouri’s finest, also is available to guests.
The resort’s dining options include the award-winning Chateau Grille, known for its elegant presentation and exceptional cuisine. Casual fare options include: the Downstairs Deli (seasonal), serving bistro-style sandwiches, hand-made pizza, and “to go” box lunches; Atrium Café & Wine Bar, located in the lobby beside an indoor waterfall and stream; and The Sweet Shoppe, offering ice cream, baked goods, candies, and specialty coffees.
Described as the “Live Music Show Capital of America,” Branson offers more than 80 live shows per day during the season and a variety of impressive attractions. Among the recreational offerings in Branson, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012, is the acclaimed Titanic Museum Attraction, and the popular Silver Dollar City. Among the other offerings are The Branson Landing in the heart of downtown Branson on Lake Taneycomo, just one block away from historic downtown, which features festivals, musical events, a variety of waterfront dining options, and 400,000 sq. ft. of shops, boutiques, galleries and specialty gift shops.
Additional features at Chateau on the Lake Resort include an impressive 10-story sky-lit atrium that provides breathtaking vistas of the lake, lush gardens, and surrounding mountains, and which features meandering streams brimming with colorful Koi fish, as well as a charming library lounge with a great stone fireplace.
Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center is owned and managed by Springfield, Missouri-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. For more information, call (417) 243-1734, or visit www.ChateauOnTheLake.com
Charley Creek Inn Offering Holiday Party Incentives
Charley Creek Inn, located in Wabash, IN, is offering incentives if you reserve your space before September 1, 2013 ~ no advance deposit will be necessary, just claim your date.
Holiday parties booked prior to September 1, 2013 receive:
* based on availability
** up to six months after your event
Call 260-563-0111 for further details and visit us online atwww.charleycreekinn.com
Chateau On The Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center In Missouri Offering “Price Match Guarantee” For Group Programs
The AAA Four-Diamond Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center, which sits on an Ozark mountaintop overlooking Southwest Missouri’s scenic Table Rock Lake, is offering a “Price Match Guarantee” for new group programs held during designated “Hot Dates” in 2013. Widely considered one of the finest resorts in the Midwest, Chateau on the Lake will match any offer at a comparable AAA Four-Diamond resort. To take advantage of the promotion, the new meeting or event must be held Sunday through Thursday only during one of the available “Hot Dates,” and the program must be contracted by May 31, 2013, according to the resort’s Director of Sales David Hume. The 301-room resort, which is Branson’s only AAA Four-Diamond property, features 43,500 square feet of meeting space all on one level, as well as many picturesque outdoor venues.
“Hot Dates” in 2013 for the promotion at the resort include: