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Traveling Feet - September 20, 2008 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

LIVE from Tanglewood! Traveling Feet broadcasts live from the Tent Club at Tanglewood as part of the Second Annual Stephanie Abrams Travel Expo at Tanglewood with special travel industry exhibitors appearing as guests along with telephone interviews in Ireland following up on Stephanie's recent visit!

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Hour 1

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Broadcasting live from Tanglewood the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie and Dave will be on grounds all day from 10am to 4pm.

Free concert from 11am to 3pm featuring the piano students of Dr. Ana Maria Trenchi Bottazzi. More info on Dr. Botazzi is available at these links:

Meeting Ticki Winsor from Eastover Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts, Berkshire County. Eastover sits on 600 acres, features TV-less rooms. Horse back riding on premises. All inclusive so guests don't have to worry about where to eat or activities. Eastover is a step back in time: no in room tv's, no family arcades. Its a place to sit together, talk with each other and enjoy each other. Each season has its own activities and the resort is open year round. Indoor and outdoor pool, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Resort faces October Mountain. Resort features themed weekends including "Girls Weekend Away: Kid Free, Guy Free, Stress Free", murder mystery weekends, scrap booking, couples, singles, family reunions, circus week.

Ticki's father was a circus performer with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus during his youth. The resort now has a "Circus Week" in August organized by Joe Barney who is a clown and formerly with Barnum and the Big Apple Circus. Activities include tight-rope-walking seminars, face painting, etc.

Eastover Resort and Conference Center
430 East Street PO Box 2160
Lenox, Ma 01240

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The Berkshire Crowne is the largest hotel in the Pittsfield/Tanglewood area. They are a fully service hotel and have resources and amenities including indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room, day spa, 2 restaurants.

The pool side area is designed like a solarium so its always warm and sunny.

Chef Lee continues to do a great job.

Pittsfield's baseball history dates back to 1791.

Current packages include: "family fun package" available until the end of october. "Golf package" includes golf, dinner, hotel accommodations. "Spa package" including day spa and accommodations.

The Berkshire Crowne offers great activities for both guests and locals. Some of the upcoming events include: Southern Rock Weekend on Nov. 14 and 15. Sounds of Sinatra playing on September 27, 2008, and "Friday's at 5" which features live bands, and a cash bar at the hotel's Terrace which features an extraordinary view of the city and surrounding mountain side.

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Disney World Resort in Florida.

Orlando Holiday Homes, a community of contemporary homes available for short-term rental.

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Music from Mexican Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara.

Discussing Blue Bay Resorts properties in Mexico. BlueBay Grand Esmeralda, BlueBay Los Ángeles Locos, BlueBay Grand Riviera Maya, Punta Serena Villas & Spa.

Beach gives same feeling as the 12 Apostles Hotel in South Africa just outside of Johannesburg.

More from this interview at the top of hour 2.

Guests Include:
Ticki Winsor, Owner, Eastover Resort in Lenox Massachusetts.

Tracie Barry, Berkshire Crown Plaza Hotel.

Caroline, visitor to the 2nd Annual Stephanie Abrams Travel Expo at Tanglewood.

Laila Patrone, Blue Bay Resorts.

Hour 2

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Discussing BlueBay Resorts' Los Angeles Locos in Tenacatita, Mexico. This is a more secluded resort because it is a little more complicated to reach. The nearest town is 30 kilometers away. The beaches are bright gold and horse back riding on the beaches is allowed. Once you're at the resort all you'll really need is your bathing suit and a sarong.

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Guest Laila Patrone shares insights on La Punta Serena, an all-inclusive, adults only, super secluded resort.

BlueBay also has resorts in Morocco, the Canary Islands, Dominican Republic and Cuba. You can visit Blue Bay Resorts online at

Monarch Cruises specializes in boutique style cruising with a focus on personal attention and small group travel to Greek destinations. One of their packages includes the "3 continent cruise" visits Europe, Asia, Africa visiting 5 countries in 7 days.

One popular destination includes Ephesus, a historical site, where you can see the marks of chariot wheels from 2000 years ago on the cobble stones. Ephesus was the New York City of ancient times and as such was the location St. Paul chose to do his teachings about Christianity at the main theatre where you can speak to 26,000 attendants simultaneously and without need of a microphone.

Other popular destinations include Port Said from which passengers can take day trips to Cairo and to the Pyramids and Sphinx; Port Ashdod in Israel from which you can travel to Jerusalem or Haifa; the port of Cyprus and others.

One great advantage of cruising with Monarch is that because of smaller ship sizes, porting with smaller crew's and numbers of travelers does not result in the passengers changing the tone of the small island or village as would happen with larger ships which might disembark thousands of passengers into a small port. Additionally large ships can not always dock at a small port and instead tender their passengers to shore from the ship where it is anchored at bay. Monarch cruises are small enough to dock in more shallow, smaller ports saving its passengers valuable tourist time as opposed to time spent on a tender or in line waiting for a tender to and fro.

Monarch specifically works to avoid port times that would coincide with large cruise line disembarkations.


Guests Include:
Laila Patrone, Blue Bay Resorts.

Andy Christo, VP Sales, Monarch Cruises.

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