Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams - Traveling Feet Shownotes
Traveling Feet - December 20, 2008 - Shownotes & Audio Archive
New Years Eve Plans; the NYLO Providence/Warwick Hotel; the Good Sam Club for RVs; the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; Africa Connect; Yates' Poetry Done Digitally; “Traveling Feet” Broadcasting Live from NYC; Local Product at Shanahan's on the Green in Dublin, Ireland; the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan on 44th Street.

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Those who have yet to make their New Year's Eve plans should consider going to Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts. Cocktail tables are set up in the orchestra pit and seats are removed to make room for a dance floor. Come dance to the Boston Pops and see the ball drop.

For more information visit http://www.bso.org or call 1-888-266-1200

The NYLO Providence/Warwick Hotel in Warwick Rhode Island is a loft style building reminiscent of the Pontiac Mills. Though not at the original mill site, the Providence/Warwick has recreated the mill location and is situated on the Pontiac River. It has a plush design with unique local art featured throughout the hotel. Local musicians and DJs perform at the hotel's restaurant on the weekends after 10PM. The weekend nightlife attracts both visitors to the area as well a people from nearby communities.

The Providence/Warwick Hotel offers a variety of special packages. Their New Years Eve event includes room fare, buffet dinner and a European continental breakfast served with mimosas in the morning. The hotel garners a lot of business cliental and tailors its weekday rates to be affordable, with an average stay costing $139 to $169 USD depending on availability. There are weekend specials such as the bed and breakfast one-night stay package for $139 USD and the romance package, which includes the over night stay, champagne and breakfast for $229USD. The Nylo Warwick/Providence is a comfortable hotel and a picture postcard location on a snowy winter day. Shuttle services are offered to and from the airport.

For more information visit: http://www.nylohotels.com/warwick/

With lower fuel rates many motor home vehicles will take to the road. The Good Sam Club is an organization that started in 1966 to help RVs in need of roadside assistance. The inspiration came from the Good Samaritan principle. There was a general apprehension of strangers offering to help so the Good Sam Club formed to guarantee safety to those in need. There are almost a million members today with benefits specific to RV owners.

For more information visit: http://www.goodsamclub.com/ or call 1-800-234-3450

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds or ARVC represents 8,500 commercially owned RV parks and campgrounds ranging from primitive campgrounds to luxury resorts. Click here to specify the amenities you want to find in a park. The ARVC website also offers customers the opportunity to provide feedback to the park or campground after their stay.

90% of ARVC parks have wifi service. There are many family oriented parks, some of which are water themed. Other parks offer amenities such as saunas and spas.

For more information visit: http://www.gocampingamerica.com/

LuAnn Herring joins “Traveling Feet” to discuss Africa Connect, an organization she founded to help people through fostering personal relationships. LuAnn emphasizes that Africa Connect is more about people than prospects. The organization helps support a pre-school in Tuwani, a slum in Kenya, but also works with the families of the children to help them find resources.

LuAnn is preparing for an eleven week visit in Kenya. When asked how she would prepare LuAnn explains the hardships other face in their daily struggles. There are severe food and fuel shortages in Tuwani and a day's wages cannot pay for enough food to survive. The situation is desperate and members of Africa Connect cannot fly commercial airlines to the city because of the dangers. Once they arrive from a chartered flight, members find safety in the community they are a part of. There is no running water and little fuel. Stephanie mentions her guest from the Kingdom of Lesotho, Africa whose mountain country benefits from having cornered the water market. Lesotho is able to profit from selling water to the rest of South Africa. Africa Connect reaches out to the slum communities in Kenya and gives them hope in the form of personal connections.

For more information visit:
http://site.africaconnect.org/
http://www.africaconnect-neema.com/

Guests Include:

Christine Nevers, General Manager, NYLO Providence Hotel, Warwick, RI.
www.nylohotels.com

Suesan Bray, Executive Director, Good Sam Club.
www.goodsamclub.com

Linda Profarer, President & CEO, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounda.
www.gocampingamerica.com

Luann Herring, Co-Founder, Africa Connect.
www.africaconnect.org

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Stephanie reflects on the interactive William Butler Yates exhibit at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin created by the Martello Media Design team. Mark Leslie, Creative Director of Martello Media Design, gave Stephanie a personal tour of the Yates exhibit. Mark also worked to help create the award-winning visitor's center exhibit at the Cliffs of Moher. The Yates exhibit includes interactive touch screens. Famous celebrities read Yates aloud while visitors are enveloped in a panoramic digital display of the natural surroundings described in the poetry.

For more information visit: http://www.nli.ie/

Shanahan's on the Green is a wonderful dining spot located on St. Stephen's Green in Dublin, Ireland. Shanahan's founder was from originally from Boston. He moved to California and later Ireland and created Shanahan's as an authentic American style-steakhouse. The restaurant uses a lot of local product. The restaurant management personally knows the farmers that raise the cattle. Shanahan's philosophy of sustainability insures they use as much Irish product as possible.

For more information visit: http://www.shanahans.ie/restaurant.html

“Traveling Feet” will broadcast live from New York City, alongside the New York Times Travel Show on Saturday February 7, 2009 from 11-1pm EST. On Sunday February 8, 2009 from 6-9pm “Travel with Stephanie Abrams” will broadcast live from the Algonquin Hotel.

The charming and historic Algonquin Hotel is centrally located in Manhattan on 44th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Partly because of its age, the Algonquin has large soaking tubs in each of its rooms. The tubs are perfect for bubble baths which is an amenity that the hotel is happy to provide. Relaxation is needed after a busy day in the city. The hotel is a block and a half from Times Square and in the center of the theater district. For a NYC tourist it is a conveniently located hotel in New York City for theater, retail and other midtown Manhattan itineraries.

The Algonquin is a one of a kind experience and affordable for what it offers. For the first quarter of 2009 the room rates are particularly attractive. The average price for a room is around $250 USD depending on rates and availability. There are 174 guest rooms, 24 of which are suites, and all of which were updated and renovated in 2008. A relevant historical event that occurred at the hotel from 1919 through the early thirties is the Algonquin Round Table. It was a literary round table comprised of people employed in media and the arts. Notable members are writer Dorothy Parker, humorist and actor Robert Benchley, columnist Heywood Broun, comedic actor Harpo Marx and many more. Yet another popular attraction of the hotel is the Oak Room Supper Club, a legendary supper club that provides great sounds of the American songbook and has launched the musical careers of many performers.

Find more information at http://www.algonquinhotel.com or call 212-419-9331.

Fun Facts:

John Shanahan, founder of Shanahan's on the Green, invented the reading program Hooked on Phonics.

Guests Include:

Martin Cleeg, Managing Director, Shanahan's on the Green, Dublin, Ireland.
www.shanahans.ie

Gary Budge, General Manager, Algonquin Hotel, New York City.
www.algonquinhotel.com

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