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Traveling Feet - January 17, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

Warm Weather Destinations and Places Closer to Home

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Traveling Feet broadcasts from extremely chilly weather but says that like the expression, “It's always five o'clock somewhere” it must be reasoned that “There's always a heat wave somewhere.” Miami, Florida is one such destination. Traveling Feet cites Miami International Airport as a favorite layover destination. It has a hotel, exhibitions of contemporary artwork and a great selection of restaurants. It is also one the few airports in America that has added more air service this year (domestic and international) than in the previous year.

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Miami is a cuisine hotspot and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau is organizing Winter Miami Spice, a selection of restaurants providing a special three-course lunch for $23 and/or dinner for $36 January, 12 2009- February 12, 2009.  While other parts of the country sponsor a “restaurant week” Miami is one the first to sponsor a “restaurant month”. Of the list of fifty four participants, The Forge in South Beach Miami is one of the finest. The Convention & Visitors Bureau also provides online listing of Miami attractions, packages and a calendar of events.

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Prism Hotels and Resorts offer properties all over the United States, several of which are in Florida. Hotel Indigo Miami Dadeland is a recently added hotel converted from a Ramada. It is located on Kendall Drive off of US-1 in Kendall, one of seven locations in the Greater Miami area. The Indigo line is made up of exciting new boutique hotels from Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts. Indigo Hotels base their design off the Golden Mean (Phi) and the Fibonacci Sequence in order to promote a feeling of natural balance and wellbeing.

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The Hotel Indigo Miami Dadeland is partnered with the Miami Human Society and is extremely pet friendly. Traveling Feet is also comprised of animal lovers.

Mollie Magee, Stephanie Abrams' Springer Spaniel at 3 months old.

To see more pictures of Springer spaniels Maggie and Beau click here. Indigo Miami states that “your pets are like your children and are welcome to stay at our hotel, your home away from home”.

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“Traveling Feet” takes a moment to praise the heroic actions of the US Airways Flight 1549 crew in its emergency landing in the Hudson River. Further praise is given to the crews of local ferries that came to rescue of the Flight 1549 passengers. “Traveling Feet” recalls French writer and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of the Little Prince who said that “In a moment drama when you are called to act, you do what seems natural and human and it isn't until afterwards that those actions are elevated to heroism.”

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Travel Tips

Want a wide seat with lots of leg room while you travel? Traveling Feet recommends travel by train to have room for rest and leisure activities.


Guests Include:

William D. Talbert, CEO, Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jay Chambers, Florida Director of Sales, Prism Resorts & Hotels.

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts is accessible from Albany International Airport in New York and Hartford, Connecticut's Bradley Airport. Amtrak also stops directly in town. Not much further north in New England is Sugarloaf, a large mountain and ski area in Carrabassett Valley Maine. The resort hosts 138 trails and is 2,820 vertical feet making it one of the largest ski resorts in all of New England. Sugarloaf is four hours from Boston and an hour from the Canadian border. There is an on-mountain restaurant as well as other dining and nightlife options. Lodging includes 250 condos on the mountain, as well as a large hotel and inn. Sugarloaf promotes flexible package deals such as the “Ski and Stay” package which provides lodging, ski passes and lessons and a full spa experience. The costs of packages vary but may be as low as ninety five dollars per person per night during special weekend offers.

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Traveling Feet reflects on a recent show that had guest James Hess, Airport Operations Agent at Fort Myers Airport. Hess is the handler for Sky, a Border collie who chases birds off runways and taxiways to insure takeoff and landing safety.

Gene Grimmer, executive director of the Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, joins the show to discuss the history of travel safety. The museum received its inspiration from founder Robert Caldwell who served on the Cutter Spencer for the Coast Guard in World War II. The men and women of the United States Coast Guard are often called upon to save lives as seen with their recent assistance in the rescue of Flight 1549 passengers.

The Coast Guard traces its origins back to Nantucket. In 1786 the maritime community of Nantucket formed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Humane Society. This organization later became the National Lifesaving Service which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to create the United States Coast Guard. When Bob Caldwell returned to Nantucket after the war he started a personal collection of artifacts that became the basis for the museum. The museum has over 5,000 objects including period surfboats, beach carts, Fresnel Great Point lights and vintage photographs. It is over 4,000 square feet and sits on the edge of Foldgers Marsh overlooking the marsh and the body of water that makes up Nantucket's harbor. The area is also a favorite bird watching and picnicking spot on the island.

Nantucket is thirty miles out to sea. Jet Blue, Us Airways and Delta all fly into the island but more typically people enjoy coming in by boat. Boats come in from Hyannis either by high-speed ferries or by slower car ferries. Slow boat steam ships are recommended to truly experience the natural beauty of the island.

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Traveling Feet is joined by fellow SKAL (International Association of Travel and Tourism Professionals) member to discuss the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston. The hotel emphasizes luxury and comfort. Amenities include Italian linens, Serta mattresses, down comforters, L'Occitane soaps and shampoos, 80 digital television channels, guest room library, oversized writing desks and an in-room refreshment center.

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February 1-15, 2009 the Cliffs of Moher Visitors' Centre presents “Clare at the Cliffs”, a celebration of everything to do with County Clare, Ireland. The event begins on St. Brigid's Day and ends Valentine Day Weekend, connecting the ancient and modern traditions. It is a Food and Craft fair with storytelling, puppet theater, demonstrations of craftwork, discussions and guided tours, exhibitions of artwork and ongoing concerts of traditional music.

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Fun Facts
Nantucket was once referred to as “a graveyard of the Atlantic.”

Guests Include:

Ethan Austin, Communications Manager, Sugarloaf Ski and Golf Resort.

Jean Grimmer, Executive Director, Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum.

Adam Sperling, General Manager, Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, MA.

Katherine Webster, Executive Director, Cliffs of Moher Visitors Centre, County Clare, Ireland.

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