Travel Expert and Radio Talk Show Host Stephanie Abrams - Traveling Feet Shownotes
Traveling Feet - June 13, 2009 - Shownotes & Audio Archive

Sterling Breeze Condominiums in Panama City Beach, Florida; Kutztown, Pennsylvania Folk Festival; Distinguished Hotels' Casa Angelina on the Amalfi Coast, Italy; Concierge Service New York Guest Highlights NYC Events; Stay at AKA Hotels in Manhattan.

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Sterling Breeze is a boutique 145 unit condominium complex in Panama City Beach, Florida. Its parent company Sterling Resorts has a total of six condominium locations in the state. Accommodations at Sterling Breeze are all golf-front units, each similarly furnished. Units come standard with electric barbecue grills, private balconies and a washer and dryer set.

 The property contains one, two and three bedroom units. They are perfect for families looking for residential accommodations during a vacation stay. The location includes a gorgeous beach front perfect for weddings. There is an overflow pool, hot tub and fire pit on site which overlook the Gulf of Mexico. Guests who currently book a three night stay will get a forth night free.

For more information visit http://www.sterlingbreeze.com/ or call 866-348-7118.

The Kutztown Folk Festival is the oldest folk life festival in the country. Two thousand nine is its 60th anniversary. The festival is a celebration of Pennsylvania-Dutch culture and includes crafts (including quilting) demonstrations, historical displays, reenactments, and traditional food. Kuztown is located between Allentown and Redding off of Route 22 and Route 78. Festivities happen daily between 9am and 6pm June 27th through July 5th.


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Another celebration of folk culture and heritage is taking place in Albany alongside the city's quadcentennial celebration. The 29th Old Song Festival at the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, New York is a concert event that includes a wide range of folk music styles and homegrown music from around the globe. The festival is held June 26th -28th.

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For more information visit http://www.kutztownfestival.com/ and http://www.oldsongs.org/

The Distinguished Hotels collection includes hotels, residences and resorts that stand out for their charm, personable atmosphere and elements of luxury. They are unlike branded hotels which often lack the same elegance and unique qualities. The newly added Casa Angelina is a hotel which embodies Distinguished Hotel's intent, both in providing a hotel of sophisticated elegance and one which has a particular focus on hospitality.

Casa Angelina is located in the small town of Praiano, a hidden gem located next to the harbor on the Amalfi Coast of Southern Italy. Priano is only 4 kilometers from Postinao and 7 kilometers from Amalfi. These locations are beautiful but much more populated by tourists. Priano still contains the spirit of an old Italian fishing village. It has a small town center with a lovely beach, restaurants and shops and is perched on a cliff overlooking the bay 215 feet above sea level.

Casa Angelina visitors have the option of either staying in the main hotel or in renovated fisherman's homes on the hotel's private beach area. The hotel is classic in style but has many modern art pieces on display inside its walls. It is not baroque or ornate and its main distinguishing feature is abundance of white used in decoration. It was the architect's intent to highlight the strong contrast of white with the blue of the sky and the sea.

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For more information visit http://www.casangelina.com/ and http://www.distinguishedhotels.com/

Travel Tip:

When traveling to Positano Stephanie advises not to come in through Sorrento as they did in the film “Only You” but rather to go from Naples to Salerno. The advantage is that during your drive you will be traveling along the shoreline and have a more spectacular view.

If planning an extended trip in Italy Stephanie recommends travelers fly into Rome, take the train to Naples and then pick up a car and drive to see Pompeii and Vesuvius. Afterwards they should continue driving on to Solerno and then follow the Amalfi coastal road eastwards towards Prainano.

Fun Facts:

Stephanie was moved to visit the Amalfi Coast after she saw the 1994 film “Only You”. Positano Italy and the Amalfi coast were featured in the film. 

In the film “Only You” the characters Faith and Kate drink white wine out of a bottle labeled Chianti. This is a factual error as in Tuscany only red wines can be labeled as Chianti.

Guests Include:

Lisa Dallas, Rental Manager, Sterling Breeze.
www.sterlingbreeze.com

Dave Fooks, Executive Director, Kutztown Folk Festival.
www.kutztownfestival.com

Annarita Aprea, Director of Sales and Marketing, Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast, Italy.
www.casangelina.com

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Stephanie visited Acapulco, Mexico in April for a major tourism event. She had a stunning view from the balcony of her hotel and a wonderful overall trip despite an earthquake and the early reports of Swine Flu. She says that the location of her hotel was easily accessible. The drive from Acapulco Airport to the popular Diamond Zone section (where her hotel was) was only 30 minutes.

Acapulco Bay
The view of Acapulco Bay from Stephanie's hotel room

A recent Acapulco drug bust has been widely reported in the media with many newscasters claiming that American tourists have fled in fear. Stephanie states that these incidents took place far away from the tourism centers in the city. She stresses that it is false reporting to state that no Americans are currently staying in Acapulco and hopes that it won't deter any future tourists from visiting.

Click here to read Stephanie's blog entry on Acapulco's bad press.

New York Guest is a full scale concierge service that is used by many prestigious hotels such as the Algonquin Hotel and AKA Hotels in New York City. It offers complete staffing for hotels and has access to special promotions. People often choose to do all their reservations and bookings online, however a concierge service is great at making the impossible happen and alerting visitors to some of the area's best events.

New York City is currently celebrating the 7th annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party, a barbeque festival in Madison Square Park. This event is unique to the city and many participants have traveled up from Alabama to provide authentic barbecue food.

New York City officials have also recently changed the entire grid of Times Square. Though the arrangement may only be temporary, for the time being there is an expanded pedestrian mall on location. Broadway from 52nd to 40th St. is completely closed off to traffic. The Tony Awards were recently held and there is much to see on Broadway in the summer months.

For more information visit http://www.newyorkguest.com or call 1-866-406-5341.

AKA Hotels provides luxury hotel residences in fantastic locations on the east coast of the United States. There are a total of eight AKA hotels, four of which are in Manhattan. The other four properties are in White Planes, New York, in Washington D.C. (a block and a half from the Whitehouse), in Rittenhouse Square, Pennsylvania and in Arlington Virginia.

During this hour AKA's flagship property the AKA Central Park Hotel is discussed as well as the AKA Times Square. Both are located in New York City. The Times Square property is located at 123 West 44th Street between 6th Avenue and Broadway. It contains 109 suites which are a combination of 700 square feet studios, one and two bedrooms suites and duplexes on the penthouse level. Duplexes are suites that span two levels some which contain studies, media rooms and wrap around terraces, many with amazing views of Times Square. All of the rooms have full gourmet kitchens. Prior to a guest's arrival they will receive a phone call form a front desk agent asking about what specific foodstuff they want the kitchen stocked with.

AKA is partnered with New York Guest allowing the hotel to provide their guests with comprehensive details about New York City events. The Times Square property also offers room service at a more affordable rate than at a typical hotel and a complimentary club breakfast each morning. Other amenities include a washer and dryer in the apartment and a business center, free wireless and fitness center on site. Apartments come fully furnished and fully stocked with culinary, dishware, decorations and electronic devices.

The Central Park hotel is located on42 West 58th street between 5th and 6th avenue across the street from the iconic Plaza Hotel.  It has 134 suites which are a combination of studios, one bedroom and two two-bedroom units that guests can potentially join with a one-bedroom unit to form a three-bedroom unit. AKA guests of the Central Park hotel get a coupon for shopping at Bergdorf Goodman.

Each AKA New York City hotel showcases a fantastic location and provide quality luxuries in furnished apartments with hotel-like services.  The hotels will accommodate transient guests but more often have more long term visitors. They are great for families in need of extra space and kitchen facilities.

There are three different pricing tiers at the hotel: nightly, weekly and monthly. The longer you stay the more cost effective it is. Nightly rates range from $250 USD TO $500 USD depending on the unit and on seasonality. Current promotions include a “go green” initiative. Hoteliers will shave off 30 dollars a night if people forgo daily housekeeping. Another standard discount is that the fifth night is free at a property. This includes every fifth night before 130 days.

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

Travel Tip:

Stephanie finds that there are better fares out of New York City because it is a competitive city. She suggests spending a layover there. The money you save on an international flight out of NYC could pay for an overnight stay.

Guests Include:

John Williams, President, New York Guest.
www.newyorkguest.com

Noel Hernandez, Vice President of Sales, AKA Luxury Hotel Residences.
www.stayaka.com

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