Tall Ships sailing to area this summer

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The Tall Ships America's bi-national Tall Ships Challenge series of tall ship races will set sail throughout the Great Lakes this summer.

Tall Ships America has scheduled visits from members of a fleet of 25 world-class tall ships to 22 U.S. and Ontario communities.

The festivities begin June 14 with the Brockville Tall Ships 1812 Tour and culminate Sept. 6-8 with Tall Ships Erie in Erie, P.A.

There will be an historic re-enactment of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie in Put-In-Bay, Ohio on Sept. 2.

The tall ships will be at Windsor, Amherstburg, Kingsville and Pelee Island Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.

At each site, the tall ships will be open to the public for viewing and feature dockside exhibits and lively interaction with crew.

Among the ships participating at a majority of the ports are Norway's 210-foot Sorlandet, the oldest full-rigged ship in the world still in operation, Canada's 72-foot brigantine Pathfinder and the U.S.'s 198-foot brigantine Niagara.

The Niagara was instrumental in the War of 1812 as the flagship for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

During the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the war's most critical battles, she helped Perry defeat the British fleet, ensuring American control of Ohio and all of Lake Erie.

The tall ships will also be in port July 4-7 at Cleveland, Ohio, July 12-14 at Bay City, Michigan, August 7-11 in Chicago, Illinois.

In Canada, the ships will be at Brockville June 14-16, Toronto, June 20-23, Hamilton, June 28-30, Port Dalhousie, June 28-30, Sault Ste Marie, July 19-21, Collingwood, Aug. 16-18 and Penetanguishene, Aug. 24-25.

Tall Ships America's Tall Ships Challenge is an annual series that rotates on a three-year cycle between the Atlantic coast, Great Lakes and Pacific coast.

Over the past decade, the organization has co-ordinated more than 60 Tall Ship Challenge events in 32 vitas.

The mission of Tall Ships America is to encourage character building through sail training, promote sail training to the North American public and support education under sail.


The Chatham-Kent Public Library has expanded its services with A to Z World Travel, a free online database available through the library's website - www.chatham-kent.ca/library.

A to Z World Travel can be accessed in the library or from home using a Chatham-Kent Public Library card.

A to Z World Travel is a comprehensive, informative and fun e-content travel database offering free and exclusive tourist and culture information on more than 200 of the top travel destinations in North America and around the globe.


Le Centre Sheraton Montreal is the recipient of the gold award in lodging in Les Grands Prix du tourism quebecois.

The hotel won the 2013 Ulysse award initially within the Montreal region and this week was announced as the overall gold award winner for the entire province of Quebec.

The Lodging Award was presented by Quebecor Media.

The gold award will join the hotel's trophy case which saw an earlier 2013 win when the hotel was awarded "team of the year for catering and convention services'' by Starwood Hotels and Resorts North America.

The hotel is located across the street from the famous Bell Centre and steps away from the Underground City, top dining and shopping on St. Catherine Street.

The 825-room hotel last year unveiled a $40 million renovation project.


For the first and only time in the U.S., the iconic violin, depicted in Titanic-themed movies and actually used by Wallace Hartley onboard the ship, will be on display at the Titanic Museum Attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and Branson, Missouri.

The storied artifact was unveiled this week at a media conference at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge and will remain there until July 27 before moving on to Branson.

The violin will be auctioned off by Henry Aldridge and Son on Oct. 19.


Mystical Golf, owner and operator of the acclaimed The Witch, Man-O-War and The Wizard golf courses in Myrtle Beach, are offering a value-packed stay and play summer vacation getaway from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Proclaimed the best value in the Grand Strand by Golf Magazine, Mystical Golf's trio of diverse Dan Maples-designed courses are all top-rated.

At $89 per person per night the offer includes three rounds of golf with a cart, three nights lodging, free steak dinner, lunch, range balls, $15 gift card and instant replay round for cart fee only.

For more information visit www.mysticalgolf.com.


Heading to Rochester, New York or Darien Lake this summer?

If so, you might want to book a night or two at the Holiday Inn Rochester Airport property.

I've stayed at the hotel in the past and it offers spacious and comfortable accommodations for business and pleasure travel.

Located adjacent to the Rochester International Airport, the hotel is just minutes from Rochester's downtown instruct, entertainment venues, attractions and numerous colleges and universities including the University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology.

The hotel is also located close to other attractions including the Blue Cross Arena, Frontier Field, Strong National Museum of Play, Eastman House, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes region, which is famous for its wineries.

The hotel's Priority Club Lounge features complimentary continental breakfast. The Divino Restaurant features a large menu and casual dining is available in the ROC bar and grille.


The Westin Bayshore Vancouver and the Westin Ottawa have received Readers' Choice of the Year awards from Meetings and Incentive Travel magazine.

Each year the magazine asks readers to vote for hotels, venues and suppliers that go above and beyond to meet the demanding and detailed needs of meeting planners.

The magazine looks to identify suppliers and venues that consistently raise the bar and lead the pack, making things easier for meeting planners as they host large and small groups.

"Receiving this coveted designation from the readers of M+IT means a great deal,'' said Robert Lemieux, director of sales and marketing at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

Cindy McLong of the Westin Ottawa said she's thrilled with the accolade.


CottageCountry.com has more than 25,000 cottages, cabins and vacation home properties available for rent this summer.

The Toronto-based company is the single largest resource for searching and booking Canadian vacation rentals, offering properties from the Muskokas to the Rockies.

The website is a rental-by-owner platform, directly connecting rental property owners and travellers in real-time.


Although gas prices remain high, more North American workers are expected to use their vacation days this summer, thanks to the steadily improving economy, increased job security and reasonable airfares.

Increased summer travel is also likely to boost hiring across several travel-related sectors including leisure and hospitality, food service, retail and entertainment.


I'm off tomorrow to a baseball game at Comerica Park in Detroit - only the second baseball game I've ever attended.

This time I'm taking along the grandchildren to watch the Tigers take on the Minnesota Twins.

I'm told Sundays are kids' day at the ballpark with free rides and running the bases following the game.

Should be fun - just hope the rain holds off.


The Four Points by Sheraton London has received a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence award.

The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

Only the top-performing 10% of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

TAG - Bob Boughner's travel column appears on Saturdays.



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