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State Fair Express Offers Convenient Rides to Iowa State Fair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:37

DES MOINES, IA (06/12/2013)(readMedia)-- The Iowa State Fair and Windstar Lines have partnered to provide round trip transportation to the Fair from 41 locations throughout the state. The convenient and affordable State Fair Express will offer motor coach service during the Iowa State Fair August 8-18.

Each State Fair Express ticket includes:

• Round trip transportation to and from Des Moines on a deluxe Windstar Lines motor coach

• Fair admission

• A complimentary bottle of water

• Fair coupon book offering food and drink discounts with more than $30 in savings

• Daily Program with map of the Fairgrounds

• Easy pickup and drop off in the Fair's North Lot at Gate 15

The State Fair Express, sponsored by Fareway, will arrive at the Fair at approximately 10 a.m. and will depart at 6 p.m. Adult fare includes ages 12 and over, child fare includes ages 5-11 and children under age 5 ride free. Persons under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket pricing varies by location. A complete list of routes, pricing and pickup locations follows.

Please call Windstar Lines Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888.494.6378 or visit www.gowindstar.com/iowa-state-fair.php to make State Fair Express reservations. Payment must be made in full at the time of reservation. Windstar accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Reservations can be made up to one week prior to departure. The State Fair Express runs rain or shine and no refunds will be issued. If the trip does not meet the minimum requirement of 30 reservations, cancellation of the trip will occur seven days prior to departure and riders will be notified by Windstar Lines. If a cancellation occurs refunds will be given.

"Nothing Compares" to the 2013 Iowa State Fair, August 8-18. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit www.iowastatefair.org.

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St. Louis to Celebrate its 250th Anniversary in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:45

stl250 Announces Year-Long Celebration to Commemorate the Founding of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, June 3, 2013 – An outdoor community festival, reenactment of St. Louis’s founding fathers arriving on the Riverfront and a region-wide Birthday Celebration are key events being planned by stl250 for the Gateway City’s 250th Anniversary next year. These events are just some of many celebrations in development by St. Louis community partners, and the festivities will only grow in the coming months! stl250 is a nonprofit organization solely focused on commemoration and celebration of St. Louis’s founding on its 250th anniversary in 2014. The announcement was made today at the stl250 Launch Event.

stl250 was created by area volunteers to coordinate the celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis by Pierre Laclede. The goal of the organization is to use this Semiquincentennial milestone to increase the pride in our region by building on the momentum already underway.

The 2014 celebration year will be co-hosted by City of St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. Ameren Chairman, President and CEO Tom Voss and his wife Carol will serve as stl250 co-chairs.

The stl250 celebration will begin at Grand Center’s New Year’s Eve First Night 2013 and will close on New Year’s Eve 2014. Events will be held throughout the year by both stl250 and thousands of other organizations and communities. stl250 is planning a big splash for the 250th birthday weekend (February 14 – 16, 2014) which includes:

an outdoor and environmentally friendly Valentines Day Burnin’ Love” festival will feature concert entertainment, a hot chocolate happy hour, sweetheart’s dinners, heated culinary lounges, fireworks, permanent fire sconces in the park’s canals and lakes as well as a centerpiece public art sculpture of a burning heart. This sculpture will literally be on fire in Forest Park’s Grand Basin Lake.

 A re-enactment of the city’s founding on Laclede’s Landing as well as a scholarly symposium entitled, “The Impact of the Founding of St. Louis: on the Region and the Entire Nation”.

Founders Day Gala at the Missouri History Museum with satellite galas at other locations.

 A brief celebration & an official birthday cake will immediately follow the re-enactment.

Commemorative Birthday Cakes will play a key and interactive role throughout the year. A region-wide “Cakewalk” will provide an educational walk through St. Louis’ history. Ornamental birthday cakes will be placed at 250 regional historical locations. Cakes will be interactive and allow those with smart phones and tablets to receive facts on their device about the location’s history. Details on locations and a contest will be announced in the Fall 2013 timeframe.

“St. Louis has a long history, current momentum and a promising future,” said Erin Budde, Executive Director for stl250. “It’s important that we mark this major milestone in a way that engages our entire region. stl250 and its volunteer leadership have much work to do over the next seven months to finalize plans, engage partners from across the region while broadly telling the story of our past, present and future through events that range from the grassroots to grand scale,” Budde continued.

 
Loop changes take effect June 28th PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Margo McInnis   
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 13:44
The Loop service changes will take effect on June 28.  The map and schedule have been redesigned, and there is a new Loop website: www.qcloop.com You can view the new maps/stops/schedule at that site.

 
Hotel Blackhawk, Bix Bistro Named As TripAdvisor Award Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Kass   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 14:02

HOTEL BLACKHAWK AWARDED TRIPADVISOR ® CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE: Davenport hotel achieves prestigious status for second consecutive year

DAVENPORT, IA – Hotel Blackhawk is pleased to announce that it has earned a 2013 TripAdvisor ® Certificate of Excellence Award – the second consecutive year it has earned the honor.

The prestigious award honors hospitality excellence and are given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor ®, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor ® receive this award.

To qualify for the Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Our company is pleased to again receive this award from TripAdvisor,” said Tim Heim, VP – Marketing, Innkeeper Hospitality Services. “We strive to offer guests a hip and historic experience, and repeating this recognition shows the hard work of our team at Hotel Blackhawk is continuing to translate into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor ® offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor ®-branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 50 million unique monthly visitors, and over 60 million reviews and opinions.

Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15th, 2010. The hotel retains its 98-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Autograph Collection (www.autographhotels.com) and the Historic Hotels of America network (www.historichotels.org). For more, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).

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BIX BISTRO EARNS TRIPADVISOR ® SERVICE EXCELLENCE AWARD: Hotel Blackhawk restaurant continues to complement diner’s experience

DAVENPORT, IA – Hotel Blackhawk is pleased to announce that its on-site restaurant – Bix Bistro – has earned a 2013 TripAdvisor ® Service Excellence Award.

The prestigious award honors service excellence and are given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor ®, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor ® receive this award.

To qualify for the Service Excellence award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

It also marks the second major recognition for the restaurant itself. In 2012, Bix Bistro received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its wine selection and theme.

“Bix Bistro is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Deanna Jensen, General Manager at Hotel Blackhawk. “We strive to create memories for our guests, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor.”

Hotel Blackhawk re-opened December 15th, 2010. The hotel retains its 98-year-old historic character while featuring modern conveniences throughout the 130 guestrooms and extended-stay suites, six meeting rooms and up to 300-person banquet capacity in the signature Gold Room.

Other features include wireless internet, a fitness center, business center, swimming pool, hot tub, Spa Luce (lu-CHAY), Milan Flower Shop, the Bix Bistro restaurant, the Beignet (been-YAY) Done That coffee shop and Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge. The hotel is part of the Autograph Collection (www.autographhotels.com) and the Historic Hotels of America network (www.historichotels.org). For more, visit www.hotelblackhawk.com or find us on www.facebook.com (Search: Hotel Blackhawk).

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Great River Road National Scenic Byway Celebrates 75th Anniversary PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kate Hagen   
Monday, 06 May 2013 14:01

Mississippi River states to host celebrations throughout 2013

MADISON, Wis. [May 6, 2013] – The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is excited to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway.

In 1938, the governors of the 10 river states developed the concept of a transcontinental Great River Parkway along the Mississippi River. Choosing to conserve precious resources, among them land, time and dollars, they decided rather than building a new continuous road, the existing network of rural roads and then-fledgling highways that meandered and crisscrossed the river would become the Great River Road. The green Pilot’s Wheel road sign that marked the route of the new byway more than seven decades ago still heralds the road today.

As one of the oldest, longest and most unique scenic byways in North America, the Great River Road offers respite to millions of travelers seeking a getaway – from a leisurely day’s drive to an extended vacation. Nearly 3,000 miles long and running through 10 states along the Mississippi River, the Great River Road has offered a gateway to the river valley’s great history, the blending of cultures and a host of recreational options to all who journey it for three-quarters of a century and counting.

Plan a day’s drive or a month-long excursion along the Great River Road National Scenic Byway with the help of experiencemississippiriver.com. Here you’ll find information on all the states’ interpretive centers, upcoming events and must-see attractions, along with suggested itineraries and maps to help plan a trip that’s just right for you.

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