Discover the Far West

From Michael Zufolo of Let’s Travel Radio.com.

Our travels this month took us to the Far West. To our listeners on the planet we’re piping discovery.

Discover Vancouver & Victoria, BC; the San Juan Islands, Seattle, Wa. and Portland, Or. for fabulous scenery, historic sites, freshest seafood, native American lore, wearables, and giftware and a lot, lot more.

In Vancouver visit Gas Town, Stanley Park, China Gardens/ Chinatown, Little India, Yaletown, Granville Island’s public markets, and more. Take the Gray Line Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tours; travel Sky-Line public transit from the airport, dirt cheap, less than 20 minutes to center city; visit the sites of the 2010 Winter Olympic games and the Vancouver Aquarium with over 70,000 stock; discover native American legends, artifacts, and shop til you drop. Learn to read a totem pole, if you can.
Rated in the top 10 for food & wine
by American Express. Lots to see and do in this walkable city. For more info on Vancouver try www.tourismvancouver.com or
www.vcmbc.com

Victoria, BC by BC ferry/ bus from Vancouver is easy, a 3 1/2 hour trip
in comfort gets you there. Book directly from BC or contact www.bcferries.com
Victoria is at the bottom of Vancouver Island. Lots of great food,
historic sites, the British Parliament,
Victoria’s Inner Harbour, Miniature World, Canada’s oldest Chinatown,
Butchart Gardens (www.butchartgardens.com ) and Butterfly Gardens (www.butterflygardens.com or 1-877.722.0272 ) by Gray Line bus; Fairmont Empress Hotel for High Tea, St. Ann’s Academy, Maritime Museum, Royal BC Museum. Craigdarroch Castle and a host of fine B&B’s is what we noted. Best Italian restaurant-
Il Terrazo, a find. Name your favorite seafood- you’ll find it here.
For more info on Victoria try:
www.tourismvictoria.com

San Juan Islands is part of the U.S.
Easy to get to by local bus service from Victoria- 1 hour from the center
to Sydney Harbor. Clear U.S. customs and you’re on your way- a
1 1/2 hour ferry ride to Friday Harbour, the capital of this 4-island group by BC Ferries again.
Stay at a charming B&B, like earthbox or Bird Rock with its quaint gas fire places and hot tubes and gourmet breakfasts with fresh scones and fruit ( 1-800.352. 2632 ); discover the islands long history and culture,
i.e., the Museum District
( San Juan Historical Museum/360-
378.3949; The Whale Museum/ 360-
378.1710; San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture: 360-370. 5050;
San Juan Aviation Museum: 360-378.4724 ). Dine at The Hungary Clam, The Crab Box, Coho, Mi Casita, Peppermill Steak & Seafood, popular
places we found.
Whale watching is the major sport here with numerous chaters going out daily. For more info on these go to:
800-450. 6858/ 360-378.1323. For general info on the islands try:www.sanjuanisland.org or 360-378.5240 or 888.468.3701 x 1 )

There’s also Orca Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island. Regular ferry service is available from Washington State Ferries: 206-464. 6400 or 800-84- Ferry and from a number of special ferry services serving all four. A return trip to Anacortes on the U.S. side in Washington takes 1 1/2 hours. The passage is generally free from Friday Harbor and from the adjoining U.S. islands as a public service.

About The Author

Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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