Month: January 2016

Frontiers North Adventures announces RAW:churchill Reserve your space for this unique culinary and adventure experience

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Frontiers North Adventures, in collaboration with Parks Canada and the creators of RAW:almond, announce rates and dates for RAW:churchill, scheduled to take place March 10 – 12, 2016 in Churchill, Canada.

“Never before has a culinary experience like this been hosted in Churchill,” said John Gunter, President and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures. “At RAW:churchill, our guests will enjoy a world-class meal underneath the northern lights on the exact same spot that the women and men of the Hudson’s Bay Company would have more than 250 years ago, right within the walls of Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site.”

RAW:almond cofounder Joe Kalturnyk said “We’re so excited to bring the award-winning RAW:almond experience from a frozen river in Winnipeg to the frozen shores of the Hudson Bay.”

Part of the adventure is for guests to embark upon an official Tundra Buggy® and travel across the frozen Churchill River to Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. Once there, protected from weather and wildlife by the fort’s 6.5 meter (21 feet) tall and 11 meter (36 feet) thick stone walls, guests will experience stunning cuisine and spirits in a heated transparent-roof ‘pop-up’ restaurant. Post-dinner, guests will complete their adventure with more northern lights viewing from the warmth and comfort of the Tundra Buggy.

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site is managed by Parks Canada. “Parks Canada is pleased to be working with Frontiers North Adventures and the creators of RAW:almond on this unique experience at Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site,” said Marilyn Peckett, Superintendent of the Manitoba Field Unit of Parks Canada. “This initiative is a great example of how, by working together, we can provide exciting new ways of experiencing our parks and sites in all seasons.”

Churchill is located directly under the auroral oval and the RAW:churchill restaurant structure has been designed purposefully with a transparent roof to take advantage of the opportunity for guests to dine while northern lights dance overhead.

Frontiers North Adventures, the company that helped pioneer tourism in Churchill and owners of the world-famous Tundra Buggy adventure, has curated five RAW:churchill package options:

RAW:churchill Air Return – $1600 CAD

RAW:churchill One-way VIA, One-way Air – $1250 CAD

RAW:churchill VIA Rail Return – $815 CAD

RAW:churchill Land Package – $500 CAD

RAW:churchill Evening – $250 CAD

www.raw-churchill.com details inclusions for each package and instructions on how to book.

About Frontiers North Adventures

Frontiers North Adventures (www.frontiersnorth.com) is a leader in responsible tourism, specializing in life-changing authentic tours that share the wildlife, history and culture of Canada’s North. Owners and operators of the world-famous Tundra Buggy®, Frontiers North offers a variety of wildlife-viewing programs, the most popular being to visit Churchill to view polar bears.

About RAW:almond

RAW:almond (www.raw-almond.com) is fine dining on the frozen rivers of Winnipeg. World class chefs gather to create a pop-up restaurant experience like no other.

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Devil’s Slide Trail Featured in OpenRoad Series Opener

San Mateo County Parks is proud to be an underwriter of the OpenRoad TV series which begins its second season on local NBC channels Sunday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. OpenRoad with Doug McConnell takes viewers on journeys to explore the natural, historical and cultural treasures of the Bay Area and Northern California focusing principally in parks and open spaces protected by the public and made accessible to all people for all time.

The series opener will include a visit to Devil’s Slide Trail, a San Mateo County Park.  The show will feature Parks Director Marlene Finley and Devil’s Slide Trail Ambassador volunteers. Along the trail, Doug also interviews Zoe Kersteen-Tucker, a Tunnelista who along with others, led the effort to build the Tom Lantos Tunnels, thereby diverting automobile traffic from the very famous road that is now a hiking and biking trail.

– See more at: http://parks.smcgov.org/press-release/devil%E2%80%99s-slide-trail-featured-openroad-series-opener?mc_cid=3fdcd188a1&mc_eid=d4707af178#sthash.4SO2WACN.dpuf

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR FOR ROMANCE… HERE ARE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE TOP TEN PLACES TO KISS IN PACIFICA

Just south of San Francisco, Pacifica is a robust beach-front community. The charming town and recreational playground is a dream destination for romantics, especially during the cooler winter season.

Featuring everything from great dining destinations and live entertainment to beachfront hiking and picnic locations, Pacifica is an ideal getaway for anyone interested in spending their romantic adventure at a fresh outdoor destination.

Interested in getting away? Here’s a Top Ten List of romantic places to “plant one” on your companion ~

  1. Rockaway Beach (http://visitpacifica.com/index.php?page=13) features dramatic, crashing waves that stimulate all five senses (sight, smell, touch, taste and sound) and provide the perfect setting for romance.
  2. While embarking on an exhilarating hike along the flanks of Montara Mountain(http://parks.smcgov.org/montara-mountain-trail), which towers 2000 feet above Pacifica, couples can jaunt through the Blue Gum Eucalyptus forest with striking glimpses of coastal Pacifica and the ocean beyond.
  3. The Mori Point coastal walk (http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-sites/mori-point.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/) wends along a rugged coastline and sets the stage with little corners that lend themselves to amore.
  4. For those that want to get their groove on, head to Nick’s Restaurant (nicksrestaurant.net) on a Friday or Saturday night when the restaurant/bar provides great live dancing music.
  5. The advanced terrain of Sweeney Ridge (http://bit.ly/1mvN8Sa) includes a range of wildlife and a plethora of both native and introduced spring wildflowers. The sandy coastline and adjacent wind-protected valley of Thornton State Beach are good venues for picnicking, beach walking and “necking.”
  6. In addition to a great selection of wines and tapas, A Grape in the Fog (agitf.com) is an intimate venue that provides live music on weekends and features a few select corners of the wine bar for sharing affection.
  7. Sam’s Castle (http://www.sammazzafoundation.org/the-castle/visiting-the-castle/) has a history of great allure. In order to snuggle up in one of the interior rooms or on the expansive exterior deck that overlooks the Pacific Ocean, couples will want to check out one of the exclusive tours (available January 30; February 13; March 19; April 9; and throughout the year)
  8. Perhaps one of the most romantic restaurants in Pacifica, the Moonraker Restaurant(moonrakerpacifica.com) overlooks the crashing waves at Rockaway Beach and offers a menu of critical acclaim.
  9. While not a conventional activity for those in love, waking up at the crack of dawn to go crabbing at thePacifica Pier (http://visitpacifica.com/index.php?page=22) is laced with romance as couples can catch their own Dungeness Crab to barbeque and share at any beach location of choice.
  10. The robust Peruvian restaurant, Puerto 27 (puerto27.com), looks out over the crashing waves of Linda Mar Beach and is perfect for those that want to share a range of tapas and entrees as well as the sunset while it’s setting over the grand Pacific Ocean.

At the end of a passion-filled day in Northern California’s romantic playground, couples will want to snuggle up at any one of the destination’s six hostelries. See below for recommendations:

  • America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/www.pacifica-bestvalueinn.com
  • Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/bestwesternlighthouse.com
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/www.hiexpresspacifica.com
  • Pacifica Beach Resort: (650) 355-9999/www.pacificabeachhotel.com
  • Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/www.pacificamotorinn.com
  • Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

Background: Pacifica. California

The natural beauty and unparalleled serenity of Pacifica, California has attracted travelers to this coastal gem for more than 100 years. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast. Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’s rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.

Pacifica’s ethereal beauty is enhanced by its Mediterranean style weather. Refreshing temperatures range from 15-20 degrees cooler than the central coast, drawing visitors to Pacifica’s shoreline to ‘cool’ off during the hot summer months with its natural air-conditioning and attractive oceanfront accommodations. Likewise, Pacifica’s equally-appealing winter travel season provides a dramatic setting for those interested in off-season values and romantic departures.

Of the many diversions, Pacifica boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas atop a wide range of hiking trails and walking adventures along the expansive beaches dotting the destination’s shoreline. Additionally, the destination features a range of recreational options, including surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, birding, cycling, golf, tennis, archery and horseback riding.

According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life.

For more information about the destination of Pacifica, California, please visit http://visitpacifica.com.