Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim To Open June 15 With Limited Services

 

View from Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim
(Photo Courtesy of Forever Resorts)

GRAND CANYON LODGE NORTH RIM TO OPEN JUNE 15 WITH LIMITED SERVICES

Enjoy Historic Accommodations, Scenic Views, Excellent Hiking Trails at the Grand Canyon’s Less-Traveled North Rim

 Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim, inside Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, will open for its 2020 season on June 15. Sitting at an elevation of more than 8,000 feet, the comparatively tranquil North Rim receives just one-tenth of the visitation of the South Rim and is known for its recreational activities including hiking trails, mule rides and exploring the local flora and fauna.

To comply with current public health guidelines, the historic lodge will open with certain operational changes, including offering takeout orders and grab and go food options including pizza and sandwiches available at the deli and the saloon. Also, a limited restaurant menu for breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m. The general store is open. A limited number of cabins will be available to guests to account for social distancing. In addition, staff will no longer share living quarters and will be housed separately in observance of social distancing mandates.

“As people increasingly seek outdoor destinations for the 2020 summer travel season, we have enhanced our already high cleanliness standards,” said John Schoppmann, executive vice president, Forever Resorts, the concessioner operating Grand Canyon Lodge North Rim. “We continue to monitor new guidelines to ensure our public health protocol follows the latest recommendations to safeguard the health of our staff members and guests.”

In addition to using the EPA recommended cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, the lodge has implemented the following supplemental standard operating procedures:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitizing frequency for all public and staff areas.
  • Sanitizing stations located throughout the property for employee and guest use and are checked frequently.
  • Public touch points such as doorknobs, railings and faucets are cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day.
  • Public surfaces such as counters and bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • All guest room surfaces are sanitized thoroughly prior to new guest arrivals.
  • Increased staff training and awareness regarding maintaining cleanliness and hygiene as related to current public health considerations.

To make reservations, visit www.grandcanyonforever.com or call (877) 386-4383.

ABOUT GRAND CANYON LODGE – NORTH RIM
Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim is the only lodging inside the National Park on the North Rim. Located at Bright Angel Point, the Lodge was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The original Lodge was constructed in 1928 and burned in 1932. The current Lodge was rebuilt in 1937 using as much of the original structure as possible. Here guests may enjoy the quiet serenity of the North Rim while enjoying comfortable guest rooms and cabins. Our cabins were constructed in the 1930’s and 1940’s. While restrooms and showers have since been added, these cabins retain their original rustic charm. To this day, not one of the cabins has a television or radio. The Lodge Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It features regional cuisine; all-natural beef and poultry products are antibiotic and hormone free and the wine list showcases American organic selections available by the glass. Meanwhile the Gift Shop purveys Grand Canyon souvenirs, clothing and accessories. Free self-parking, bus, truck and RV parking are available. For more information about the lodge, visit www.grandcanyonforever.com or www.facebook.com/grandcanyonnorthrim.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Experience Summer with Scenic Safaris Side-by-Side Guided Tours and Private Rentals Near Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

EXPERIENCE SUMMER WITH SCENIC SAFARIS SIDE-BY-SIDE GUIDED TOURS AND PRIVATE RENTALS NEAR JACKSON HOLE WYOMING

Summer vacationers looking for an exhilarating adventure into Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s surrounding wilderness can now book flexible, four-seater, open-air, side-by-side tours or reserve the vehicles for self-guided excursions through Oct. 31. Scenic Safaris, operated by National Park Service concessionaire Forever Resorts, offers half-day and full-day tours showcasing not only the iconic landscapes, but also the many species of fauna that call the parks home. Meanwhile, the four-seater vehicles may also be rented for self-guided two-, four- or eight-hour sessions from both Jackson and Alpine, Wyoming.

Operating on late-model four-seater Can-Am Side-by-Side vehicles, these tours allow visitors to navigate rough terrain with much greater agility and comfort than regular road vehicles. Scenic Safaris’ guided side-by-side tours are led by a local tour expert equipped with extensive knowledge of the area’s history. Tours offer varied views of the Grand Teton range (weather permitting), as well as the chance to spot wildlife and visit some of the less-frequented sights in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Tours include hotel pick-up, lunch (for the full-day tour) and refreshments, as well as a helmet and rain poncho if needed. Guests are encouraged to bring their own camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, appropriate footwear and an extra layer of clothing.

 

Scenic Safaris’ Side-by-Side Tours:
Half Day
Audience: Families, first-time backcountry visitors.
Morning Departure Time: 7:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Afternoon Departure Time: 12 – 12:30 p.m.
Highlights: Shadow Mountain, Gros Ventre, Moulton Barns
WOW! moment: Spotting bison, moose and antelope.
Duration: 4-5 hours including transportation to the tour origination point.
Price:
$490 for first machine (guide and up to three passengers)
$270 for each additional machine (up to four people)
$170 for each additional guide

Full Day
Audience: Anyone seeking a unique adventure in the backcountry.
Departure Time: 7:30 – 8 a.m.
Highlights: Remote spots such as Gunsight Pass and Crystal Creek, river crossings.
WOW! Moment: That feeling visitors have knowing they’re seeing sights fewer than 1 percent of other summertime travelers can see due to terrain that’s too rough for road vehicles.
Menu: Lunch and refreshments included.
Duration: 8 – 9 hours departing in the early morning, returning by midday.
Price:
$660 for first machine (guide and up to three passengers)
$349 for each additional machine (up to four people)
$220 for each additional guide

Scenic Safaris Side-by-Side Rentals:
Two-Hour Rental
Times Available: 7:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 2 – 5 p.m.
Jackson Location: $225
Alpine Location: $125

Four-Hour Rental
Times Available: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jackson Location: $299
Alpine Location: $199

Eight-Hour Rental
Time Available: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Jackson Location: $399
Alpine Location: $299

For more information on Scenic Safaris’ Side-by-Side tours, click here or call (307) 734-8898.

Note: Park entry fees and guide gratuities are not included in tour prices. All tours are subject to change due to weather conditions.

 

ABOUT SCENIC SAFARIS
Based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Scenic Safaris offers summer and winter tours in the majestic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Summer tour options include guided backcountry ATV/UTV tours, street legal UTV rentals, hiking, and luxury wildlife-viewing tours. In the winter, Scenic Safaris offers guided tours aboard its state-of-the-art snowcoaches and quiet, fuel-efficient snowmobiles. All equipment utilized meets the National Park Service’s newest noise and emission requirements. To ensure each guest is offered the most informative and enjoyable experience possible, all Scenic Safaris’ tour guides are certified by the National Association for Interpretation and are Wilderness First Responders. For more information on all tour options available, go to www.Scenic-Safaris.com, find us on Facebook or call (307) 734-8898. To make a reservation inquiry, send an E-mail to reservations@scenic-safaris.com.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Luxury Meets Adventure with Jackson Hole’s Mad River Boat Trips VIP Experiences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LUXURY MEETS ADVENTURE WITH JACKSON HOLE’S MAD RIVER BOAT TRIPS VIP EXPERIENCES

 

Top-rated river outfitter Mad River Boat Trips has introduced a VIP Experience with the luxury-seeking traveler in mind. Mad River realizes that while adventure appeals to many, not everyone enjoys “roughing it.” Indeed, some guests appreciate the turn-key nature and customized touches that elevate the overall comfort and enjoyment of their outdoor adventure excursion to higher echelons.

Guests who book Mad River’s VIP Experience start the journey with private black car transportation from their hotel. Once they arrive at Mad River’s boathouse, they will be personally welcomed and accompanied by one of Mad River’s managers during the check-in process—or they may opt to bypass this step altogether and head straight for the river.

Guests will receive premium gear, including wetsuits, wetsuit jackets, gloves, river booties, splash gear, towels and a complimentary Go Pro rental. An exclusive boat launch is arranged for all VIP Experience parties, no matter the size, and led by one of Mad River’s professional Snake River Senior Guides. Other amenities VIP Experience guests enjoy depend entirely on their personal preferences—and anything is possible. Customizations may include but are not limited to: Gourmet riverside meals prepared by a professional chef; a stop at Mad River’s exclusive camp site for a charcuterie plate, local desserts and lemonade; a Western-inspired custom menu; distinctively local refreshments – pig candy, buffalo or elk jerky, and huckleberry ice cream; post-trip Champagne; monogrammed towels or other tailor-made requests.

With the Mad River VIP Experience, every detail is addressed with a flourish and every effort made to ensure a seamless, unforgettable travel experience from arrival to departure.

To find out more about Mad River Boat Trips white water and scenic float trips on the Wild and Scenic Snake River, go to www.Mad-River.com or call (800) 458-7238.

ABOUT MAD RIVER BOAT TRIPS
Mad River Boat Trips is a river outfitter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and consistent recipient of TripAdvisor’s “Excellent” rating by its customers. Offering whitewater trips and scenic floats daily during summer since 1977, Mad River offers guests extraordinary recreation on the recently designated Wild and Scenic Snake River. The Snake River begins its journey in the rugged backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and gathers water as it heads south toward Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park. The river exits the south end of Jackson Hole through the winding Snake River Canyon, lined with trees and steep granite walls, small alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. It’s on this section of the Snake River where guests travel down a wild and scenic river, which is a rarity in the Rocky Mountains—it’s an experience not to be missed. For more information, visit www.Mad-River.com or www.Facebook.com/MadRiverBoatTrips. Mad River is a permittee of the Bridger-Teton National Forest/Equal Opportunity Provider.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Black Canyon River Adventures Offers Free Rafting Trips for Science is Everywhere Day, April 29

BLACK CANYON RIVER ADVENTURES OFFERS FREE SMOOTH WATER RAFTING TRIPS FOR SCIENCE IS EVERYWHERE DAY, APRIL 29

Space Is Limited; Reservations Available Beginning 8 a.m., April 21

Black Canyon River Adventures, in conjunction with the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival, is offering the Black Canyon/ Hoover Dam Postcard tour, a short smooth-water river rafting excursion on the Colorado River,  on Science Is Everywhere Day, Sunday, April 29. The experience is FREE, but registration is required. Reservations may be made beginning on April 21 at 8 a.m. by calling (702) 278-0606.

 

The tour includes spectacular views of Hoover Dam and the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, as well as the majestic, rugged landscape of the area. Guests check in at the Alan Bible Visitor Center for the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (10 Lakeshore Rd., Boulder City, NV), and from there are transported down the historic Lower Portal Road to the Black Canyon Water Trail of the Colorado River. From that point, guests will board a motorized raft piloted by a guide for a 30-minute float trip. All guests should allow for 1.5 hours total for this tour from the park service parking area and back. Available tour times are 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on April 29; each tour time accommodates 45 guests.

 

ABOUT BLACK CANYON RIVER ADVENTURES

This unique excursion takes place aboard a motor-assisted raft that allows guests to leisurely enjoy and learn about the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The tour takes place along the portion of the Colorado River designated as the Black Canyon National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2014.

 

Both full-day (4.5 hour) and “postcard” tours (1.5 hours) are available. The full-day trip covers 12 miles of the Colorado River and culminates at Willow Beach Marina on Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A boxed lunch and transportation back to the departure point is included.  Transportation back to your hotel is also available. The postcard tour stays within ½ mile of Hoover Dam and offers spectacular photographic opportunities of the dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial (bypass) bridge completed in October 2010.

 

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Raft with Santa on the Colorado River this Christmas Eve

RAFT THE COLORADO RIVER WITH SANTA THIS CHRISTMAS EVE

Bring the Family for this One-Day-Only Experience with Black Canyon River Adventures, Sunday, Dec. 24

 A festive new tradition has charted its course on the Colorado River: Black Canyon River Adventures’ annual Rafting with Santa experience returns Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. The 12-mile journey along the mighty Colorado River makes an extraordinary way for families to enjoy the excitement of the holiday season in a raft piloted by jolly old St. Nick or his helpers.

This special trip is being offered for one day only this year and will include:

  • Santa Claus and his helpers will pilot the rafts on this smooth-water river adventure
  • Ground transportation provided by one of Santa’s elves
  • Gifts for each passenger
  • Boxed lunch and bottled water for a picnic stop on a sandy beach along the way
  • Complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and Christmas music at Willow Beach Marina, where the river trip ends

This unique excursion takes approximately 4.5 hours (6.5 hours including transportation to and from Las Vegas) and departs from the base of Hoover Dam aboard a motor-assisted raft. Guests will enjoy and learn about the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The tour meets at the Lake Mead RV Village in Boulder City; out-of-town guests may arrange for round-trip transportation from their hotel.

The “Rafting with Santa” tour departs at 10 a.m. Guests are asked to check in by 9:30 a.m. at the Lake Mead RV Village, located at 268 Lakeshore Road, Boulder City, NV 89005. The cost for adults (16 years and older) is $97; for children 13 to 15 years, $87, and for children 5 to 12 years, $58. Children under 5 are free. Round-trip transportation to and from a Las Vegas-area hotel is $49 per person.

To make reservations for this tour, go to www.BlackCanyonAdventures.com or call (800) 455-3490.

ABOUT BLACK CANYON RIVER ADVENTURES
This unique excursion takes place aboard a motor-assisted raft that allows guests to leisurely enjoy and learn about the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. The tour takes place along the portion of the Colorado River designated as the Black Canyon National Water Trail by the National Park Service in 2014.

Both full-day (6.5 hour) and “postcard” tours (1.5 hours) are available. The full-day trip covers 12 miles of the Colorado River and culminates at Willow Beach Marina on Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. A boxed lunch and transportation back to the departure point is included.  Transportation back to your hotel is also available. The postcard tour stays within ½ mile of Hoover Dam and offers spectacular photographic opportunities of the dam and the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial (bypass) bridge completed in October 2010.

ABOUT WILLOW BEACH RESORT AND MARINA
Willow Beach Harbor is located approximately 45 minutes from Las Vegas and is the culmination point for Forever Resorts’ Black Canyon River Adventure flat-water rafting trips. From here, visitors may explore the Colorado River’s 235 miles of shoreline and the myriad opportunities the region offers for hiking, boating and fishing. Its marina offers a variety of power boat rentals, as well as canoe and kayak rentals, a fishing pier and boat launch ramp. Camp sites (tent and RV) are also available.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Scenic Safaris Announces Winter 2017-2018 Snowmobile Tours in Yellowstone, Bridger-Teton National Forest

 

SCENIC SAFARIS ANNOUNCES GRAND TETON AND YELLOWSTONE WINTER
TOURS FOR THE 2017 – 2018 SEASON

 

Scenic Safaris announces an enticing roster of half-day, full-day and overnight tours into Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger-Teton National Forest, as well as half-day tours into Grand Teton National Park, for the 2017 – 2018 winter season. Guests have the option of traveling via Scenic Safaris’ luxury vans into Grand Teton National Park, via snowmobile into the Bridger-Teton National Forest and snowmobile or snowcoach into Yellowstone. With any of these tours, guests are sure to experience the landscapes, wildlife and geologic wonders of these parks during the most magical—and less crowded—season of the year.

Half-Day Tours
Grand Teton Half-Day Wildlife Luxury Van Tours make an ideal option for families with smaller children and anyone not interested in snowmobiling. These four-hour tours also offer morning and afternoon departures in a comfortable vehicle outfitted with elongated windows perfect for wildlife viewing. Tour routes vary according to wildlife migration patterns and the group’s interest, but all tours start along the National Elk Refuge into Grand Teton National Park.

Classic Half-Day Snowmobile Tours in the Bridger-Teton National Forest are great for first-time snowmobilers, families with younger children (ages 10 and up) or vacationers who want to hit the ski slopes in the afternoon. Snowmobile tours include gear (boots, one-piece suit, helmet and gloves), light breakfast and refreshments and a 1.5 – 2-hour ride on a groomed trail with plenty of stops for photos.

Full-Day Tours
A variety of full-day snowmobile tours include Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Gros Ventre and Togwotee High Mountain and Turpin Meadows – the latter includes lunch at the popular luxury dude ranch of the same name. These tours take passengers to a variety of iconic sights such as Leidy Lake, The Sleeping Indian, the Gros Ventre River, Breccia Cliffs and the Togwotee Pass. In addition, the Gros Ventre Snowmobile Tour & Scenic Flight features an over-snow and aerial experience with stunning views of the Teton range in a private Cessna Turbo Stationair 8 touring aircraft. Each full-day tour takes 8 – 9 hours and includes lunch and snowmobile gear.

Full-Day Old Faithful Snowcoach Tours offer guided sightseeing experiences 45 miles (one-way) into Yellowstone to the famous geyser. With stops along the way for photo opportunities, these tours visit points of interest such as Moose Falls, Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls and West Thumb Geyser Basin. Guests will see Old Faithful erupt and have lunch before continuing along the tour route. Total tour time: 12 hours.

Overnight Tours
Customized Multi-Day Snowmobile Tours are also available and include overnight lodging, all meals, as well as plenty of exhilarating winter sightseeing. To plan this customized adventure, guests may call the company directly at (307) 734-8898.

Self-Guided Snowmobile Rental
Scenic Safaris also offers snowmobiles for rent for unguided rides out of Jackson, Wyoming; Alpine, Wyoming; Turpin Meadows Ranch; and Flagg Ranch. For more information on these rentals, click here.

Note: Half-Day and Full-Day Tours include hotel pick-up and drop-off. Park entrance fees and guide gratuities are not included in tour prices. A 10 percent gratuity will be automatically added upon reservation for private and group bookings. All tours are subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

ABOUT SCENIC SAFARIS
Based in Jackson, Wyoming, Scenic Safaris offers summer and winter tours in the majestic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Summer tour options include backcountry ATV tours and wildlife-viewing hikes and tours. In the winter, Scenic Safaris offers guided tours aboard its state-of-the-art snowcoaches and quiet, fuel-efficient snowmobiles.  All equipment utilized meets the National Park Service’s newest noise and emission requirements. To ensure each tour offers guests the most informative and enjoyable experience possible, all Scenic Safaris’ tour guides are certified by the National Association for Interpretation and are Wilderness First Responders. For more information on all tour options available, go to www.Scenic-Safaris.com, find us on Facebook or call (307) 734-8898. To make a reservation inquiry, send an E-mail to reservations@scenic-safaris.com.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Shoulder-Season Values Available for Late-Summer, Fall Houseboating on Lake Mead, Lake Mohave

“SECRET” SHOULDER-SEASON VALUES AVAILABLE FOR LATE-SUMMER, FALL HOUSEBOATING ON LAKE MEAD, LAKE MOHAVE

– With continued warm temperatures and off-season rates, late summer and early fall are great times to get outdoors at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
– “Secret Fall Specials” start at $500 off peak-season rates.
– Every Forever Resorts houseboat comes with private staterooms, spacious living area, outdoor grill and fully equipped kitchen.

 With pleasant temperatures and lots of sun guaranteed through most of October and off-season rates now in effect, late summer and fall present an exceptional occasion to try houseboating at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever Resorts, the National Park Service concessioner that operates rental houseboats at Lake Mead’s Callville Bay Resort and Marina and Lake Mohave’s Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina, is offering a “Secret Fall Special” through Oct. 27, 2017.

Guests who visit that link are directed to call (800) 255-5561 to find out the magnitude of their savings. The specifics of the value offers vary depending upon the size of the houseboat selected and the duration of the trip, but discounts start at $500 and go higher from there.

Houseboating provides an extraordinary way to spend time in the outdoors. Completely climate controlled, houseboats become lake visitors’ comfortable floating home, while affording immersive access to everything the outdoors offers. Guests enjoy private staterooms, spacious living areas, fully equipped kitchens, outdoor barbecue grills and, on the largest models, top-level hot tubs.

Able to accommodate up to 12 passengers while in motion, houseboats are popular with extended families, groups of couples or gatherings of friends. Fishing, riding personal watercraft, hiking, tubing, wakeboarding—or just relaxing on the houseboat’s top-level sundeck with a great book—all become all-day, every day possibilities when guests opt for a houseboat vacation. Each marina also offers small power boats, PWCs and water toys to enhance the experience on the water; Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave also rents kayaks and paddle boards.

“It’s really the best of both worlds—the weather is arguably at its best on these lakes in the fall, and the peak summer travel season is finished so prices drop,” says Rod Taylor, vice president, Forever Resorts. “Vacationers who have the flexibility to travel this time of year are really in for a treat!”

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Southfork Ranch Introduces “A Day on the Ranch,” Full-Day Guest Experience

SOUTHFORK RANCH NOW OFFERS GUESTS AN IMMERSIVE FULL-DAY RANCH
EXPERIENCE

“A Day on the Ranch” Features Horse Education Course, Horseback Trail Ride and Tour of
the World-Famous Ewing Mansion

Time to don your cowboy hat and heave on your riding boots. Southfork Ranch now offers guests the opportunity to experience “The World’s Most Famous Ranch” with an immersive all-day tour of the 357-acre iconic property. The new “Day on the Ranch” package includes a two-hour horse education segment, a relaxing horseback trail ride, a tour of the famous Ewing Mansion, a delicious deli lunch, end of day snack and gift shop credit. The package is perfect for group or family outings and allows guests to enjoy an exclusive, hands-on tour of the legendary North Texas ranch.

Heightened to popularity as the set of the acclaimed, long-running television drama, “Dallas,” Southfork Ranch is one of Texas’ most popular tourist destinations. But, beyond the intrigue of its TV fame, the ranch is a sprawling and serene property that embodies the spirit of Texas – complete with grazing longhorns and rolling green fields. Guests can now spend a full day exploring the wonders of the legendary ranch and its storied history.

The tour begins with an expert-led two-hour horse education program, teaching folks the basics of horse handling and riding. The education program is followed by a relaxing horseback trail ride through the beautifully manicured Southfork grounds and a tour of the famous Ewing Mansion. Lunch and snacks are provided by the property’s onsite restaurant, Ms. Ellie’s Deli, and guests will receive a credit to the onsite gift shop. By the end of the tour, visitors will have experienced Southfork Ranch as if they were tried and true residents of the famed Texas property.

Guests interested in booking the package must be at least 8 years of age, 48 inches tall and not exceed 240 pounds in weight. Closed toe shoes and long pants are required for riding. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Payment is due upon booking and is non-refundable. However, cancellations can be rescheduled if notice is given at least 24 hours in advance.

“A Day on the Ranch” pricing is as follows:
Groups of 2: $230 per person, plus tax
Groups of 3: $170 per person, plus tax
Groups of 4: $135 per person plus tax
Groups of 5: $125 per person plus tax
Groups of 6: $115 per person plus tax

Southfork Ranch is located in Parker, Texas – 30 miles north of Dallas in Collin County.

To reserve a tour, call (972) 442-7800 ext. 215 or email jwilliams@southforkranch.com.

More information about Southfork Ranch can be found here.

ABOUT SOUTHFORK RANCH EVENT & CONFERENCE CENTER
Southfork Ranch, today owned and operated by Forever Resorts, provided the iconic backdrop for the 1978 to 1991 “Dallas” TV series that aired on CBS and in 95 countries around the world, and again from 2012 to 2014 on TNT. Southfork encompasses 357 acres and the recognizable Southfork Mansion, plus the Ranch Roundup Visitor’s Center, Southfork Ranch Event and Conference Center, Lincolns & Longhorns Texas apparel boutique, Miss Ellie’s Deli and manicured grounds replete with peacefully grazing Texas longhorns and American Paint horses.

Premier Camping Sites 45 Minutes from Las Vegas at Lake Mead RV Village

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LAKE MEAD RV VILLAGE OFFERS PREMIER RV SITES, VIEW OF BEAUTIFUL
DESERT LAKE, JUST 45 MINUTES FROM LAS VEGAS

 In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, visitors traveling to Las Vegas via RV this year can explore one of the United States’ most visited national parks, the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Forever ResortsLake Mead RV Village, offers two locations: Boulder Beach, located just 45 minutes from Las Vegas, as well as Echo Bay, located 95 minutes from Las Vegas. Both offer RV travelers magnificent views of the beautiful lake and its varicolored surrounding landscape.

Lake Mead RV Village at Boulder Beach offers Wi-Fi at most sites, a Bocce ball court, horse shoe pits, picnic areas with barbecue grills, 24-hour laundry facility, onsite propane for purchase and a convenience and gift store. Nightly rates include cable TV service and begin at $30 ($45 for lakeview); weekly rates begin at $180 ($240 for lake view) and monthly rates begin at $575 (no lake view sites are available for monthly use and a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Well-behaved pets are welcome. Reservations at Boulder Beach may be made by calling +1 (702) 293-2540.

At Echo Bay, RVs have access to free Wi-Fi, large restroom and shower facilities, free launch ramp, barbecue and fire pit areas, recreation room with a 40-person capacity, 24-hour laundry facility and convenience and gift store. Echo Bay offers the closest overnight RV accommodations to Valley of Fire State Park—home to extraordinary red rock formations and ancient petroglyphs—making it a convenient place to stay before or after an active day of exploration. Nightly rates begin at $28, weekly rates begin at $154 and monthly rates begin at $462 (a six-month maximum length of stay applies). Reservations at Echo Bay can be made via telephone: +1 (702) 394-4000.

In addition to camping, activities available at Lake Mead include boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming, hiking and biking. Black Canyon River Adventures’ smooth-water raft tours depart daily from Lake Mead RV Village and launch just below Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. These five-hour, 12-mile raft trips cost $97 for adults with special pricing for children under 16. Reservations may be made at www.BlackCanyonAdventures.com.  

For boating and kayaking, Forever Resorts’ Willow Beach Harbor, located 23 miles from Lake Mead RV Village, offers a variety of motor boats, canoes and kayaks for hourly or daily rental; hourly boat rentals start at $25 per hour. In addition, bicycle rental shops located near Lake Mead in nearby Boulder City, Nevada, make exploring the park with a scenic bike ride simple.

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ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Exclusive Scenic and Savory Gourmet Houseboat Weekend Near Las Vegas

CULINARY DELIGHTS, NATURAL WONDER AWAIT GUESTS ON FOREVER
RESORTS’ FIRST-EVER “SCENIC AND SAVORY HOUSEBOAT EXCURSION”

Culinary Immersion Weekend Includes Gourmet Meals Prepared by
Las Vegas Chefs Mark Purdy and Tammy Alana

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 In celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, Forever Resorts is introducing the newest iteration of the popular “glamping” phenomenon with its Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion, to be held on Lake Mead April 29 through May 1, 2016.

This exclusive, intimate experience pairs houseboating on Lake Mead’s picturesque blue waters surrounded by varicolored desert landscapes with an immersive culinary weekend presented by two of Las Vegas’ most talented chefs. Guests will be able not only to partake in boating activities, fishing, hiking and plenty of relaxation, but also indulge in the masterful epicurean experiences presented by acclaimed Chef Mark Purdy and Pastry Chef Tammy Alana from Las Vegas’ iconic restaurant, Alizé at the Top of Palms Casino Resort.

Highlights of the weekend’s epicurean itinerary include:

  • Welcome reception served upon check-in at the marina, including charcuterie, cheeses, whole fruit and crackers accompanied by beer and wine.
  • Hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails, with meet-and-greet with the chefs, aboard the top-deck both nights.
  • Beachside clam bake with clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster, sausages, potatoes and corn accompanied by artisan mustards and homemade desserts.
  • Breakfasts with fresh basked biscuits and muffins, fresh fruit, omelets made-to-order, Kona coffee with grappa, Bloody Marys and mimosas.
  • Cooking demonstration and lesson: on Saturday afternoon, learn to prepare stuffed poussin and veal Wellington, both of which will be served on that night’s gala dinner tasting menu. This lavish event will begin with a customary amuse bouche and also include green salad with cucumber torchon and truffle vinaigrette, chilled foie gras terrine, Dover sole Veronique and dessert. Each tasting course will feature a wine pairing and after-dinner drinks will conclude the meal.

The trip includes a two-night, three-day stay aboard one of Forever Resorts’ 70-foot houseboats, departing from Callville Bay Resort and Marina. Houseboats will come equipped with private staterooms, two bathrooms, full kitchens, spacious living areas, satellite television and rooftop sundecks with hot tubs. All meals, snacks and beverages will be expertly prepared by Chefs Purdy and Alana, who will also conduct cooking lessons for participants. In a departure from the typical DIY-style houseboating experience, the Scenic and Savory Excursion includes all meal preparation and clean-up, as well as the marina crew to pilot the boat and tie it down securely so guests can simply kick back and relax.

“We can’t think of a better place to prepare and enjoy our cuisine than while surrounded by the beautiful surroundings the lake provides,” says Chef Purdy. “In fact, we’ve dreamt of creating a culinary adventure that pairs nature’s scenic beauty with amazing fare—and we can’t think of a better place to do so than Lake Mead, which is so conveniently located to Las Vegas. And there’s certainly no better reason to celebrate than our National Park Service’s 100th birthday!”

Limited to just 12 participants, the Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion is priced at $4,110 per person based on double occupancy, all taxes, gratuities and fuel included. To secure the experience as a private event, the cost for up to 12 participants is $42,240. Power boats and personal watercraft are available for rental at an additional charge.

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About Chef Mark Purdy
Chef Mark Purdy began his professional culinary career after graduating from Skidmore College in upstate New York. In 1996, he landed a job as an appetizer cook at the famed Aureole under celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer, where he was exposed to true haute cuisine and world-class service standards. In 1998, Palmer invited him to be the opening executive sous chef at the new Aureole at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Chef Purdy worked tirelessly at the striking $11 million, 375-seat restaurant, which received international acclaim for its cuisine, wine list and dramatic architectural design. Demonstrating a commitment and skill level beyond his years, Palmer then hired Chef Purdy to serve as chef de cuisine at his new Dry Creek Kitchen in the Sonoma wine country. Dry Creek Kitchen was an instant success and he was named Rising Star Chef by the San Francisco Chronicle. Anxious to return to Las Vegas, Chef Purdy was recruited to be chef de cuisine for Alizé at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort, where he says, “I’ve never been so happy in my professional life…not even close.”

About Chef Tammy Alana
After completing pastry school at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California, Chef Tammy Alana began her career at the Bellagio Resort & Casino. Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to the Maccioni family of Le Cirque and Circo, who sought a pastor chef to open their new “off-Strip” venture in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas, Trē. The Maccioni family introduced Alana to Andre Rochat, who was looking for a talented pastry chef to take the helm of pastry creation at Alize at the Top of the Palms Casino Resort. Today, Alana oversees both Michelin star award-winning restaurant’s pastry departments at Alizé at the Top of The Palms and Andre’s at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino. In 2005, Alizé was invited to the James Beard House where Alana prepared the intermezzo, desserts and petit fours to rave reviews.  Also in 2005, she was named as one of Las Vegas’ Rising Star Pastry Chefs by Star Chefs; in 2006, Alana was featured on an episode of “Sugar Rush” on the Food Network.

For more information about the Scenic and Savory houseboat experience, go to http://www.callvillebay.com/scenic-and-savory-houseboat-excursion. To make reservations, call for a personalized houseboat trip consultant at (702) 565-4813.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

ABOUT ALIZÉ AT THE TOP OF PALMS CASINO RESORT
Named after the gentle trade winds that sweep the French Caribbean Islands, Alizé at the Palms Casino Resort features world-class cuisine, service and wine list, boasting the most dramatic view of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Chef and Proprietor André Rochat of the respected and award winning Andre’s Restaurant, opened Alizé – the crown jewel of his culinary empire in 2001 on the top floor of the Palms Casino Resort. Alizé quickly became the talk of the town and has gained notoriety and accolades being named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top new restaurants in the world. Located inside the Palms Casino Resort at 4321 W. Flamingo Road, Alizé is open daily from 5:30 p.m. Find on Facebook, Twitter (@AlizeLV) and Instagram (@AlizeLV).

The Lodge at Bryce Canyon to Remain Open During Winter 2015 – 2016

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“FIND YOUR PARK” ALL WINTER LONG: FOREVER RESORTS’ THE LODGE AT BRYCE CANYON NOW OFFERS LIMITED AVAILABILITY
DURING WINTER MONTHS

Sunset Hotel to Remain Open Nov. 8, 2015, through March 24, 2016

Now you can “Find Your Park” all winter long at Bryce Canyon National Park. For the first time in its history, Forever Resorts’ The Lodge at Bryce Canyon—the only overnight accommodation inside Bryce Canyon National Park—will remain open throughout the winter months, offering rooms at its Sunset Hotel from Nov. 8, 2015, through March 24, 2016. The Lodge will resume its full operations schedule on March 25, 2016.

This winter pilot program coincides with the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary commemoration and will allow guests the chance to discover the magic and majesty of winter at Bryce Canyon National Park. In addition to offering its extraordinary landscape features and giant, natural amphitheater, the park is one of only three United States parks to have been designated an International Dark Skies Park—so winter stargazing is sure to be unforgettable.

Under the call to action, “Find Your Park,” the NPS’s Centennial public awareness campaign invites the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates to discover that a park can be more than a single place. It can be a feeling of inspiration or a sense of community that comes from volunteering. There is a national park in every state, and the National Park Service encourages everyone to find their park and to share their experiences at FindYourPark.org.

All rooms are priced at $120/night for double occupancy with a $10 charge for each additional guest. Rollaway beds and cribs are available (a $12 charge for rollaways applies). Light continental breakfast is included with each room night.

For more information and to book reservations, go to www.BryceCanyonForever.com or call (877) 386-4383.

ABOUT BRYCE CANYON LODGE
Opened in 1925 and designated a National Historic Landmark, The Lodge at Bryce Canyon is the only lodge of that era to remain largely intact. The decor and atmosphere maintains that authenticity while tending to guest’s comfort and needs. The Lodge is ideally located steps from the canyon’s rim and hiking trailheads. Guests are only steps away from scenic viewpoints, fine dining, shopping and park programs.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

 

Scenic Safaris’ Grand Teton Sunset Tour

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SCENIC SAFARIS’ GRAND TETON SUNSET TOUR OFFERS SPECTACULAR PHOTO
OPS, WILDLIFE VIEWING, OPTIONAL WHITEWATER RIVER TRIP

This summer, romantics, shutterbugs and foodies alike can take a Grand Teton Sunset Tour with Scenic Safaris in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Participants enjoy some of the most scenic and historic perspectives of Grand Teton National Park as well as dinner at the tranquil Signal Mountain lodge, offering plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities and photography opportunities along the way. Details follow:

    • The four-hour tour departs from the participant’s hotel between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
    • Transportation is provided in a comfortable, luxury van that accommodates up to 11 people, outfitted with elongated windows for exceptional wildlife and mountain views.
    • The tour travels through the National Elk Refuge en route to Grand Teton National Park, where sightings of bison and antelope are common—guests might even spot an American Bald Eagle, perched atop a tree branch.
    • Stops at Mormon Row and the Shane Cabins provide a glimpse of early settler life in Jackson Hole.
    • Dinner is served at Signal Mountain Lodge’s The Peaks Restaurant, situated against a backdrop of spectacular views of the Grand Teton Range. Ingredients at The Peaks are sustainable, regionally and/or organically grown, raised, caught and produced. Signature dishes include Baked Idaho Trout, Grilled Utah Bone-in Pork Loin Chop, 10-ounce Bison New York Strip Steak, Grilled Wild-Caught Halibut Filet and homemade vegetarian Roasted Garlic Soup.
    • Following dinner, the tour follows Moose-Wilson Road back to Jackson Hole, where prime moose habitat abounds.
    • Binoculars and spotting scopes are provided for guests, who are encouraged to bring their own cameras, sunglasses, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and an extra layer of clothing or light jacket.
    • The cost is $150 per adult, $115 per child.
    • The Grand Teton Sunset Tour can be booked by calling (307) 734-8898.

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In partnership with Mad River Boat Trips, Scenic Safaris offers the Snake River Whitewater/Grand Teton Sunset Tour—an enhanced combination tour that incorporates an exciting, whitewater rafting experience on the mighty Snake River prior to the Grand Teton Sunset Tour. This eight-hour tour includes:

  • Door-to-door hotel transportation, with midday pickup.
  • A half-day rafting excursion down the Grand Canyon of the Snake River. It’s a whitewater trip incorporating rapids as well as smooth-water sections to allow for relaxation and enjoyment of the spectacular scenery.
  • Following the river trip, guests continue on to experience the full Grand Teton Sunset Tour with Scenic Safaris.
  • The cost for this combination tour is $224 per adult, $174 per child; book online at www.mad-river.com and take $10 off with code: BONUS.
  • Reservations for this tour may be made here.

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Note: park entrance fees and guide gratuities are not included in tour prices. A 10 percent gratuity will be automatically added upon reservation for private and group bookings. All tours are subject to change due to weather and snow conditions.

ABOUT SCENIC SAFARIS
Based in Jackson, Wyo., Scenic Safaris offers summer and winter tours in the majestic Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, as well as the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Summer tour options include backcountry ATV tours, wildlife-viewing hikes and tours and fly-fishing trips. In the winter, Scenic Safaris offers guided tours aboard its state-of-the-art snowcoaches and quiet, fuel-efficient snowmobiles. All equipment utilized meets the National Park Service’s newest noise and emission requirements. To ensure each tour offers guests the most informative and enjoyable experience possible, all Scenic Safaris’ tour guides are certified by the National Association for Interpretation and are Wilderness First Responders. For more information on all tour options available, go to www.Scenic-Safaris.com, find us on Facebook or call (307) 734-8898. To make a reservation inquiry, send an E-mail to reservations@scenic-safaris.com.

ABOUT SIGNAL MOUNTAIN LODGE
In the heart of Grand Teton National Park, guests will discover distinctive lakeside lodging at Signal Mountain Lodge. Offering the only lakeside lodging in the park, Signal Mountain provides spectacular views of the Grand Teton Range in every direction. A variety of accommodations are available, from rustic one-room mountain cabins to suite-style accommodations with views and kitchenettes. Adventure and scenic beauty abound in local Jackson Hole and the National Park, while Jackson Lake and the Snake River provide popular water-based activities—fishing, scenic river trips, whitewater rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Guided fishing trips and boat rentals are also available. For more information, visit www.SignalMountainLodge.com or www.Facebook.com/Signal.Mountain.Lodge.

ABOUT MAD RIVER BOAT TRIPS
Mad River Boat Trips is a river outfitter in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Offering whitewater trips and scenic floats daily during summer since 1977, Mad River offers guests extraordinary recreation on the recently designated Wild and Scenic Snake River. The Snake River begins its journey in the rugged backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and gathers water as it heads south toward Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park. The river exits the south end of Jackson Hole through the winding Snake River Canyon, lined with trees and steep granite walls, small alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. It’s on this section of the Snake River where guests travel down a wild and scenic river, which is a rarity in the Rocky Mountains—it’s an experience not to be missed. For more information, visit www.Mad-River.com, www.Facebook.com/MadRiverBoatTrips or follow on Twitter @MadRiverJH.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

Forever Resorts, Guests Support National Parks’ Centennial with Give Back

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FOREVER RESORTS LAUNCHES “FIND YOUR PARK” INITIATIVE IN HONOR OF
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE’S 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Guests Encouraged to Donate $1 for Every Overnight Stay to Support our National Parks

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Scottsdale-based resort operator Forever Resorts announces the “Find Your Park: One Night, One Dollar” initiative. Now available through Dec. 31, 2016, Forever Resorts will encourage guests staying at its overnight accommodations in and adjacent to national parks to earmark $1 per night for non-profit organizations. Funds raised will support improvements to our National Park Service, which celebrates its centennial year in 2016.

Find Your Park is a public awareness campaign that invites the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates to discover that a park can be more than a single place. It can be a feeling of inspiration or a sense of community that comes from volunteering. There is a national park in every state, and the National Park Service is encouraging people to find their park and to share their experiences at FindYourPark.org.

Based on projected occupancy levels across each of Forever Resorts lodges, the “Find Your Park: One Night, One Dollar” campaign has the potential to collect more than $175,000 for organizations that support national parks.

In recent years, Forever Resorts has engaged in $1-per-room-night donations at many of its destinations, including Rocky Mountain Park Inn in Estes Park, Colo., supporting the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy; the Lodge at Bryce Canyon, supporting the National Park Foundation, Inc.; the Badlands Lodge and Badlands Inn, supporting the Badlands National History Association; Chisos Mountains Lodge, supporting the Big Bend Natural History Association and Rock Harbor Lodge in Isle Royale National Park, MI. These efforts have raised more than $527,000 over the past seven years for these non-profit agencies that support the national parks.

“People enjoy supporting causes close to them and we know our guests love our national parks just as much as we do,” says John Schoppmann, executive vice president, Forever Resorts. “We want to make it easy to have a memorable vacation and do something that makes our guests feel good at the same time.”

Forever Resorts’ properties participating in the Find Your Park: One Dollar, One Night campaign include lodges in and surrounding some of the nation’s most scenic and cherished recreational parklands: Badlands Inn and Badlands Lodge at Badlands National Park, South Dakota; Lodge at Bryce Canyon in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah; Chisos Mountains Lodge at Big Bend National Park, Texas; Cottonwood Cove Marina at Lake Mohave in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada; Grand Canyon Lodge – North Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Mammoth Cave Hotel in Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky; Rocky Mountain Park Inn outside Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; and Signal Mountain Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

For more information and to book reservations, go to www.ForeverResorts.com.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts, and follow us on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

 

MAD RIVER RAFTING TOURS JACKSON HOLE BEGIN MAY 16 FOR THE 2015 SEASON

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MAD RIVER RAFTING TOURS JACKSON HOLE BEGIN MAY 16 FOR THE 2015 SEASON

Roster of Tours Includes Whitewater and Scenic Float Experiences, Something for Everyone Ages 4 to 104

Departing just two miles south of the town square in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Mad River Boat Trips offer signature whitewater rafting adventures as well as relaxing, scenic float trips, meaning just about anyone can enjoy exciting Snake River recreation experiences this season. Beginning May 16 and running through Sept. 27, the outfitter offers a roster of river trips ranging from tranquil to wild and exhilarating, great for families, couples and groups of all kinds. Even wedding parties are swapping out the traditional post-wedding day brunch for a memorable group river trip on the mighty Snake River.

Two new early- and late-season specialty trips, available May 31 – June 26 and again Aug. 23 – Sept. 7, give riders more leisurely time on the river than typical tours. Recommended for ages 6 and older, the Snake River Half-Day Tours (5 hours door-to-door) and Snake River Full-Day Tours (8 hours door-to-door) take the classic Snake River whitewater trip and pause for a Dutch Oven chili lunch at Mad River’s exclusive Blind Canyon river access. The chili comes with cornbread, Dutch Oven cobbler for dessert and hot and cold beverages. Vegetarian guests may be accommodated with advance notice. The relaxing time spent riverside on this adventure sets it apart from all other Mad River trips—guests can read a book, play outdoor games, roast marshmallows or simply unwind while waiting for lunch to be served. The full-day trip launches at 8:30 a.m. daily and costs $99 per adult and $79 per child; the half-day trip launches at 10:30 a.m. daily and costs $89 per adult and $79 per child. Check in is required 30 minutes in advance of launch time.

Other specialty trips available in the 2015 season, include:

Snake River Whitewater/National Park Sunset Wildlife Tour
See some bison and catch some rapids on this classic whitewater experience down the Grand Canyon of the Snake River. In addition, guests will roam the Antelope Flats in search of bison, elk, moose, bald eagles, coyotes, antelope and more. Stop for dinner on the deck of Signal Mountain Lodge while marveling at the spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range. After dinner, head back to Jackson along the wooded Moose-Wilson road, home to North American moose and other wildlife. This tour is 8 hours door-to-door, departs daily at noon and costs $219 per adult and $175 per child.

Backcountry Horseback Ride/Small Boats Whitewater Tour
From the back of a well-mannered and mountain-wise horse, view the majestic Gros Ventre Wilderness and breathtaking views of the Teton Mountain Range. Enjoy a serene perspective on the Snake River while keeping eyes open for wildlife in its natural habitat. Next, board a small boat for a wild ride and thrilling whitewater on the Snake River. Passengers on the 8-person small boats are sure to get wet, no matter where they sit, but it’ll be a ride not soon forgotten. This tour is 7 hours door-to-door, departs daily at 9 a.m. and costs $147 per adult and $137 per child.

Different tours have different dates of availability throughout the season. To check schedules and make reservations, go to www.Mad-River.com or call (800) 458-7238.

ABOUT MAD RIVER BOAT TRIPS
Mad River Boat Trips is a river outfitter in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Offering whitewater trips and scenic floats daily during summer since 1977, Mad River offers guests extraordinary recreation on the recently designated Wild and Scenic Snake River. The Snake River begins its journey in the rugged backcountry of Yellowstone National Park and gathers water as it heads south toward Jackson Hole through Grand Teton National Park. The river exits the south end of Jackson Hole through the winding Snake River Canyon, lined with trees and steep granite walls, small alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. It’s on this section of the Snake River where guests travel down a wild and scenic river, which is a rarity in the Rocky Mountains—it’s an experience not to be missed. For more information, visit www.Mad-River.comwww.Facebook.com/MadRiverBoatTrips or follow on Twitter @MadRiverJH.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.comwww.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter: @ForeverResorts.

 

Southfork Ranch Presents “A Southfork Christmas,” Nov. 28 – Dec. 20

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SOUTHFORK RANCH PRESENTS “A SOUTHFORK CHRISTMAS,” A TEXAS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION FOR ALL AGES, NOV. 28 THROUGH DEC. 20

Holiday Extravaganza Featuring Decorative Displays, Live Music, Santa’s Village and More to Be Held Friday and Saturday Nights, 5 to 8 p.m.

The iconic Southfork Ranch of TV’s “Dallas” series fame will present its second annual “A Southfork Christmas” on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. this holiday season. The event, which will feature tours of the Ewing Mansion, themed displays, stagecoach rides for children and a live animal manger and more, begins Friday, Nov. 28 and runs through Saturday, Dec. 20. A Southfork Christmas is appropriate for all ages.

Additional activities include at A Southfork Christmas include:

  • Appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus and Happy the Elf in the Santa’s Village
  • Face painting
  • Cookie decorating
  • Scenes from iconic Christmas movies
  • Letter-writing to Santa
  • Live Texas “Reinsteer”
  • Toys for Tots collection (guests encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift to donate)
  • Pet photos with Santa on Saturdays throughout the event

Scheduled live entertainment includes:

  • Friday, Nov. 28: Jake and Elwood Blues from “Briefcase Blues,” a tribute to the Blues Brothers with the Texas Bluesmobile
  • Friday, Dec. 5: Cherish Lee (daughter of “Dallas” star Charlene Tilton) and Matt Dunn perform country and classic Christmas tunes
  • Friday, Dec. 12: “Cowboy Christmas” Yancey, Singing Cowboy and s’mores over an open fire

Tickets for A Southfork Christmas are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children (ages 6-12) and free for children under 6. Call (972) 442-7800 for group pricing.

ABOUT SOUTHFORK RANCH
Southfork Ranch provided the iconic backdrop for the 1978 to 1991 “Dallas” TV series that aired on CBS and in 95 countries around the world.  Today, it is once again an iconic part of the new “Dallas” series. Southfork encompasses 340 acres and the recognizable Southfork Mansion, plus the Ranch Roundup Visitor’s Center, Southfork Ranch Event and Conference Center, Lincolns & Longhorns Texas apparel boutique, Miss Ellie’s Deli and manicured grounds replete with peacefully grazing Texas longhorns and American Paint horses.

Southfork is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.), except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day.  Tours depart the Visitor’s Center every 30 to 45 minutes and run continuously throughout the day.  The last guided tour of the day begins at 4:30 p.m. daily (2:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve).  Chuckwagon barbecue dinners may be arranged for groups of 20 or more.  Admission rates are $13.50 for adults, $11.50 for senior citizens, $8.50 for children 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under.  Prices are exclusive of applicable tax.  To inquire about group tour bookings, call (972) 442-7800.  For more information, go to www.Southfork.com or www.Facebook.com/Southfork.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world.  The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures.  For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com or www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts.

 

Pleasure Cove Marina Named No. 1 Family-Friendly Spot for Fishing and Boating

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PLEASURE COVE MARINA ON NAPA’S LAKE BERRYESSA NAMED NO. 1 MOST FAMILY-FRIENDLY FISHING AND BOATING SPOT
IN THE UNITED STATES

Forever Resorts’ Picturesque Marina Tops TakeMeFishing.org’s List

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF)  website, TakeMeFishing.org, has named Forever Resorts’ Pleasure Cove Resort and Marina the nation’s No. 1 Family-Friendly Spot for Fishing and Boating. The destination, located on Lake Berryessa near Napa, Calif., topped the organization’s list of 100 of the best places to boat and fish in the United States.

Anglers from around the United States cast their votes and named these parks the locations of the best fishing spots. Destinations that made the list demonstrated some or all of the following qualities:

  • Family-friendly location within an hour’s drive of a major city or town, so they are easily accessible.
  • Offer public body of water that is known for having plenty of common fish species such as bass, crappy, bluegill and trout.
  • Part of a park that also offers amenities families need like parking, restrooms, playgrounds, picnic areas or campgrounds.
  • Plenty of places to cast a line, like a fishing pier, or has boat ramps to allow you to reach other areas on your boat.
  • Recommended by other anglers.

Nestled between the Blue Ridge and Cedar Roughs, just 45 minutes from Napa Valley, Lake Berryessa is an ideal location for your Forever Houseboat getaway. Mild temperatures in the summer make it perfect for water sports, fishing, camping, wildlife viewing or just simply sitting back and releasing the cares of the everyday.

Round out the Forever Houseboat vacation with a watercraft rental from Pleasure Cove Marina. Ski boats and deck cruisers are the perfect compliment for sightseeing excursions, pulling water skis and tubes, or grabbing the catch of the day at dawn. Personal watercraft and boat slip rentals, as well as a convenience store, are also features of Pleasure Cove Marina.

In addition to houseboats for rent, Pleasure Cove Marina offers both tent and RV campsites, as well as cabins that sleep two, four, eight and 10 people. Picnicking, horseback riding and hiking are other activities that may be enjoyed nearby.

For more information about Pleasure Cove Marina, go to www.GoBerryessa.com or call (877) 386-4383 for cabin or campsite rentals and (800) 255-5561 for houseboat rentals.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS
Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For 30 years, Forever Resorts has provided custom-built rental houseboats for use at numerous lake and national park destinations across the United States. Houseboats are manufactured in a variety of sizes and amenities and contain environmental features such as energy-efficient or LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, zero water discharge into the surrounding body of water, carbon-monoxide reduction through the use of SafeCO™ generators and the most fuel-efficient engines available, along with solar-enhanced electric systems. Boats also include carpeting and cabinet tops made from recycled materials. All Forever Houseboats in the fleet are National Marine Manufacturing Association certified and built to ABYC and U.S. Coast Guard specifications. For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

Exclusive Wedding Package Featuring Luxury Houseboat, Legendary Butte Canyon

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LUXURY HOUSEBOAT, LEGENDARY BUTTE COMBINE FOR ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE WEDDING PACKAGE AT SPECTACULAR LAKE POWELL

“Sky and Water Enchantment” Package Includes Private Helicopter Transport by The Papillon Group, Navajo Ceremony Atop Tower Butte, Candlelit Reception Dinner on Beach, Luxury Forever Resorts Houseboat Honeymoon

Newly available in 2014: “Sky and Water Enchantment,” an exceptional wedding and honeymoon experience at Lake Powell, one of the United States’ most extraordinary destinations.* This all-inclusive package presented by The Papillon Group and Forever Resorts includes an exclusive wedding ceremony atop Lake Powell’s majestic Tower Butte; a candlelit beach reception for themselves plus up to 18 guests; and a seven-day honeymoon aboard a luxury Forever Resorts houseboat.

Brides and grooms who select “Sky and Water Enchantment” will receive:

  • Roundtrip air travel aboard a private chartered Scenic Airlines plane for themselves and up to 18 guests from Las Vegas or Phoenix to Page, Ariz.
  • Private Papillon EC-130 helicopter flights for entire wedding party from Page Municipal Airport to the top of Tower Butte. En route to this marvel of Mother Nature, guests will fly through the otherworldly beauty of the region’s sculptural red rock formations—part of a landscape that has long been held sacred by the people of the Navajo Nation. Rising to 5,282 feet, Tower Butte is inaccessible by foot; helicopter is the only method of transport allowing visitors to experience its awe-inspiring 360-degree views.
  • Wedding ceremony conducted by the wedding authority of the couple’s choosing.
  • Helicopter flights from Tower Butte to Antelope Point Marina at Lake Powell.
  • Power boat transfers for the wedding party to a private, secluded cove on Lake Powell for a candlelit reception on the beach.
  • Sit-down, gourmet dinner on the beach served by wait staff clad in tuxedos on white linen-draped tables. Includes premium open bar, couple’s choice of floral, custom-designed wedding cake, Champagne toast, live band and breathtaking views of the stars.
  • Seven-day accommodations for bride and groom aboard Forever Resorts luxury 75-foot XTreme houseboat—it’s like a luxury condominium on the water. The 75-foot XTreme comes complete with six private staterooms, two and a half bathrooms, 7-person hot tub on the top deck, water slide, fully equipped kitchen, all linens, flying bridge with wet bar, flat-screen TVs with DirecTV satellite service, gas barbecue grill and more.
  • Seven-day accommodations for wedding party aboard 60-foot Eagle houseboats. Each 60-foot Eagle houseboat includes four private staterooms, one and a half bathrooms, flying bridge with wet bar, water slide, fully equipped kitchen, all linens, TV/DVD players with satellite service, gas barbecue grill and more.
  • Each houseboat will be stocked with groceries, beverages and ice for the week. Alcoholic beverages and specialty items may be added to the order at the time of booking.
  • Finally, all guests will return via powerboat to Antelope Point Marina. Following coach transfers to Page Municipal Airport, they will board a private chartered Scenic Airlines plane for the return trip home.

The price for this extraordinary wedding experience starts at $50,000. Other wedding options at Tower Butte and Antelope Point Marina are available. To inquire about this package, call (800) 255-5561. For further information about booking Forever Resorts houseboats vacations, go to www.ForeverResorts.com.

*Special events, including weddings, in any tribal park boundary, require a Special Use Permit from the park where the event will take place. For Tower Butte, the completed application to request for a permit for a wedding should be submitted to Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park in person or via email to emyazzie@navajonationparks.org. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing. Applications and information regarding processing fees are available online; please go to www.NavajoNationParks.org and click on “Permits and Services.” 

ABOUT FOREVER HOUSEBOATS Forever Resorts houseboats provide a perfect base for family vacations, multi-generational gatherings, reunions and getaways for groups of friends traveling together.  Each Forever Resorts houseboat comes luxuriously equipped with open and spacious living areas featuring, fully equipped kitchens, dining tables and chairs, breakfast counters, wet bars, top-deck sun canopies, private staterooms, swimming platforms, waterslides, outdoor barbecue grills and sleep eight to 12 passengers. In addition, top-deck hot tubs are offered on the largest Forever Resorts houseboat models. Also available for rental:  ski boats, wakeboards, fishing boats and personal watercraft that enable houseboaters to take full advantage of the recreational opportunities these lakes offer.

Destinations served by Forever Houseboats include some of the nation’s most scenic lakes: Antelope Point Marina (Lake Powell, Ariz.); Pleasure Cove Marina (Lake Berryessa, near Napa, Calif.), Lake Oroville Marina (75 miles north of Sacramento), Lake Don Pedro Marina (east of Modesto, Calif.), Trinity Lake Resorts & Marina in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest (near Redding, Calif.); Callville Bay Resort & Marina (Lake Mead, Nev.) and Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina (Lake Mohave, Nev.).

Operational training and a personal orientation by skilled marina staff teaches renters how to pilot, dock and beach a houseboat, as well as the boating safety rules of the lake.

ABOUT FOREVER RESORTS

Forever Resorts is an exceptional collection of destinations providing hospitality services throughout the world. The company focuses on properties with access to nature and one-of-a-kind surroundings for vacations, including houseboating adventures. For 30 years, Forever Resorts has provided custom-built luxury rental houseboats for use at numerous lake and national park destinations across the United States. Its manufacturing facility Fun Country Marine Industries located in Muncie, Ind. builds and maintains the Forever Resort fleet.  Houseboats are manufactured in a variety of sizes and amenities and contain environmental features such as energy-efficient or LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, zero water discharge into the surrounding body of water, carbon-monoxide reduction through the use of SafeCO™ generators and the most fuel-efficient engines available, along with solar-enhanced electric systems. Boats built by Fun Country also include carpeting and cabinet tops made from recycled materials. All Forever Houseboats in the fleet are National Marine Manufacturing Association certified and built to ABYC and U.S. Coast Guard specifications For more information, go to www.ForeverResorts.com, www.Facebook.com/ForeverResorts or follow on Twitter @ForeverResorts.

ABOUT ANTELOPE POINT MARINA

Antelope Point Marina is a unique partnership between the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service offering first-class service to this world renowned destination on Lake Powell. Combining the culture of the Navajo people and the recreational opportunities on Lake Powell, Antelope Point Marina has become the preferred marina on Lake Powell to embark on an unforgettable vacation. Antelope Point Marina is owned and operated by Antelope Point Holdings, LLC, an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and a lessee of the Navajo Nation.