Visit Bucks County Surprises Washington, D.C.
with Free ‘Ice Cream Trail’ Treats
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 24, 2018) – “Hump Day” just got a little sweeter! Visit Bucks County, the official tourism promotion agency of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, surprised passersby in Washington, D.C. with 3,000 pieces of free ice cream on Wednesday, May 23rd to promote the ‘Bucks County Ice Cream Trail’ and summer getaways to the area.
A custom-wrapped ice cream truck bearing the Ice Cream Trail design was stationed in Franklin Square Park, a busy public space with food trucks downtown, from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. VBC staff had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with D.C. locals and distribute the Spring/Summer issue of our food and beverage magazine Well Seasoned, and a copy of our brand-new destination brochure. The sweet treats were: Vanilla dipped in Dark Chocolate bars from Owowcow, Caramel and Sea Salt dipped in Dark Chocolate bars from Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream and Ice Cream Sandwiches from Goodnoe’s Farm Dairy Bar.
“We promoted all there is to see and do in Bucks County to Washington, D.C. residents,” says Paul Bencivengo, Vice President of Visit Bucks County, “Our spot on the square was surrounded by corporate offices as well as residential. By targeting the mid-week lunch rush, we were able to successfully interact with thousands of potential visitors to our area. Best of all, the D.C. crowd was very friendly and engaging. The free ice cream was a great ice breaker!”
Those that stopped by had a chance to win tickets to a Bucks County attraction or $25 gas gift card by spinning a prize wheel. Prizes included nearly 100 admissions to various Bucks County locations: Aldie Mansion, Bucks County Children’s Museum, Ghost Tours of New Hope, James A. Michener Art Museum, Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle, Moravian Pottery & Tile Works, and The Washington House Hotel.
More information on the Bucks County Ice Cream Trail can be found on our website: www.visitbuckscounty.com/restaurants/planning-ideas/best-ice-cream-in-bucks-county
What’s New in Baltimore
Baltimore continues to buzz, starting 2018 off with a #15 ranking on the New York Times’ annual “52 Places to Go” list. The recent opening of Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre hotel located in the heart of Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, is evidence that the city’s neighborhood renaissance is growing. Here are a few of the newest additions to Charm City’s tourism offerings and the thematic storylines shaping authentic visitor experiences.
Buzzing Beer Scene
Charm City's sudsy past dates back to 1748, when a German immigrant by the name of John Leonard Barnitz established the city's first brewery. It was on the floor of this brewery that Mary Pickersgill sewed the stars upon the star-spangled banner, which flew above Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. Another famous brew, National Bohemian Beer, was first brewed in Baltimore in 1885. Today, its winking, mustachioed mascot, lovingly called “Natty Boh” by the locals, still sits atop the historic “Natty Boh Tower” in Baltimore’s Brewers Hill neighborhood. Baltimore’s beer scene is rapidly growing and 2018 additions to the local scene make it a must-see destination for craft beer lovers.
- The highly anticipated Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House will be the first Guinness presence on U.S. soil since 1954, and the first ever purpose-built Guinness brewery in American history. The full brewing facility will open before the end of 2018, and The Test Taproom, a small onsite bar, is already open to the public.
- Slated to gradually open throughout the summer, UNION Collective is a curated assembly of independently-owned, Baltimore-based businesses set under one roof and anchored by one of Baltimore’s favorite beermakers – UNION Craft Brewing Co. The 10.5 acres of warehouse space will include local hot sauce brand Huckle’s, Baltimore Whiskey Company, The Charmery ice cream, Vent Coffee Roasters, Well-Crafted Pizza, Earth Treks climbing gym and more.
- Mt. Vernon’s new Hotel Revival has partnered with Baltimore brewers and makers including Peabody Heights Brewery to create an authentically local experience. At Executive Chef Wilbur Cox’s year-round rooftop restaurant Topside, diners can sip on Thirstay, a specialty brew crafted by Peabody Heights. Topside emphasizes unique beers, with 13 taps and more than 60 bottles and cans, as an ode to the strength of the Maryland craft beer movement.
Emerging Arts Scene
Charm City’s reinvigoration begins with Baltimore’s millennial boom - with young minds come new visions, ideas and creativity. Thanks to this new generation of emerging artists, makers and designers (boosted by the fact that Baltimore is home to the Maryland Institute of Creative Arts (MICA), one of the best art schools in the country), as well as world-renowned museums and galleries, the city’s art scene is flourishing.
- Upcoming must-see exhibits include the Baltimore Museum of Art’s John Waters: Indecent Exposure, the first major retrospective of the Baltimore native and uncompromising cultural force’s work (October 7, 2018 – January 6, 2019), and Mark Bradford: Tomorrow Is Another Day, a progression of abstract installations and canvases that served as Bradford’s exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale (September 23, 2018 through March 3, 2019).
- The opening day of Jewish Museum of Maryland’s Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini (June 24, 2018 – January 21, 2019) will be marked by a recreation of Houdini’s 1916 Baltimore stunt, in which an escape artist will break free from a straitjacket while suspended upside down from a 50-foot crane.
- On display now at The Walters Art Museum, Crowning Glory: Art of the Americas is an intimate exhibit exploring the art of Central and South American cultures, between 900 BCE and the 16th century. The exhibition includes work from Incans and Mayans, as well as from lesser-known civilizations such as the Jama-Coaque of Ecuador and Nasca of Peru. Crowning Glory is on view through October 7.
- Year-round, local artists and makers are working and showcasing their creations at spots such as Motor House, a non-profit theater, performance space, music venue, art gallery, studio space and arts hub. Its bar & café, Showroom, recently opened on the first floor of the building, in a space that was formerly Baltimore's first Ford dealership built in 1914.
- Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower provides studio spaces for visual and literary artists, who open their doors weekly for visitors and events.
Baltimore’s Black Chefs
Baltimore has long been an epicenter of Black culture and heritage, and the recent increase of Black-owned restaurants in the city further demonstrates the importance of the city’s African-American legacy. The following restaurants led by Black chefs are bringing a contemporary take on soul food to Charm City’s culinary scene:
- Ida B’s Table: This downtown restaurant, affiliated with local journalism nonprofit The Real News Network, is a mixture of classic 19th century design and modern comfort, reflecting the historical era and contemporary impact of its namesake, pioneering editor and activist Ida B. Wells. Chef David Thomas offers a new comfort food concept, with dishes like catfish Reuben and short ribs in bourbon gravy, and a cocktail program spearheaded by Drinkable Genius guru Chelsea Gregoire.
- Connie’s Chicken & Waffles: Khari and Shawn Parker’s restaurant, with locations in Lexington Market and downtown Baltimore, was inspired by memories of childhood home-cooked meals by their mother, Connie. Connie’s also gives back to the community by supporting causes related to financial literacy, STEM and community empowerment.
- To keep up with the growing demand for vegan and vegetarian options, The Land of Kush, a mainstay for vegan dishes in Baltimore, will open a second location near Johns Hopkins Hospital in early summer 2018. Land of Kush is known for its vegan soul food options such as BBQ "ribs," curry "chicken," vegan crab cakes and sides of baked mac & cheese and cornbread. The owners of Land of Kush also organize the annual Vegan Soulfest, celebrating its fifth anniversary this summer, and Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week, which launched in 2017.
The draw of Baltimore’s culinary scene is no secret – Zagat named it one of the most exciting food cities in America. New restaurants, concepts and food experiences are popping up across the city, making this a must-visit destination for the culinary traveler.
- Italian Disco, a new pizzeria and restaurant, opens its doors to the public in Baltimore’s historic Bagby Building this spring. Located in Harbor East, the restaurant features a food menu designed by Julian Marucci, recognized as one of America’s Best Chefs. Italian Disco will also offer 36 beers on draft.
- Charm City Food Tours has launched a new Mt. Vernon Food Tour. Starting from the Washington Monument, participants will experience the rich history of this area while stopping to enjoy a variety of bites and drinks, like Chesapeake crab inspired dishes, handmade pastas and local craft beers, from longstanding Baltimore institutions.
- Sandlot, the waterfront bar, eatery and recreation yard by James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, reopens for the season in May. Next door, Karma Farm will build a hydroponic greenhouse and two hoop houses to grow vegetables for area restaurants and residents year-round.
Summer Festivals & Outdoor Concerts
There’s nothing better than spending a warm summer evening outside with friends, enjoying live music with food and drink in hand. Here’s a sampling of the free outdoor concerts and festivals around town this summer:
- Honfest, June 9-10, honors all things “Bawlmer,” particularly the working women who made Charm City what it is. The event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, features entertainment, local vendors and best of all – women, men, children and pets decked out in their most outrageous retro looks.
- Live merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaetón, mariachi and more will fill Patterson Park June 24 and 25 for the 27th annual LatinoFest. This celebration of Hispanic culture, music and art will include salsa dancing, the hottest Latino DJs, arts and crafts, Latino cuisine and family activities like face-painting, clowns and rock-climbing walls.
- From July 20-22, thousands of visitors will flock to Artscape, the nation’s largest free outdoor arts festival featuring 150+ fine artists, craftspeople and fashion designers.
- WTMD’s First Thursdays: From May through September, the first Thursday of the month features free concerts showcasing local and national acts, rain or shine, at the Canton Waterfront Park starting at 5:30 p.m.
- The Patterson Park Concert Series will host seven free, family-friendly concerts throughout the summer, with local and regional acts performing everything from Americana and psychedelic rock to hip hop and Latin.
Baltimore is home to the Ravens and Orioles, plus Under Armour’s headquarters. With the city’s rich sports history and legacy of producing legendary athletes (like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps), it’s no surprise Charm City has a variety of wellness options to keep visitors in step.
- The Movement Lab: Located on the second level of R. House, Movement Body Lab is an epic wellness and fitness space featuring aerial yoga, dance, meditation and martial arts classes. They also have kid and family classes such as the “Fazafam Family Jam,” “Youth Hip Hop” and “Antigravity Just for Kids.” The studio’s drop-in passes offer a $7 minimum donation-based option.
- Waterfront Wellness: Every summer, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore offers free fitness classes four days a week. From May through September, gather along the Inner Harbor at West Shore Park and Pierce’s Park for a choice of dance, boot camp, barre, yoga or high intensity classes.
- Light Street Cycles: See Baltimore up close and personal with Light Street Cycles. The company offers five guided bike tours, with something for everyone: The Gwynn’s Falls Trail, The Waterfront Tour, Jones Falls Trail, The B&O and Historic Sites Tour and The Waterfront Smoothie Tour. Visitors can also utilize the city’s Bike Share to explore on their own.
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Resorts Casino Hotel Celebrates 40-year Anniversary
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – May 21, 2018 – The newly renovated Resorts Casino Hotel and high technology conference center, will celebrate its 40-year anniversary the weekend of May 25 – 27, 2018 in a fitting tribute to Atlantic City’s first casino hotel. Guests will have the chance to experience the reenactment of the very first roll of the dice at 5:15 p.m. on Friday on the floor of the casino recalling the moment when gaming arose on the East Coast.
The celebration will include giveaways, games, popular cocktails from the late-1970s served at Bar One and disco music entertainment, along with the annual Beach Ball Drop, where thousands of beach balls are let out along the Atlantic City boardwalk. Guests are welcome to test their luck and take a pull on Atlantic City’s first slot machine between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Saturday in for an opportunity to win up to $2,500 in slot cash. In the evening, Resorts’ Superstar Theater features Village People on stage at 8:00 p.m. performing their iconic hits “Macho Man” and “Y.M.C.A.” To end the weekend on Sunday evening, guests will enjoy a spectacular beachfront firework display at 9:00 p.m.
All summer through August 30, Resorts Casino Hotel will host “Throwback Thursdays” at Bar One from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each week, serving themed cocktails paired with popular music from the late-1970s. Guests can also check out historical photos and play trivia contests for the chance to win impressive giveaways. As a bonus, guests who present an old ticket stub from a past concert at Resorts promotions booth will be eligible to win a special anniversary prize.
Resorts Casino Hotel is proud to have provided enjoyable and memorable experiences for individual and group guests for 40 years. Ocean Tower has been a guest favorite since the property opened as Atlantic City’s first casino in 1978. Newly renovated, the Ocean Tower’s 480 rooms, include 112 junior suits, 14 parlor suites, and one Presidential suite—the largest guest rooms in Atlantic City, all inspired by a tropical theme to give a beachside feel. The rooms include free in-room Wi-Fi, LCD televisions, a refrigerator, a laptop sized safe, iron and ironing board and a coffee/tea maker. Connecting rooms are also available.
Guest rooms, meeting rooms, restaurants, and outdoor venues have all been updated to welcome modern-day guests. Included in the renovations was the addition of the Jimmy Buffett-themed Margaritaville entertainment complex and a state-of-the-art conference center, which opened in 2015. With its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, Resorts offers mesmerizing views of the beach and its world-famous boardwalk.
The new, high-technology Resorts Conference Center adds to the hotel’s 64,000 feet of meeting space, with 25 function and meeting rooms (14 of which have natural light and ocean views), four ballrooms and a multi-purpose showroom. The largest ballroom can fit up to 850 people and up to one hundred 8’ by 10’ exhibits or eighty 10’ by 10’ exhibits. Two theaters offer seating for 300 or 1,350 people with state-of-the-art sound and light technology. With a peak room block of 450 rooms, Resorts Casino Hotel provides up to 140 square feet of meeting and function space per guest room, which is nearly twice that of a typical conference hotel (usually about 80 square feet per guest room).
Resorts’ All-inclusive Meeting Packages is an exclusive group meeting option in Atlantic City, available from Sunday's to Thursday's from $219 per person (double) or $259 (single). Price varies by season and includes spacious upgraded guest rooms, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, Wi-Fi in meeting rooms and guestrooms, audio-visual, parking, all taxes, gratuities, resort fees and meeting room rental, as well as three meals per day in a variety of award-winning restaurants on site, such as Capriccio Italian Restaurant, Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Gallagher’s Burger Bar, and EastWind Chinese Restaurant & Noodle Bar. Landshark Bar & Grill offers an instant theme party to any group dining event at Atlantic City’s only beach bar. To book a meeting or event at Resorts Casino Hotel, call (609) 340-7850 or visit www.meetatresorts.com.
ABOUT RESORTS CASINO HOTEL
Resorts Casino Hotel brought gaming to Atlantic City in 1978 and is at the top of its game today, with the opening of the new technologically advanced Resorts Conference Center. Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment assumed management of Resorts Casino Hotel in fall 2012 – a move that has set the stage for its return as the most exciting gaming destination in Atlantic City. Boasting a prime location spanning 11 acres at the northern end of the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk, the resort features 942 guest rooms and suites in two hotel towers, an 80,000 square-foot casino, ten restaurants, a food court featuring five eateries, two VIP slot and table player lounges, a casino bar, indoor-outdoor swimming pool, health club and spa, salon, and retail shops. Its 64,000+ square feet of sophisticated meeting space includes 24 meeting rooms, four ballrooms, two theaters and the Tower Conference Level with spectacular views of the Atlantic City skyline and Atlantic Ocean. For more information on Resorts Casino Hotel visit www.ResortsAC.com or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/resortscasino or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/resortscasino.
Office: (609) 340-7620
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