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Convergence Station

Meow Wolf, an immersive arts and entertainment company, announced today the highly-anticipated theme and opening date for its third permanent installation: Convergence Station will be coming to Denver September 17, with tickets on sale HERE.

Convergence Station is the first stop on a quantum journey of exploration and discovery as passengers traverse new worlds, and like all Meow Wolf locations, labyrinthine mysteries beckon from its vibrant walls, portals, and wormholes.

Twenty-five years ago, a freak cosmic event merged four worlds from different universes, erasing the memories of all residents and spawning the mystifying disappearances of four women. The Quantum Department of Transportation serves as the gateway to these diverse worlds: kaleidoscopic cathedrals, Corinthian catacombs, lush alien habitats, and dazzling and gritty cityscapes. In this hotbed of interplanetary cohabitation, memories serve as both currency and the key to unlocking the story behind the women’s disappearances and cause of the convergence–as do multimedia clues that reveal themselves to all of the senses.

“Denver’s art scene is active and vibrant, making it the perfect place for our next exhibition,” said Chadney Everett, Executive Creative Director of Meow Wolf Denver. “Convergence Station is Meow Wolf’s third permanent immersive experience, and it will truly change the way you look at art. This exhibition is unlike anything you’ve ever seen…from The Swamp to The Cathedral – there’s a strong narrative to be uncovered should you choose, alongside truly mind-bending art from the many talented creatives that have worked so hard to bring the vision to life. We can’t wait for everyone to explore.”

Meow Wolf has worked with 110+ Colorado-based collaborating artists and more than 200 internal artists for over three years to bring the 79 unique projects within Convergence Station to life. These muralists, sculptors, fiber artists, and technologists to name a few have come together to create a one-of-a-kind installation that will leave visitors appreciating what it really means to be immersed in a narrative. Notable collaborating artists working on this project include Kalyn Heffernan, Christopher Nelson, Everything is Terrible!, Molina Speaks, Sofie Birkin, along with Moment Factory and many others.

An evolving hive of creativity, Meow Wolf has been creating experiences that challenge the perception of reality, with three locations to explore in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and soon Denver. Backed by top creators like Games of Thrones’ George R.R. Martin, Meow Wolf is recognized globally as a leader in the immersive space and was ranked on Fast Company’s 2020 list of the ‘World’s Most Innovative Companies’, and awarded the #1 spot for Live Events. Following the success of their flagship location in Santa Fe, the arts and entertainment company launched their second permanent exhibition in Las Vegas in February this year which was an instant success, selling 516,899 tickets to date.

Opening on September 17th, Convergence Station will be open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 10:00 am until 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Hours are subject to change.

Tickets are available for pre-purchase for $45 for General Admission ($40 Children / Seniors / Military), and $35 for Colorado Residents. Visitors are required to pre-book a time slot for entry.

About Meow Wolf

Recognized in Fast Company’s 2020 list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Meow Wolf is a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company that creates immersive, interactive experiences to transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. The company’s first location in Santa Fe opened in 2016 and showcases the THEA Award-winning, international sensation, House Of Eternal Return, where two million visitors have now discovered a multidimensional mystery house with secret passages, portals to magical worlds, and surreal, maximalist and mesmerizing art exhibits. In 2019, Meow Wolf expanded beyond Santa Fe and opened Kaleidoscape, the world’s first artist-driven ride at Elitch Gardens in Denver. Meow Wolf recently opened their second permanent installation, Omega Mart, at AREA15 in Las Vegas and their third permanent installation in Denver is slated to open September 17, 2021. Meow Wolf is proud to be the only certified B-Corporation in the themed entertainment industry, with a team dedicated to social impact and building a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

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Redmont Hotel

The Redmont Hotel, a historic hotel property in Birmingham, Alabama, and part of Curio Collection by Hilton has selected Rebel Hospitality to engage in hotel management services.   

Rebel Hospitality, a leader in the hotel management of independent and soft branded lifestyle properties, offers a progressive new management option that aligns owners’ interests with operational excellence to deliver enhanced guest experiences and peak financial performance. Rebel’s growing portfolio of managed properties includes hotels in destination and gateway markets throughout the United States. 

“As Rebel Hospitality continues its rapid growth, we are proud to be chosen to manage The Redmont Hotel, one of the preeminent properties and top-rated hotels in the vibrant destination of Birmingham,” said Brian Sparacino, President, and CEO of Rebel Hospitality. “With our experienced operations team, we look forward to engaging with this exciting property that features beautiful historical architecture, well-appointed modern guest rooms, and the best rooftop bars in the city with stunning panoramic views of Downtown Birmingham and the surrounding areas.”  

The Redmont Hotel was redeveloped by Birmingham, Alabama-based, Rhaglan Hospitality LLC. Rhaglan’s experience in development and hotel management totals over $200 million of completed commercial buildings, including numerous core branded hotels totaling over 850 rooms, with a focus on historic preservation.

Located in the heart of downtown, The Redmont Hotel is the oldest hotel in Birmingham. Newly restored, the 14-story historic landmark features 120 renovated guest rooms that embrace the glamour of the 1920s. The Redmont Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, offers guests a boutique hotel experience within walking distance of the flourishing downtown Birmingham entertainment district. The Redmont has many unique spaces for any occasion; the property boasts 3,600 square feet of meeting space which includes two boardrooms as well as two luxurious ballrooms connected by a charming mezzanine and New Orleans style balcony overlooking 5th Avenue. Each meeting space is equipped with built-in audio-visual equipment.    

The city of Birmingham is considered to be the up-and-coming food destination of the South. The Redmont’s dining options, and exciting rooftop lounge with breathtaking city views, highlight the best of the city’s culinary experiences. 

About Rebel Hospitality

Rebel Hospitality offers a progressive new paradigm for hotel management. Rebel Hospitality blends modern technologies with management excellence to create a one-stop, full-service hospitality management biome spanning operations, revenue management, procurement, human resources, marketing distribution, and investment and development partnerships. The unrivaled technology, expertise, and fee transparency make Rebel Hospitality an emerging leader and premier partner as a niche hotel management platform that is philosophically aligned with hotel investment strategies. For more information, please visit their website. 

About Curio Collection by Hilton

Curio Collection by Hilton is a global portfolio of more than 100 one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts in nearly 30 countries and territories. Curio Collection properties offer travelers authentic, curated experiences through distinctly local offerings and elevated amenities while providing the benefits of Hilton and its award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors. To make reservations, travelers can visit curiocollection.com. Read the latest brand and hotel stories here, and connect with Curio Collection on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

About Rhaglan Hospitality

Rhaglan’s experience in development encompasses over $200 million of completed projects, including core branded hotels totaling over 850 rooms. Rhaglan focuses on redeveloping and repositioning unique buildings irretrievably linked to the history of their communities.

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How to Drive a Class A Motorhome

With so many Americans embracing the RV lifestyle, there’s bound to be a learning curve on how to drive and manage a large motorhome.

Holiday Rambler® has partnered with Spencer and Kristi Blu from the Adventurtunity Family to share their experiences as they travel the United States in a 2017 Vacationer® 36H from Holiday Rambler with their four-year-old son Kade and puppy Ruko Blu. The family purchased their 37-foot RV in July 2020 and started living on the road full time that September.

Since then, they’ve chronicled their adventures on Instagram and the Holiday Rambler blog.

Holiday Rambler is an award-winning brand within REV Recreation Group, Inc., which is a subsidiary of REV Group, Inc. The Holiday Rambler 2022 line includes four diesel and three gas motorhomes, including the Vacationer model that the Adventurtunity family owns.

Dad Spencer does the majority of the driving of the family’s Holiday Rambler and recently shared his tips and advice for handling a Class A motorhome in a blog post.

Learning to Drive a Class A Motorhome by Spencer Blu from Adventurtunity Family

There is something about learning to drive a Class A motorhome that gives some people pause when they are trying to decide what type of RV to buy for their family.  It was one of the most frequent questions I got when we brought home our Vacationer.  Friends and family alike would look at it and say, “That’s a beautiful motorhome…no way I could drive that!”  Or something like, “That’s gotta be so scary to drive. How did you learn?”  If I’m honest, Class A’s were not at the top of my list when we started looking for an RV because I had never driven anything nearly that big!  But, the reality is that it’s not all that daunting.  And, like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get!

So, to help put nerves at ease for those considering a motorhome purchase, I’m going to be talking about the aspects of driving a Class A motorhome to give you a better idea of what it’s like, how it differs from driving a passenger vehicle, and ideally give you the confidence to go take that test drive! 

To be clear, I am not an expert or an instructor.  The ideas and thoughts are based on my experience driving our Holiday Rambler Vacationer with a gas engine.  I have not driven a diesel pusher, and, while I understand there are some fundamental mechanical and operational differences, the concepts below should by and large apply to either platform.

The First Drive

“So, you want to take it for a drive?”  Those words hit me in the face like a right hook from Mike Tyson.  My family and I were standing in the living area of a beautiful Holiday Rambler motorhome.  It was the very first RV we went to look at when we started our search. We had been given the tour and were honestly a little giddy with the thought that it could possibly be our new home for an incredible journey to come!  And then the seller asked that question and I was snatched right out of my daydream.  “You mean right now?” I said, as if his question was poorly timed.  I mean I knew it was coming, we were there as potential buyers. I certainly wouldn’t buy a car without driving it, this shouldn’t be any different, right?  So, after about a 15 second internal pep talk, and the realization that, if I was going to drive this thing across the country, I had to start somewhere, I said, “Let’s go!”  And you know what?  It wasn’t nearly as big a deal as I had made it out to be in my head!  So now I can say with confidence that if you’re hesitant about getting a Class A because you lack the experience to drive it, don’t be.  You can do it, and you’ll be glad you did!

The Basics of Driving a Class A Motorhome

Let’s get the obvious out of the way off the bat.  Regardless of what length the coach you decide to get is, it will be bigger and heavier than what you’re used to driving.  By a lot.  I had driven a few rental box trucks before. But none of them even came close to the size of our 37-foot-long Vacationer. Time and space will be your biggest allies as you pilot your coach!  So, as long as you keep these fundamental things in mind every time you turn the key, you’ll be in good shape.

  1. Know your height and weight (fully loaded). Write them down on a sticky note and place it on the dash where you can see it.  Better to know you won’t fit under an overpass before you get to it than to find out while you’re stuck under it.
  2. Take left turns wider than you think you need to, and right turns even wider.  As nicely as these machines can handle being on the road, they will not turn on a dime. 
  3. Allow yourself additional space to get up to speed with traffic.  More importantly, leave plenty of space between yourself and the vehicle in front of you to slow down. Acceleration and braking distances are greatly increased in a vehicle this size.

Road Signage

Another thing that you will realize is that there are a lot of road signs that now apply directly to you as the driver of a large vehicle. You will start to pay attention to all those signs you ignore when driving a passenger vehicle.  Those suggested speed signs for off-ramps and sharp curves you always thought were comically slow will all of a sudden make perfect sense when cruising in your rig.  You’ll also want to be aware of height and weight restriction signs that may now apply to you when approaching bridges and overpasses.  A quick glance at that aforementioned sticky note will be quite helpful! 

When travelling in mountainous or hilly regions you will want to keep an eye out for signs that tell you the grade percentage of an upcoming steep climb or descent.  You’ll definitely want to slow down when approaching a steep descent.  Manage your speed by gearing down and braking intermittently to save your brakes. The “Runaway Truck Ramp” signs you see on steep downhills are there for a reason and you do not want to have to use one of them!

What it boils down to is that you’ll now need to take note of all the signs that are there for truck drivers.  While you may not be driving an 80,000 lb. tractor trailer, you are closer to their level than you are to the Honda Civics buzzing around you on the road.  So being aware of those signs will go a long way in helping you arrive safely to your destination!

Conclusion

And there it is my friends!  I knew nothing and had zero experience the first time I drove our coach.  But I took my time and made sure to be very aware of my surroundings.  It really is enjoyable once you get comfortable and familiar with your coach.  Hopefully this information helps give you some confidence to go find that Class A you and your family have been dreaming about!  You’ll be rolling down the road to adventure in no time!  By the way, we ended up buying that Holiday Rambler Vacationer.  The very first one I drove is the one we own, and I couldn’t be happier!

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White Villas Reopens in Turks & Caicos

The Turks and Caicos Islands have always been synonymous with luxury, relaxation, and adventure. And now they are also one of the few places in the Caribbean that have received a designation of Alert Level 1 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the lowest possible Covid-19 risk level. The wish list vacation destination is eager to welcome guests back to experience their trademark white-sand beaches and azure blue waters, free from pandemic anxieties.

With 65 percent of the destination’s population having received at least one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and 55 percent of the adult population being fully vaccinated, Turks and Caicos can proudly say that it is one of the most inoculated countries in the world. This is welcome news for the team behind White Villas, the collection of private villas with an all-inclusive style experience. 

“The desire for decompression, family connection, and new experiences is stronger than ever. Travel is on everyone’s mind,” says Simon Hénault, owner of White Villas. “We’re thrilled that Turks and Caicos islands are considered a CDC Level 1 destination, one of the very few in the Caribbean.”

White Villas is the ideal option for travelers who want to ease their way back into simple, safe, and stress-free travel. In addition to full kitchens and private pools, guests have direct access to car rentals and boat excursions, private chef services, spa treatments, an outdoor movie theater and gym, and a long list of outdoor adventure activities. Visitors get the comfort, privacy, and warmth of staying with close friends and family, with all-inclusive simplicity and high-end amenities.

 The White Villas team ensures that friends, couples, and families all have a safe, unique, and nurtured return to travel experience.

For more information on the CDC’s Travel Health Notices, please visit cdc.gov

For more information on White Villas, please visit whitevillas.net.

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Lake Mead Mojave Adventures

Lake Mead Mohave Adventures (LMMA) proudly announces the receipt of prestigious certifications for its properties at Lake Mead National Recreation Area:  the Certificate of Conformance with International Standard ISO 14001:2015 from the National Registrar Team and the Clean Marina designation from the Clean Marine Program.

LMMA’s properties include Hoover Dam Rafting Adventures/Willow Beach Marina & Campground, Callville Bay Marina, Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina, Echo Bay RV Park, Lake Mead RV Park and Temple Bar Resort & Marina.

To be designated a Clean Marina, marina and yacht club owners and operators meet the challenge of maintaining environmentally sensitive facilities with the goal of preventing and reducing pollution in our nation’s waters. It is one of two such programs not governmentally administered in the United States and has earned the endorsement of numerous industry associations and environmental groups. The Clean Marinas Program’s growing list of members includes 128 facilities around the United States. LMMA’s facilities at Callville Bay Marina, Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina, Temple Bar Resort & Marina and Willow Beach Marina & Campground have maintained this certification for more than 20 continuous years.

“We are passionate about the quality of our staff as well as about caring for the lakes and rivers in which we operate,” explained Chad Taylor, director of sales and marketing, Lake Mead Mohave Adventures. “It’s a pleasure to be able to ensure all our customers have the best in the business attending to their marina needs, as well as the cleanest and most environmentally sound operations anywhere. It’s our part to play in perpetuating the vitality of this industry and the health of our planet.”

For more information on Lake Mead Mohave Adventures, click HERE

About Guest Services

Since 1917, Guest Services, Inc. has earned the reputation as a premier hospitality management company and national and state park concessionaire that has taken great care and pride in delivering best-in-class food, lodging, retail and recreation services. The Fairfax, Virginia-based company and its subsidiaries employ more than 3,500 staff at more than 250 facilities, which welcome approximately 30 million guests annually across the United States. Guest Services, Inc. is proud to welcome visitors at Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in Washington, several parks in the Washington, D.C. area, and state parks such as Bear Mountain in New York, in addition to Missouri’s newest state park in the Ozarks–the much anticipated Echo Bluff State Park. To learn more click HERE.

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GoTrax EBE2 Electric Bike

By: Emily Bunn x Vaughn Lowery

GoTrax’s EBE2 Electric Bike lets cyclists trek faster and further than ever before. The EBE2 Electric Bike is part of GoTrax’s high series line, which showcases the brand’s e-bikes with the largest motors and longest distance capabilities. The EBE2 is one of GoTrax’s most lightweight and high performance e-bike models.

360 Magazine had the incredible opportunity to test ride GoTrax’s EBE3 on the Ballona Creek Bike Path. We mountain biked over six miles of trails, soaking up sun and the picturesque California landscape. Our exhilarating bike trip with GoTrax led us from Marina Del Rey to Culver City. Reminiscent of canal-side bike trails in Amsterdam, Ballona Creek offered awe-inspiring views during our adventure. We whisked through sandy trails, expeditiously sped alongside Ballona Creek, and enjoyed breathtaking views across LA with GoTrax.

We can’t wait to take the EBE2 out for a spin at other LA cyclist hot-spots, like Elysian Park, Cogswell Dam, Mount Wilson, Marvin Braude/Pacific Coast Bike Path, Griffith Park, and The Rose Bowl Loop Trail.

Save time and money on commuting costs by utilizing the ferocious capability and cost-conscious feasibility of the EBE2. Fashioned for fast paced city cruising, this stealthy e-bike maintains a smooth ride for busy commuters. A super hero of modern microtransit, this agile e-bike makes for superior errand runs, pleasure trips or getaway missions. Channel The Hulk as you take on the world on this tenacious, brawny e-bike.

Without ever compromising speed or style, this reliable e-bike lets cyclists go the distance. The EBE2 lessens one’s ecological impact and carbon footprint, transportation costs, and time spent sitting in morning rush traffic while increasing efficiency, physical activity, and pleasure.

GoTrax provides transportation solutions that are accessible and affordable. The company describes their mission as such: “To change, the future of commuting by making products that are environmentally friendly and an effective alternative to traditional transportation, To create, a smarter, greener, and more unique traveling experience, To inspire riders everywhere to experience and join the electric vehicle revolution.”

Design

The EBE2 boasts ultra-modern curb appeal, so riders are sure to be transported with sophistication and style. This e-bike is available to be outfitted in two attractive, monochromatic colorways- white or black. The super sleek, slim, 68.1” x 24.8” x 42.1” aluminum alloy body can compactly fit on subways, maneuver crowded city streets, and beat congested traffic in the bike line. The narrow frame also improves handling and cornering capabilities.

The EBE2 is designed with stylish rims that give the bike a unique, cosmopolitan appearance. The ergonomic, plush bike seat provides a comfortable, cushioned ride, no matter the distance. This souped-up model also comes with custom aluminum alloy rims.

Weighing in at only 66 lbs. and with a 265lb maximum pay load capacity, this light weight electric bike is transportable yet sturdy. This e-bike is sure to be the crown jewel of the streets, showcasing subtle sophistication with its low noise motor.

Technology 

On the bike’s handlebars, the LED display conveniently shows the five speed settings, speedometer, battery life, odometer and headlight status. Positioned to the right of the display monitor is the Shimano 21 speed shifter. Shimano’s products are known to be durable, and provide riders with rapid shift capabilities.

In close reach is the e-bike’s accelerator, located next to the bike’s speed shifter system. Under the LCD display is a USB port, allowing adventurers to charge mobile USB devices on the go.

Durability 

The thin, 26” air filled, shock absorbing, road pneumatic tires allow for increased adaptability and maneuvering capabilities. With up to 50 miles of pedal assist, or 25 miles using thumb throttle only, the EBE2 is the ultimate companion for venturesome cyclists. The pedal assist settings on this e-bike have five speed settings for personalized rider customization. For bikers with the need for speed, the EBE3 is able to climb up to 20mph.

On both sides of the handlebars rests the EBE2’s hand brakes, allowing bikers to yield at a moment’s notice. The vehicle is also equipped with both front and rear brakes. Alert other cyclists of your presence on the road instantaneously with the bike’s horn, situated on the right side of the handlebars.

Thanks to the sturdy front fork suspension and 26” shock absorbing thin road tires, the EBE2 absorbs impact, lessening strain on bikers. The suspension is able to be locked and unlocked.

The EBE2 is a loyal escort where ever riders go–thanks to the e-bike’s 1P53 waterproof rating and aluminum body. Ready for any outdoor expedition, this bike can travel through most weather and road conditions. The off-road capabilities of the EBE2 makes for endless expedition, whether on rugged mountain terrain or uneven city streets.

Performance 

Reach new speeds with the massive 350 watt brushless motor, which can accelerate to 20 mph. This power-packed motor provides high torque while simultaneously maintaining low power consumption. With the impressive Shimano speed shifter, riders can transition between gears without friction.

Bikers can venture out on lengthy day trips and extended cruises with the EBE2’s 36V 10.4Ah high capacity battery. Compared to the EBE2’s sister model, the Emerge, this newer model packs more power than ever before. The EBE2 lets bikers to reach up to 50 miles under PAS Mode, or up to 25 miles under electric mode. The long range battery, which provides prolonged travel potential, is seamlessly integrated into the bike’s body. Able to recharge in just 6 hours, GoTrax effortlessly keeps up with all of life’s thrilling adventures.

For riders seeking out extra long-lasting battery power, consider Raptic Strong‘s Titan 225 battery. The Titan 225 is a portable, rechargeable battery generator designed to provide long-lasting power for all your devices– able to recharge your phone up to twenty times, laptops up to five times, and tablets up to six times. The battery includes three USB hubs, one USBC hub, a lighter plug, and an AC plug. This portable power cell came in handy while we traversed trails at Ballona Creek all day long. With this extremely durable battery, you don’t have to worry about losing power– no matter where your e-bike adventure takes you! 

Safety

This e-bike is able to keep riders safe even at night, thanks to its illuminating front headlight. For added visibility, attach a valve tire light– like this one from Buzztronics– to your e-bike. USB handlebar lights also can help brighten biker’s paths while riding at night. For bikers looking for rechargeable, long-lasting, illuminating power, look no further than Dash‘s 520 USB light. 

For bikers looking for more security, bike lock kits like UBULLOX’s on Amazon provide tools for proactive protection. Their bike kit includes a heavy duty bike lock, shackle, security cable, mounting bracket, and keys. Similarly, security tech company ABUS offers security solutions with their folding locks.

Another protective security measure bikers can take is attaching a horn to their vehicle. This guide can help find the optimal horn for your bike. Considerations to keep in mind while purchasing a bike horn include sound, type of horn, sound modes, size, ease of use, and price.

The EBE2’s included kick stand allows for bikers to prop up their bike while stopped. 360 Magazine recommends checking that the brake system is properly functioning before use. Furthermore, be sure to review the e-bike’s safety warnings.

Ergonomics × Additional Features

Compared to other similar GoTrax models- including its predecessor model (the EBE1) and proceeding model (the EBE4) – the EBE2 reigns triumphant. The EBE2 is able to travel faster and almost double as far as the EBE1. The EBE2’s 26” inch tires towers over both the EBE1 and EBE4 model’s wheels, providing the utmost stability for riders. These wheels are unlikely to get bent, and provide long lasting wear. As compared to regular bikes with spokes, the EBE2’s mag wheels more lightweight, which licenses this e-bike to accelerate faster.

The EBE2 is affordable compared to other e-bikes in its category, such as the NCN Moscow Plus or the ECOTRIC Fat Tire bike. The GoTrax 26” EBE2 Electric Bike also has a more powerful motor than comparable electric bikes, like the NAKTO 26” Caro Electric Bike. The thumb throttle on the EBE2 is relatively smaller than average, which allows it to comfortable fit into rider’s palms.

The EBE2’s original price was $889.99, but this impressive, intrepid e-bike is currently on sale for just $849.99. Upon purchase, orders are generally processed in 24 hours and shipped out for free in 3-5 business days.

This e-bike is easy to assemble, but mobile bike services may be contacted if need be. Cyclists looking for aid in constructing their e-bike should call Velofix– a mobile bike shop with many locations across the United States. For those on the East Coast, Cycle Haus is another trustworthy option for mobile e-bike repair. On the West Coast, Hoopty Bikes Mobile Bike Repair offers 24/7, mobile bike services. Once their e-bike is put together, riders are to be cruising in style wherever they journey on GoTrax’s EBE2 Electric Bike.

All of GoTrax’s products are certified to UL safety standards. If you’re not satisfied, GoTrax offers a 30-day return and 90-day warranty. Furthermore, for additional purchase, customers can add on a 2-year ($74.99) or 3-year ($849.99) warranty plan.

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GoTrax EBE2 lifestyle image from Emily Dodge at GoTrax for use by 360 Magazine
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Raptic Strong Titan 225 battery product image via Vaughn Lowery for use by 360 Magazine
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Reasons to Visit Tokyo this Summer

There are plenty of reasons to come to Tokyo this summer. Even during these hot and humid days, there are plenty of ways to appreciate and enjoy this season in Tokyo. If you decide to go, there are plenty of unique ways of immersing in and succumbing to this time of year.

Unagi Day

Doyo No Ushi No Hi, “the Ox Day during Doyo,” is a day in mid July, this year falling on July 28, dedicated to eating unagi or eel. This tradition began in the Edo period. At that time, it was believed that eating unagi during summer would boost stamina and relieve oneself from the oppressive heat and humidity. According to legend, there was an unagi restaurant owner whose business struggled due to his trouble selling unagi in the hot summer. The owner asked a friend, Hiraga Gennai (1728~1780), a well-known physician and pharmacologist, for help. Gennai advised him to place an advertisement in front of the restaurant stating, “Doyo No Ushi No Hi” or Eat Unagi Today, and You Will Never Suffer from Summer Heat.” The restaurant became successful, and soon other restaurants followed. This may be the first instance of commercial copywriting in Japan.

WATERS Takeshiba

In olden days, Tokyo was a city of crisscrossing waterways, often known as the “Venice of the East.” Water transportation became the norm, as warehouses and markets sprung up at each wharf. The surrounding area was soon crowded with workers and residents, as depicted in ubiquitous Ukiyoe woodblock prints of the time. Culturally, people also enjoyed waterside attractions, such as fireworks, which became a popular summertime evening pastime, watched from both the shore and boats. WATERS Takeshiba is the latest waterfront complex that is a modern interpretation of Tokyo’s waterside culture. Ferries and cruise ships depart from this wharf to waterfront neighborhoods. The adjacent buildings also house the fashionable new lifestyle hotel, the Mesm Tokyo, Autograph Collection, as well as restaurants, shops, and three dedicated theaters for the Shiki Theatre Company. WATERS Takeshiba is a not-to-be-missed new Tokyo experience.

Tokyo Tourist Information Centers Are Ready to Welcome Foreign Guests

Tourist information centers inside and outside the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics venues have worked long and hard to prepare for the event and are now welcoming foreign guests.

Village Plaza, a brand-new facility built to host the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics athletes, opened on July 13 in Harumi, Tokyo. To support the life of the athletes and supporting staff during their stay, Village Plaza provides many services such as an internet lounge, café, and post office. Here also is Tokyo City Information, a tourist information center where the smiling staff, all of whom are expert guides of Tokyo tourism, welcome guests and introduce them to Tokyo.

“We know this is a very important time for athletes and other people who stay here,” said the staff, “so we will try to provide the best hospitality and do everything we can to make them feel at ease. And while its not possible for people to visit Tokyo freely at the moment, we will do our best to provide information about the charms and attractions of the city, so that when it becomes safe to travel again people might want to come back.”

Among the special projects to promote future travel to Tokyo is an origami in the shape of Mt. Fuji containing a collection of QR codes of websites that provide a variety of information about Tokyo. Along with the Tokyo City Information facility, they are distributed in two other temporary information centers in Tokyo. The hope is that people will take them home as a souvenir until the next time they visit Japan.

The five Tokyo Tourist Information centers operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have completed their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

While the number of people visiting the facility has greatly decreased since the spreading of COVID-19, the staff continues to offer guidance and assistance to Japanese and foreign travelers. The staff is also offering online assistance through the multilingual service “Online Tourist Guide,” where people can use their device to speak with a tourist guide expert that will answer their questions. The Online Tourist Guide is currently available in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

The information center is also mindful of accessible tourism, offering special guidance to people with hearing disabilities and providing information about accessibility in Tokyo.

With the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the priority of the Tokyo Tourist Information centers is to ensure that visitors have a safe stay by providing up-to-date information about places in Tokyo. In addition to this, dedicated spaces have been set up with Olympics-related materials and information.

“When the whole situation calms down and people will be able to travel again,” says a staff member, “we would love for them to experience all the different aspects of Tokyo. The traditional atmosphere of places like Asakusa, the modernity and nightlife of Roppongi, even the everyday experiences of punctual trains and peopleʼs good manners are all things that we want to help people discover when they come here.”

For the safety of visitors, all Tokyo Tourist Information centers are implementing measures to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, such as hand sanitizing, social distance, air ventilation and mask use. We appreciate your cooperation with these measures.

 

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LEGOLAND New York Resort Now Open

The Orange County Tourism & Film team is incredibly excited to share that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open for fun. The 150-acre park is located in Goshen, New York.

“We are thrilled that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open to all!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “LEGOLAND® New York Resort will not only benefit Orange County, but it will have a tremendous economic benefit in the Hudson Valley region and the entirety of New York. I know I can’t wait to go explore LEGOLAND® New York Resort!”

After starting construction in 2018, LEGOLAND® New York Resort opened all seven of their themed lands to the general public on Friday morning. Attending the grand opening was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by other elected officials and regional tourism partners who marked the opening of the theme park by flipping a power switch.

LEGOLAND® New York Resort features a theme park with seven uniquely themed worlds, filled with attractions for the whole family. The theme park also includes a variety of dining options, as well as stores to purchase your favorite LEGO® products. A 250-room resort accompanies the theme park, offering patrons the chance to stay in either pirate, kingdom, Lego Friends or LEGO® NINJAGO® themed rooms. The LEGOLAND® hotel will start accepting reservations on August 6.

The addition of LEGOLAND® New York Resort increases the number of major attractions in New York State that currently reside in Orange County. Sitting 50 miles away from New York City, Orange County provides recreational activities, history, shopping, arts and culture, dining and more for all ages. Enjoy a tasting at one of the numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries or enjoy the outdoors, rafting down the Delaware River or hiking the Appalachian Trail. Orange County provides fun for all ages throughout the entire year, making the area a premier North East destination.

About Orange County Tourism & Film

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at Orange County Tourism and Film. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

 

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Top Ten Things To Do This Summer in Temecula Valley

For travelers looking for a getaway with wide-open spaces that feels far away, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is the perfect place to book a summer vacation. Whether it be a family reunion or a summer escape, picturesque Temecula Valley is an ideal wine-plus destination to enjoy relaxing summer days. Here are ten reasons you should choose Temecula Valley as your next summer getaway destination.

1. Live Entertainment

Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino have restarted their entertainment lineups featuring headliners, popular tribute bands, local musicians, and comedians. Many of the wineries and restaurants also host local musicians on a weekly basis.

Just some of the summer concerts in wine country are Jerrod Niemann on September 12 and Eli Young Band on September 24, both at Wilson Creek Winery. Peltzer Winery will host The Killer Dueling Pianos on July 22.

Thornton Winery’s popular Champagne Concert Series will resume this year on August 28, September 11-12 & 18, October 2 & 23. Musicians include Peter White & Euge Groove, Dave Koz & Friends, Summer Horns, Chris Botti, RNR, Rick Braun & Richard Elliott, and Boney James. Tickets sell out quickly.

South Coast Winery Resort & Spa will continue its Jazz Concert Rhythm on the Vine on July 18 with Paul Brown & Gregg Karukas; August 1 with Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver & Will Donato; and August 15 with Michael Paulo, Adam Hawley & Darryl Williams.

Pechanga Resort Casino welcomes Hotel California – A Salute to the Eagles on August 20, Paris by Night Live Show on August 22, Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco on August 27 and Chicago on September 19.

Old Town Temecula Community Theater returns with its weekly Jazz at The Merc every Thursday, Country Live on the first and third Saturday, Speakeasy at The Merc every second Saturday, as well as special showings on July 23-25 and Comedian Ace Guillen on July 31

2. Craft Beers & Spirits

Temecula Valley produces more than wine, and there are plenty of tasting rooms to fill a day of exploring. Batch Mead pours local mead and hard cider, and Galway Spirits is a small batch craft distillery that produces flavored vodka, whiskeys, and gin. Not-to-miss breweries include Ironfire Brewing Company, Oscar’s Brewing Company, Refuge Brewery and Stone Church Brewing.

3. Refreshing Plunges

Cool off in one of the pools at the many lodging options, during a spa rejuvenation, or even while wine tasting. There is nothing like taking a dip in the pool after soaking in some California sunshine.

4. Wine Country

A day in wine country can begin with a hot air balloon floating over the vineyards, sipping award-winning wines while absorbing the breathtaking scenery, dining al fresco, listening to live music, walking through the vineyards, watching a beautiful sunset, then staying the night among the vines.

5. Outdoor Recreation

There are several ways for travelers to play under the open skies and scenic backdrops. Whether group or solo activities are preferred, there are plenty of choices for outdoor fun. Golf at Temecula Valley’s top courses, Journey at Pechanga, Temecula Creek Golf Club, or CrossCreek Golf Club. Bicycling in Temecula Valley can be mountain biking at Vail Lake or Santa Rosa Plateau, electric biking in wine country or Old Town Temecula, or standard bicycling on the miles of trails throughout Temecula.

6. Healthy Foods

Indulge without the guilt on some of the tastiest summer menu options our creative chefs have put together. Local farm ingredients and vitamin rich foods never tasted so good. Restaurants can be found in wine country, Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort Casino, and around town.

Farmers Markets are open every Tuesday at Vail Headquarters, Wednesday at Promenade Temecula, and Saturdays in Old Town Temecula.

7. Cool Cocktails

Temecula Valley is known for its quality beverages and craft cocktails are no exception. Fresh, local ingredients and products are used to serve up innovative and tasty drinks at local bars, speakeasies, and restaurants. Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is serving a Beautiful Day cocktail that includes Malfy Rosa gin, Aperol, Ruby Cuvée Tranquile, hibiscus, and lime. Avensole Winery Restaurant is featuring a Lemon Aventine which consists of grape based vodka, lemon, and dry vermouth. Devilicious Eatery serves up a Brambleweed: which is vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and Lejay built up over ice in a glass. Espadin’s Skinny Margarita is always a hit featuring their agave syrup.

8. Old Town

Old Town Temecula is a day of fun on its own with breweries, shopping, dining, entertainment, arts, culture, and special events. Stop in Temecula Valley Museum for an overview of Temecula’s history then pick up some unique made-in-Temecula products at Temecula Olive Oil Company, Temecula Lavender Company, and Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants, and grab a treat at Old Town Sweet Shop. Check performance times at Old Town Temecula Community Theater and grab dinner before the show then a Night Cap at Apparition Room or Thompson & Twain speakeasies.

9. Guided Tours

Wine country transportation companies, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and Old Town Temecula all offer guided tours. A look behind-the-scenes and an educational opportunity can be priceless and it definitely makes for a special memory.

10. Stay the Night

Resorts, villas, cabanas, casitas, inns, and vacation rentals are found in wine country among the rolling hills of vineyards. Visitors can also choose to stay in Downtown Old Town Temecula within walking distance of the historic district or Uptown at their favorite brand hotel, or in the peaceful canyon nestled in the foothills at Pechanga Resort Casino or Temecula Creek Inn. Accommodations can match any traveler’s needs and budget.

Check hotel packages to pair activities with a stay. It isn’t too late to start planning a summer vacation in Temecula Valley.

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Exodus Travel Tours Resume

Exodus Travels have announced that their self- guided and award-winning led tours will be resuming for Americans July and August 2021. As the world carefully reopens, the leading small-group adventure tour company is excited to welcome everyone back to explore far-flung places and faraway destinations. 

Once again travelers will be able to experience an expertly curated cycling, walking, or cultural adventure that suits their pace. Self guided trips to Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Malta, and Bermuda will resume this July. 

Adventurers are eager to sip their way through vineyards, tuck into some delicious seafood on the beach, enjoy exhilarating hikes towards dramatic waterfalls, cycle past medieval hilltop towns, or give into the wild on safari. With that in mind, small group-led tours to Greece, Portugal, Spain, Galapagos, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Africa, Iceland, Turkey, and Switzerland will once again be open to Americans this August and September.

Giving Back 

Exodus is committed to building travel back better than ever, and will donate $100 of every 2021 or 2022 booking to their global Community Kickstart Project, which was created to support those hit hardest by the devastating effects of the past 16 months in destinations heavily reliant on tourism dollars. The global initiative provides funds for the following projects, and many more

  • Meals for the vulnerable people of Kathmandu, Nepal 
  • Food packages for families of the porters of Peru’s Inca Trail 
  • Education catch up and school openings for kids in Zambia 
  • Essential hygiene and school packets for families along the Mekong Delta, Laos

Exodus is committed to the safety of all travelers, leaders, staff and local people in the destinations they visit at all times. Health and safety teams work in tandem with leaders to keep guests safe on their adventures, providing assistance from the moment travel is booked to the minute travelers return to home soil. With Exodus, travelers can book with confidence and travel stress-free

About Exodus Travels

Celebrating 46 years and winner of the 2019 National Geographic Traveler Reader Awards and 2020 British Travel Awards, leading adventure tour operator Exodus has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. They have hosted over 250,000+ travelers on adventures across the globe. Whether it is solo travelers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels. Operating in 100+ countries with 600+ tours, Exodus insists on low impact tourism and contributing to local communities. Exodus understands the importance of regenerative travel, now more than ever. Their rewilding initiative guarantees that for every person who travels with them, they will rewild 100 square meters.