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Flora Cash shares new single – Chronically Beautiful

RIAA platinum-certified indie-pop duo Flora Cash has today unveiled a tender and reflective new single. “Chronically Beautiful” is available now via the Swedish/American band’s own Flower Money Records at all DSPs and streaming services.

“’Chronically Beautiful’ was sparked when we were having a conversation about what it means to be beautiful,” says Flora Cash, “especially when looked at through the lens of real love. It’s not an acute, momentary perception; it’s the feeling that the person you love; the person that you waited your whole life for has a beauty that transcends any given moment and isn’t dependent on what they happen to be wearing or how their face looks that day or week or month; they’re chronically beautiful.”

Listen to “Chronically Beautiful”

“Chronically Beautiful” marks the latest new music from Flora Cash following the arrival earlier this year of the poignant new single, “Soul Mate,” available now for streaming and download. Now boasting more than 2.5M worldwide streams thus far, the track is joined by an equally powerful official music video streaming now here.

Listen To “Soul Mate”

Watch “Soul Mate”

Flora Cash was born in 2012 when Minneapolis-native Cole Randall uploaded his music to Soundcloud and caught the attention of Sweden-based Shpresa Lleshaj. The pair soon began playing music together, forming a relationship that would eventually blossom into marriage. A series of independent releases were followed by an acclaimed seven-song mini-LP, Can Summer Love Last Forever?, in March 2016. Flora Cash’s full-length debut album, Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine), arrived the following year, highlighted by the global smash single, “You’re Somebody Else.” First released in 2017, the RIAA platinum-certified single has proven a true viral phenomenon, currently boasting over 250M worldwide streams while ranking as one of Shazam’s Most Shazamed Alternative Songs in both 2019 and 2020. Hailed by Forbes as “arguably the most intriguing song on the radio this past year,” “You’re Somebody Else” was equally popular at multi-format outlets nationwide, reaching #1 at Alternative and Triple-A while also ascending to the top 5 on Billboard’s “Hot Rock Songs” chart. The track – which has also inspired countless TikTok videos in recent months – is joined by an official lyric video, now with over 133M views via YouTube alone.

As creative and engaging onstage as they are in the studio, Flora Cash lit up stages around the world with a wide range of international live dates, including tours alongside Sir Sly, Joywave, lovelytheband, Judah & the Lion, and AJR as well as festival appearances at Life is Beautiful, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Hangout Music Fest, Firefly Music Festival, and the KROQ Weenie Roast & Luau, to name but a few. The duo is currently slated to perform at Hamburg, Germany’s MS Dockville 2021, set for Friday, August 13th; additional dates will be announced soon. For updates, please visit here.

In 2020, Flora Cash released their much-anticipated sophomore album, Baby, It’s Okay, highlighted by the hit singles, “Missing Home” and “They Own This Town” and praised by Atwood Magazine for its “stunning display of stripped back, emotive songwriting, minimal introductions and impressive vocal lines are laced over lush, electro-pop instrumentals as delicate as they are organic, all delving into relational themes…a stunning second album.”

“Well-thought-out, congruent, and brilliantly detailed, Flora Cash explores themes such as post-breakup blues and coming to terms with oneself, all coated in melancholic and bittersweet vibes.” – ATWOOD MAGAZINE

“A sound that’s equal parts earthy and ethereal” – SUBSTREAM

“Bitingly bittersweet (Flora Cash’s) crystalline guitar and spine-tingling melodies give voice to that feeling of emptiness that’s recently become all-too-familiar.” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Alongside artists like Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, and Francis and the Lights, Flora Cash is on the front lines of modern musicians redefining alt-pop by injecting their music with heartfelt conviction.” – EARMILK

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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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Summer Escapes × Adult Style

­SUMMER ESCAPES – ADULT STYLE

FROM SUDS TO BUDS, THINGS ARE BREWING IN MENDOCINO COUNTY

TAP INTO THE REGION’S NEW CRAFT BEER TREK OR A DEEP DIVE BEHIND THE EMERALD CURTAIN

From wildflowers to hops and buds, Mendocino County is gearing up for a summer certain to swell all the senses. Long known as an outpost for rugged individualism, edge-pushing vintners and off-grid farmers, this stretch of turf just two hours north of San Francisco offers an ideal reboot, adult style. With plenty of room to roam (2.4 million acres to be exact), 24 state and national parks, new cannabis tours and beer trek on tap, the time for an urban escape is now.

GREEN LIGHT

What Napa was to wine, Mendocino is to California cannabis. Long a clandestine culture, today the region’s robust operations offer a modern, regulated slant saluting the long-time farmers who cultivated a brand based on hard work and creativity. A key player in the legendary Emerald Triangle, Mendocino County is stands ready to showcase its world-class cache. Two new tours offer an inside look at operations and a solid schooling on what makes this region’s green so spectacular. All aboard for a day of play, one toke at a time. Largely due to the region’s unique terroir blending soil, sun, topography and weather Mendocino’s cannabis and CBD products are a world-wide medicinal and recreational product. Coupled with Trinity and Humboldt counties, this Northern California outpost represents the largest cannabis-producing region in the United States. Start the day just north of Marin County in Hopland, where Northern California Cannabis Tour’s Mendocino Experience kicks off with a four+ hour guided tour.

MendoCann dispensary is the warmup, before heading deep into the Redwood Valley for a personal tour of an impressive licensed and fully operating sun-grown cannabis farm and heirloom cultivation nursery. Meet the master grower and enjoy an afternoon of bud-tasting by the koi ponds while wandering among the crops for the ultimate Instagram post. The day wraps with an optional visit to an alfresco cannabis lounge, private wine tasting or deep dive into the ancient redwood groves Mendocino is renowned for. Note: this is a guided self-drive tour; designated driver recommended; $420.00/2 people.

From Mendocino’s interior to the sharp contrast of Anderson Valley, a wine region sporting top-shelf Pinot Noir, sparkling and dry Alsatian-style wines, Emerald Farm Tours offer a different slice of nirvana. Tuck behind the green curtain for a day of exploration on the Mendocino County Cannabis Trail; starting with a luxury Mercedes Sprinter bus departing in Marin County and arriving deep in the Mendocino redwoods for a hillside weed walk with a host grower, followed by a box lunch in the forest. Next, visit a cannabis edibles manufacturer in Philo (population 349) followed by an intimate wine tasting flight at Bee Hunter Wines. The full day (6+ hour) tour concludes with a 4:20 PM Smoke Sesh before departing back to the Bay Area. Gift bag, coffee, and munchies included $420.00/per person.

Other key regional stops include the Bohemian Chemist, also in Philo, a vintage Art Deco apothecary and spa offering a bespoke line up of notions and potions. Focused on sun-grown cannabis, edibles and tinctures, this is the stop for a luxury facial and stock piling Anderson Valley Reserve Orange Burmese or Lemon Larry OG buds or the ever-popular Slurricane, an Indica-dominant cross of Dosidos and Purple Patch with a light sugar finish. Sublime!

MILES OF SMILES

From the first organic brewery in the United States to the craft-centric suds rocking palates at Anderson Valley Brewing Company, all signs point to Mendocino. Kick off a visit via scenic Highway 101 in the gateway town of Hopland. Lending to the town’s original mission, growing and drying hops for beer, this hamlet of 920 is home to Hopland Tap, set in California’s first brewpub to open following prohibition. The classic interior, with 1880s brick walls and stamped tin cladding, has a strong brew evolution from the HopVine Saloon to Hopland Brewery, originally crafting Rd Tail Ale in 1983. Pull up a chair for a robust lunch and brew in the hop-covered beer garden before heading north for the next pit stop.

Northern exposure hits a high note 13 miles north in Ukiah, home to the nation’s first organic brewery — Ukiah Brewing Company. Here, brew master Scott Jones crafts a lively list of ales and lager with a seasonal slant. Pull up for 12+ brews on tap, including the potent Boch Doppleboch Emancipator, wheaty Willits Wit or Orr Springs IPA. The restaurant offers a solid menu with a variety of venison, bison and boar burgers, wonderful charcuterie or a tasty three pigs pizza. Organic, vegan dishes and a full bar round out the romp. Nearby, Cultivo is the stop on Thursday nights for piquant wood-fired pizzas and an impressive line-up of 15 brews on tap.

Sidebar: The sleek Thatcher Hotel is the stop for guests seeking a contemporary fix backed with fire pits, a lively craft cocktail bar and swimming pool. Next door the Stock Farm Restaurant & Inn steps up with seven plush suites featuring fireplaces and balconies with vineyard views.

Highway 101 curves north, it’s a 24-mile trek to the quaint town of Willits and the new Northspur Brewing Company. Set smack on Main Street, this is the stop for seasonal ales and a super laidback vibe many travelers’ relish. Belly up for a refreshing Mendo Summer Kolsch-style ale, Havabru, Bru IPA or Hazy on the Details. The taproom and beer patio serve up a revolving menu of sausages Butifara, Dante’s Inferno, Boerewors, Jalapeno Cheddar, Garlic Ginger served with Dusseldorf mustard. For a true slice of American, try the legendary John Ford hot dog. Sidebar: California Landmark No. 980 better known as the champagne mineral baths sits just outside Ukiah. Vichy Springs Resort and Spa is a 700-acre facility boasting America’s only warm and naturally carbonated Vichy mineral baths (and Olympic-size pool. Check out the historic Blue Cottage (1852), hike to Chemisal Falls or take to the creek side baths like a lime in Perrier. Day rates available.

BEER IN BOONVILLE

Quality obsessed and relentlessly inventive Anderson Valley Brewing Company is the stop for a full immersion in all thing’s beer. From industry leading Goses to perfectly balanced IPAs and patiently barrel-aged bottlings, brew master Fal and team continue to push the palate. Set in wine-centric Anderson Valley, this solar-powered brewery is constantly reinventing. Why have a beer garden when you can lounge in a new 30-acre Beer Park (2021), paired with a renovated tap room, 9,000 sq. ft., lawn area with wi-fi, 18-hole disc golf course and table service from the tap room. Specialties include the Huge Arker, Summer Solstice and Boonville Gold brews as well as the popular Mendonesia series. As Highway 128 dips west toward the Pacific, wine country fades to ancient redwoods and the salt of the sea. Here, the next ale adventure awaits at Fort Bragg’s North Coast Brewing Company. Founded in 1988, the lively brewery has long set the standard for aspiring brew masters with such masterworks as Red Seal Ale and Thelonious Abbey Ale among other fine north coast brands. Their logo, Make the World a Better Place, One Pint at a Time, certainly seems relevant. Sustainably driven with a non-GMO ethos, the brewery steps up with seasonal brews as well as its legendary limited reserve, barrel-aged Old Rasputin and Old Stock Celler Reserve ales. Lightly battered fish and chips, a vegan black bean burger and traditional shrimp po boy, fried with Scrimshaw beer batter and served with Old No. 38 tartar sauce, round out the lunch menu.

Just over on Elm Street, Overtime Brewing focuses on small batch ales in a cozy, casual setting. On the lighter side, summer brews include Princess Oat Pale Ale, Jasmine Green Tea and Drinkin’ Beer. A move to the darker side unveils some real gems, including the Workin’ Late Milk Stout, Overkill Chocolate Raspberry Stout and new brew, 2020 Shutbrown, a smooth brown ale that is malt forward, loaded with blackberry flavors. A rich mac-and-cheese with jalapeno peppers and crumbled bacon, barbequed pork shank and signature Overtime Burger round out the pub fare. Drop into scenic Noyo Harbor for an afternoon brew and front row seat at the fire pits at Sea Pal Cove. This is as local as it gets, rustic and weathered with just the right amount of kitsch. Take in the local scenery as boats ply the estuary, bringing in the day’s haul of sea urchin backed with a selection of 18 brews on tap and killer prawns and chips. Sliding south along Highway 1, the historic village of Mendocino is flush with suds potential. Tucked on a side corner on Ukiah Street in a vintage 1893 Victorian farmhouse, Caf Beaujolais is a pilgrimage worth plummeting. Ready for its close-up, the stunning beer carte features 90+ offerings spanning the globe. From porters to barley wines, Trappist, Saisons and farmhouse ales, as well as Lambic and sour ales, the list is nothing short of mind blowing. Dive into Belgium Cantillon, Fou Foune, Lambic aged on apricots ($220/750 ml) or an esoteric Drie Fonteinen Hommage, aged in cherries and raspberries ($100/750 ml.). There’s also a Loverbeer from Italy ($33), 8 Wired from New Zealand ($24) and a California Hen House ($5) for those on a budget.

Step up for an organic, free-range, wild caught affair backed by chef Julian Lopez culinary heft. The eclectic menu includes a classic beef Bourguignon or steak frites, as well as a left turn to a zippy Oaxacan ceviche or Cubano pulled pork sandwich, a 15-hour slow cooked dream served with house-made mustard. Set in the peaceful back rose garden, the new Brickery also offers casual wood-fired pizzas. Doubling back, a sidetrip to the Point Arena Pier is always a restful stop. Located on Highway 1 just south of Point Arena Lighthouse, The Pier Chowder House & Tap Room steps up with 31 beers on tap with a perch overlooking the Pacific. Dive into a true-to-form seafood menu boasting a hearty clam chowder, beer battered scallops, rock cod tacos, linguini and clams or the signature fresh crab cakes. Sidebar: Bed down at the Noyo Harbor Inn for a quiet stay overlooking the harbor; in Mendocino village, get high in a repurposed water tower suite at JD House, Sweetwater Inn, MacCallum House or nearby Inn at Schoolhouse Creek. The award-winning Brewery Gulch Inn is the stop for ocean-front digs backed with stellar service.

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Iceland is Open For Business

Iceland is Open for business!

Iceland and Greenland specialist Iceland ProCruises announce these great reasons to book a trip to Iceland in 2021. These trips on-board the OCEAN DIAMOND are soft expedition cruises accompanied by an Icelandic expedition team, who speak English.

  1. Travelers will receive free airfare for booking the Iceland Circumnavigation 10 day cruise available from $4,299.Cruise dates: 11th Jul – 20th Jul 2021 and 29th Jul – 7th Aug 2021
  2. Iceland ProCruises invites solo travelers to book a cruise on certain dates in 2021 with no single supplement charge. This means no extra cost for a private cabin aboard the OCEAN DIAMOND on several dates on the Iceland Circumnavigation 10 day cruise available from $4,299 Cruise dates: 11th Jul – 20th Jul 2021, 29th Jul – 7th Aug 2021
  3. Family Special valid for 2 adults and maximum 2 children on any 2021 departures. Includes 2 bedrooms with 2 beds each, a bathroom with tub and shower and picture window which is perfect for families visiting this island country.
  4. While in Iceland, guests should plan some time to visit the currently erupting Volcano and Lava Field.  The Land of Ice and Fire is once again living up to its name with this new eruption. Photo credit

From Geldingadalur valley, just south of Fagradalsfjall volcano, gleaming lava can be found running in molten rivers and spurting in spectacular jets. There are various ways to visit the volcano – private guides, helicopter tours, etc. As part of Iceland ProTravel, Iceland ProCruises is happy to help with organizing tours to the volcano, the Blue Lagoon, and many points of interest in Iceland. They have access to exclusive tours, the best hotels and transportation available. Descriptions of pre and post tours can be found at this link: https://www.icelandprocruises.com/pages/excursions/pre-and-post-tours

Shore excursions add to the charm of Iceland ProCruises. Guests can experience waterfalls, volcanoes, glacier-choked lakes, horseback riding, trekking, sea kayaking, boat tours, museums and historic sites, whale watching, birding, bus tours, culinary tastings and more. The many options available allow each guest to choose their favorites at each port. No trip to Iceland is complete without these experiences.

Bookings may be made with a local travel agency or directly at +1 678 701 5830. More information at www.icelandprocruises.com,including rates and schedules for 2021.

Travel to Iceland from foreign countries is now allowed. Rules as of May 10, 2021 are:

People who present a vaccination certificate or a certificate of previous infection are allowed to enter the country. More information about the rules currently in effect by the Government of Iceland can be found here https://www.covid.is/categories/travel-to-and-within-iceland

 

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Rising Star Gigi Vega

360 Magazine had the opportunity to ask rising star, Gigi Vega, questions that her fans would want to know. Gigi Vega debuted her hit song “Mistletoe Kiss” taking the holiday music charts by storm. She went viral on TikTok with 10 million views and 15k videos. In addition to writing and producing, GiGi is a dancer and choreographer. Read on to learn more about Gigi!

GIGI VEGA INTERVIEW QUESTIONS: 

1. How has your family inspired you and your music?

GV: I would always do little shows and auditions. My father is a jazz musician. He would play the piano, so I was always surrounded by music, and theater as well. 

2. What or who inspired your song “Watchu Tryna Do?”

GV: It just happened. Actually, had it for a while, but was finally able to come back to it. Originally, the lyrics were supposed to be “in the club”, instead of “in the crib”. But I had to make adjustments due to COVID 19

3. Talk about your producer on this song? 

GV: Jack London. He has worked with the Chainsmokers.

4. Where do you get your ideas for songwriting? 

GV: Melodies just come to me. Melodies come first for me. Lyrics come from everyday life experiences. I’ve always been into dancing and singing. It’s something that just clicked for me, but I got more into it once I started composing my own songs.

5. What charities are you aligned with and why? 

GV: Anti-bullying programs.

6. What acting projects will you be involved with in the future?

GV: I will be in The Drone That Saved Christmas. Production begins in March. After that, I hope the COVID situation improves, so I can be touring.

7. Who are your biggest influences?

GV: Janet Jackson. Definitely into anyone who is super full out, and she is one of them.

8. What advice would you give to a singer starting out?

GV: Don’t let anyone steer you in the direction of what they want you to be – it is not worth it, ever.

9. Talk about your training as a triple threat, what do you do to stay on top? 

GV: Just take a look at my Music video, it is all there. Acting, dancing, singing. I have trained in all three disciplines since I was very young. My dance training was focused on modern dance, but I am schooled in all disciplines. I have always been on stage or behind the camera, so it is second nature.

10. How do you take care of your voice? 

GV: Regular training, like an athlete. Lots of lemon and pineapple juice, as well.

11. If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?

GV: Chris Brown or Jason Derulo. Dancer/singer like I am. Janet – anyone who is full out, as mentioned before.

12. What is on your playlist right now?

GV: Omarion, Michael Jackson, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Pop Smoke, Jason Derulo.

13. Who are you currently watching on TikTok?

GV: Everything that comes across my feed.:)

14. When did you know you wanted to be an entertainer? 

GV: Never thought about anything else. I was on stage from an early age. I made the move from stage to commercial work in my teens. Once I learned how to write solid music, I knew I wanted to record music. It was a process. I spent hundreds of hours in the studio as a kid.

15. What artist did you admire as a child?

 GV: I loved watching Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson is my absolute favorite.

16. Do you play any instruments? 

GV: I pluck out notes on the piano and guitar to help my melodies. Had many lessons and music theory, but I won’t be accompanying myself just yet.

17. What’s your fashion style?

GV: I like more tropical vibes, or casual, put-together vibes, but I always like to switch it up. I can be glam or a Tomboy. Get a girl who can do both.

18. What do you do to relax?

GV: I love fashion, always putting fashion pieces together. I learned to sew as a child, went to classes and camps for years. I was one of those kids who got a new shirt, and then I would go to my room and change the shape and design. I love listening to music and writing. Honestly, writing is my happy space.

19. What other businesses do you plan on starting to promote your brand?

GV: I am very into sneakers and shoes. I have so many different designs in my head that need to come out.

20. What’s the one thing you think everyone could do to make the world a more positive place?

GV: Less judgment of others, especially strangers.

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Meghan Trainor × NBCUniversal

MEGHAN TRAINOR TEAMS WITH NBCUNIVERSAL TELEVISION AND STREAMING ENTERTAINMENT FOR CROSS-PLATFORM PARTNERSHIP

Grammy Award-Winning Performer to Develop Starring Vehicle Comedy as Part of Overall Deal

Meghan Trainor is coming to NBCUniversal Television and Streaming Entertainment with an NBC comedy series in development as the first project under a cross-platform overall deal between the global superstar and NBCU.

The new alliance is a first-of-its-kind for the company, encompassing potential projects across scripted and unscripted content throughout NBCUߣs larger Television and Streaming Entertainment portfolio, which includes NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA, and Peacock. Within this ecosystem, Trainor will have the opportunity to leverage her talents across network, cable, streaming, and syndication programming.

“In addition to being a phenomenally talented performer, Meghan is a vibrant and hilarious ray of light who is the perfect fit for NBC’s brand”, said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “We love the idea of introducing Meghan into the world of scripted comedy as well working with her to find all the creative and crazy ways she can engage with fans across our brands. With eight distinct platforms, we’re able to provide the ultimate playground for multi-hyphenate artists, and this is just one of the ways we’re leveraging our new structure to benefit both talent and audiences.

This collaboration with NBCUniversal is so beyond a dream come true,” Trainor said. “I’m obsessed with and inspired by Susan and can’t wait to work with her and her incredibly talented team to bring our ideas to life.”.

Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Meghan Trainor emerged with her 2014 breakout single All About That Bass; and disrupted contemporary music with nostalgic pop beats and powerhouse vocals that delivered a worldwide anthem for female empowerment. Trainor cemented her rising status as one of the most prominent artists in popular music by charting eight multi-platinum singles, selling millions of albums worldwide, selling out three headline tours, writing multi-platinum hits for top pop and country artists, and receiving countless industry awards and nominations. She is one of only five female artists to receive a diamond certification for her hit single All About That Bass, which shares the RIAA Gold & Platinum Awards top honor with only 15 other singles in history.

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World Art Day Travels

In honor of World Art Day on April 15, 2021, here are some of the best destinations and hotels for curated art experiences from around the world. Whether it be an outdoor mural scene, a hotel’s private art collection, an artist-in-residence program, or new exhibits scattered throughout a country, there are many ways to celebrate World Art Day! And while safe travel may not be possible yet for everyone, virtual experiences are a great way to show appreciation and support. 

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Hamilton Princess & Beach Club – Hamilton, Bermuda

Known as “The Pink Palace” from its iconic pastel exterior since 1885, it’s the interior of Hamilton Princess that is inside the hotel that makes it fit for royalty. A little-known secret is that the property is home to one of the most comprehensive contemporary art collections in the world. The vast and ever-evolving collection has an estimated multi-million dollar value. There really is no other resort where you can see an 18 ft tall KAWS sculpture or an original Banksy up close. Hamilton Princess has created the Escape Artist Package which includes a private tour of the contemporary art collection including pieces by Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Banksy, KAWS, Julian Opie, Yayoi Kusama, and Ai Wei Wei ,  complimentary passes to the island’s art museums with private tours upon request, complimentary Twizy electric car rental to get to and from the museums, and an assortment of art-inspired amenities and gifts, including a limited edition Mari Andrew print. 

St. Pete/Clearwater

Quickly becoming a museum mecca with 30+ museums in the destination, downtown St. Pete also boasts over 500 outdoor murals created by local and international artists throughout the hip Central Arts District. The newest additions are showcased during the annual mural festival SHINE St. Pete and can be experienced with a guided walking tour. This alfresco art experience has also been modified for COVID-19 safety as travelers can now discover them independently with this comprehensive, ever-growing list and through the app, PixelStix. And not to be forgotten, the most popular museum in the destination, The Dalí Museum, will continue to host the immersive Van Gogh Alive exhibit through June 13, 2021. The exhibition features more than 3,000 Van Gogh images at an enormous scale, viewed through high-definition projectors and synchronized to a powerful classical score. Advanced-purchase, timed-tickets are required to visit. 

Providence, Rhode Island

Known as Rhode Island’s creative capital, Providence is one of the country’s most diverse and vibrant cities for the arts, due in large part as the home to The Rhode Island of School of Design (RISD) which cultivates a creative community. Providence’s artistic offerings are best experienced on foot via Avenue Concept, Rhode Island’s first privately funded public art program. They offer two self-guided tours offering comprehensive stops with dozens of murals and sculptures to visit in Downtown and South Side/West End. As of August, a new latinx-led public art banner project honoring the healthcare workers who have helped manage the COVID-19 crisis has launched throughout the city. 

New Orleans – The National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum’s newest special exhibit “SOLDIER | ARTIST: Trench Art in World War II” explores the unique military pastime of creating art, souvenirs and tools out of the discarded materials and waste of war. Featuring more than 150 artifacts, many of which have never been exhibited, the collection also includes a background on the creators, providing a rare glimpse into the circumstances of war and the ingenuity and resourcefulness of servicemembers in the field. Such items range from souvenirs, such as ashtrays and jewelry made by servicemembers for their loved ones at home, to forbidden items like radios and musical instruments made by prisoners of war. The exhibition will be open to the public through January 2, 2022.

Daxton Hotel (Birmingham, MI) 

Opening in April 2021, Daxton Hotel features a monochromatic palette in rich, saturated color to showcase avant-garde lighting and furniture in bold shapes. This backdrop is juxtaposed with an art collection of over 400 pieces curated from across the world by Saatchi Art. The thoughtful collection is inspired by the street art found throughout the city of nearby Detroit and reflects the movement and energy of Motor City’s local scene. In addition to the distinctive art originating from across the world including Peru, Macedonia and South Korea, each guestroom is outfitted with a custom headboard backdrop from local floral muralist, Ouizi. Art in public spaces includes the restaurant Madam’s large-scale painting series of 12’ portraits in a feminine, a suspended wire installation in the conference room encouraging dialogue, a full-sized mechanical horse and 9’ pink metallic bunny. Art tours for the building are offered the first Friday of the month, providing the opportunity to engage and experience some of the Daxton Hotel’s significant works. 

The MC Hotel – Montclair, NJ

Located just 45 minutes outside of NYC, the 159 room MC Hotel is at the intersection of culture and community in the heart of Montclair’s thriving artistic community. With art curated from established and up-and-coming artists in every room, the hotel is part art gallery, part meeting place. Currently on display are pieces from painters Ryan Chin and Siona Benjamin-Kruge as well as mixed-media artist Basia Goszczynska to name a few. At guest check-in, travelers will be met by a sculpture of a flower from Karen Kimmel that stretches across two walls. The sculpture features textiles that were meticulously hand-punched then painted onsite. On the lobby wall of the bar, guests will see a sculpture from Goszczynska which is made from salvaged oyster farming bags, marine rope and steel wire. He also continues this unique interpretation of upcycling to shelves of the bar which displays Rainbow Collections, a piece featuring crowdsourced microplastics and salvaged baby food jars.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa – Atlantic City, NJ

Within a two-hour drive of New York and an hour drive of Philadelphia, head toward the Las Vegas of the East Coast known for its bustling boardwalk, glitzy high-rise resorts, five-star restaurants, four-mile-long boardwalk, and six-mile-long beach. In search of an indulgent escape, this fast-paced resort is an art lover’s dream. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa features numerous extravagant glass sculptures that seem to drip effortlessly from the ceiling and rise majestically from the resort’s floor. Those colorful works of art are none other than world-famous Chihuly glass, created by master craftsman Dale Chihuly, and some of our guests come to our resort just to take in the signature pieces by the American artist. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa houses a number of stunning Chihuly pieces across the property, from the main entrance of the casino to the corridor connecting Borgata to The Water Club. Take a look at the gallery of Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Chihuly, and the next time you visit, play a game of trying to find all of the signature artwork throughout the resort. As the artist himself one said, “Glass has the ability, more than any other material, to bring joy and a certain happiness to people.” Chihuly, who was born in Washington in 1941, has had countless exhibitions of his work across the globe, from Venice to London to the Netherlands, and blew his own glass until he had a tragic car accident in 1976. Afterwards, due to challenges with his eyesight, Chihuly began serving as a director of a team of artists, who have created hundreds of massive glass installations found in buildings across the globe. 

Fitler Club, Philadelphia, PA

Fitler Club is Philadelphia’s ultimate “work/stay/play” destination, where hotel guests are granted exclusive access to all the club’s amenities for the duration of their stay. The club encompasses 136,000 square feet and includes a world-class gym and spa, a 14-room boutique hotel (The Rooms at Fitler Club), collaborative workspace (Offsite), indoor pool and a movie theater. Art lovers will enjoy the Fitler Club’s Collection, which has works by famous artists featured throughout the property. The collection includes pieces by Damien Hirst, Alex Katz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pamela Hanson, Mel Bochner and more. Fitler Club’s Artist In Residence program, bringing the work of Philadelphia artists, acclaimed and up-and-coming, to people’s everyday lives. Fitler Club assembled a vast collection by local artists, within a non-traditional gallery space that is Offsite, Fitler Club’s expansive workspace. Artists include King Saladeen, Eileen Neff, Elizabeth Osborn and more. Each of the artworks are on loan by the artists and every piece is for sale. In addition, those who are unable to visit the gallery in person can still enjoy the collection through an interactive virtual experience on the club’s website, which gives information on each piece located throughout the property. 

California

California is gearing up for a culturally enriching year, as various art happenings are slated to open throughout 2021. Peppered across the state, here are some key art events that visitors may enjoy for a uniquely artistic and local experience, showcasing the history and vibrancy of California:

  • Desert X + Outdoor Art in Greater Palm Springs: The third installment of the internationally acclaimed biennial art exhibition, Desert X, returns in 2021, starting March 12 through May 16. The 2021 artist lineup includes a diverse group of 13 artists ranging from locals like Kim Stringfellow to international representatives like Zahrah Alghamdi. Visitors can explore these new outdoor art installations across the desert region for an exciting socially distant experience. While in the region, be sure to check out the region’s booming art scene by walking or driving through various neighborhoods to check out artworks like the “PS I Love You” Sculpture, permanent pieces created for Coachella Music Festival, like “Etherea” and more. Find additional outdoor art in the Greater Palm Springs area here
  • The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA): The OMCA will unveil its newly refreshed garden and outdoor amphitheater space in spring 2021 as part of its multi-phased campus improvement project. This beautiful renovation will include updated outdoor sculptures, revitalized landscaping with native California plantings, new ADA accessible ramps and a permanent stage for outdoor performances- encompassing the Bay Area’s natural beauty. 
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art:The Santa Barbara Museum of Art will reveal a new, multi-floor wing in spring 2021 that will be home to new photography and contemporary art galleries, as well as renovated galleries, as part of its multi- year, $50 million renovation. The museum hired Kupiec Architects’ Bob Kupiec, who is known for his projects at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Times Square, Bryant Park and more. 
  • Carmel Mission:To mark Carmel Mission’s upcoming 250th anniversary, the Carmel Mission Foundation is renovating the Mission’s main entrance and restoring a 100-year-old adobe museum that sits adjacent to the renowned Basilica. Additionally, The Harry Downie Museum at Carmel Mission is also planned to open in October 2021, showcasing “the Evolution of Carmel Mission” photography exhibit.
  • San Francisco Music Hall of Fame:Slated for this spring, the halls of the music-themed Music City Hotel will feature a gallery of transcendent local musicians including a curated collection of photographs from Getty Images, The San Francisco Chronicle and numerous local, respected photographers. A dozen local and national music writers were hired to create original one-of-a-kind gallery text that accompanies each photo. Visitors can listen to a playlist of songs by artists featured in the gallery, which includes a guided audio tour with local DJ Mike Waterman.

Texas

The art in Texas is top notch, specifically noting the art of the major cities along with other safe havens for creatives such as Marfa and which have recently gained traction. A few examples of the major cities and more of the unknown include: 

  • San Angelo, an oasis in West Texas off the beaten path, has quickly grown as a Texas art hub, with a lot of the art outdoors and accessible to the community at all times. Highlights like the Chicken Farm Art Center, where local artists are set up in refurbished farm buildings, as well as Paintbrush Alley, where over 50 artists have donated their time to create artwork in the downtown alley, are stand-alone destinations worth checking out when in San Angelo. Lastly, the Pop Art Museum which is also outdoor murals has been positively received by the community, with 31 pieces done by local artists throughout a former bowling alley, including a piece from James Gill who worked directly with Andy Warhol at the forefront of the Pop Art movement. 
  • The diversity and affordability of Houston has created an internationally acclaimed art scene, home to graffiti parks, modern museums and everything in between. Highlights include: 
  • James Turrell’s Skyspace Structure, an interactive installation which will test your perception of light and color. Wednesday through Monday weekly, the “Twilight Epiphany” sequence will take place, changing colors of lights from the built-in LED system. Guests can peer through the roof’s square-shaped aperture and into the darkening sky. Admission is free and seat reservation can be made in advance
  • Sawyer Yards, a creative campus located in Houston’s historic First Ward is set in a working train yard and made its home in a former industrial complex with several rice silos at the complex’s center. On the second Saturday of each month, the warehouses are open to the public allowing for individuals to meet the artists and explore their work, varying from paintings to sculptures to jewelry. 
  • Many people don’t often think of Dallas as an art-centric destination, but the cosmopolitan city is home to the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation. Though to experience art in Dallas one never has to enter a gallery; during a quick trek through any of the city’s walkable neighborhoods murals and iconic sculptures will reveal themselves. Here are a few:
  • Fair Park is home to many well-known works of public art, but the Crystal Chandelier at the Music Hall, by artist William Martin is often cited as a favorite.
  • Dallas City Hall Plaza boasts the large bronze sculpture The Dallas Piece by renowned British sculptor Henry Moore. It was given to the City in 1978 by W.R. Hawn in memory of his wife.
  • Deep Ellum is known for its eye-catching murals. The murals give life to otherwise mundane walls and buildings and reflect the life and times of the residents. As a result, Deep Ellum has evolved into its own exhibition of sorts and visitors have enjoyed exploring and discovering them all. Click here for a look at some of the murals and this map provides directions.

Sensei Lāna’i, A Four Seasons Resort

Set within the secluded island’s 90,000 acres, Sensei Lāna’i, A Four Seasons Resort is a one-of-a-kind wellness retreat, founded by Larry Ellison and Dr. David Agus, with the goal of helping people live longer healthier lives. At the heart of the retreat is the Sensei Way, which distills preventive health science, data and research into three simple paths for everyday living: move, nourish, and rest. These principles go beyond just healthy eating and exercise, encouraging guests to nourish their mind, body and soul, starting with an extensive art collection that inspires a creative spirit and enhances relaxation. With design envisioned by Todd-Avery Lenahan of TAL-Studio, the resort blends a sense of seclusion with wide open spaces surrounded by the forests in the spiritual uplands of Lāna’i. Intentionally placed among expansive garden foliage, the retreat houses a premier outdoor sculpture garden that includes larger-than-life pieces from renowned artists like Botero, Plensa, Lobo and more. As guests venture further, Ju Ming’s “Tai Chi Arch” opens to an onsen garden and Robert Indiana’s iconic “Imperial LOVE” sculpture ignites a sense of joy and rejuvenation. The artwork throughout the hotel was commissioned expressly for the retreat and here, art-loving guests will encounter these pieces for the very first time, stimulating thought and reflection. Other featured artists include David Ellis, Miya Ando, Haure Shimomoto, Sky Pape, Brooks Shane Salzwedel and Lauren Collin.


Rapid City, South Dakota

In the small town of Rapid City, South Dakota, where there’s no shortage of bucket list outdoor art experiences, you’ll find Art Alley,a functioning alley that was transformed into a place for artists to create and share their work with the public. The walls are covered in pieces from local artists, many anonymous, and are constantly changing as new works pop up, providing a new experience every visit. Before this area became known as Art Alley, local artists used to hang canvas artworks on the walls and eventually this evolved into painting murals. It wasn’t until a group of passionate artists and community members worked with city officials to nurture this organic art form into the Art Alley we know today. Other art-centric experiences in Rapid City include the City of Presidents, a collection of life-size bronze sculptures of past presidents placed along the city’s streets and sidewalks, the Dahl Arts Center and more.

Hewing Hotel(Minneapolis, MN)

Since opening its doors in 2016 the 124-room luxury lifestyle hotel has provided an unmistakable all-Minnesotan experience in the bustling North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. The former farm implements showroom and warehouse built in 1897 has been reborn as a cultural center for the community retaining its original brick and timber rustic charm. Immersing guests in Minneapolis, the hotel offers unique experiences with Minnesotan flair such as a monthly music series, Alley KAT! Perkins Pop Up Concert in the adjacent alley with season 6 The Voice semi-finalist Kat Perkins. The visual art of the area is on display through regularly rotating installations of local artists. The current collection includes works from Minneapolis-based artists Roko and Toni Gallo reflecting the beauty and talent within the area. 

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Costa Rica

Mesoamerican, South American and Indigenous influences are reflected in Costa Rica’s rich art history and colorful culture. Visitors can explore Costa Rica’s capital city and cultural hub of San José which is home to some of the country’s most important art museums, consisting of diverse collections of painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, wood carvings and more. 

  • Museo de Arte Costarricense: The Costa Rican Art Museum offers free admission and boasts a permanent fine arts collection of over 6,000 pieces from Costa Rican artists, spanning almost two centuries. One of the most intriguing displays at the museum is the outdoor sculpture garden, where visitors can see works by renowned Costa Rican artists like Jorge Jiménez Deredia, Edgar and Francisco Zuñiga, José Sancho and Max Jiménez. 
  • Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo: Costa Rica’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MADC) is situated on the site of the country’s old national liquor factory. MADC has four exhibition rooms for rotating and permanent collections of contemporary hispanic art, an auditorium and an open-air terrace for performances and events. There are approximately 900 pieces housed in the museum’s permanent collections. Currently on display at MADC is the “Inferno Tropical” special exhibition, which consists of works by six Latin American women artists from Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, Panama and Brazil. Inferno Tropical is part of a series of exhibitions called “Female Voices of Latin America,” representing the largest mega-exhibition of living Latin American women artists in recent times.

Dominica

Presented by The Waitukubuli Artist Association (WAA) “WhoOosh!! 2” virtual exhibit is the first of its kind in Dominica, showcasing photography, sculptures and paintings created by local artists. The exhibit was filmed using a 360° camera in the abandoned Roseau Anglican Church, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. The exhibit is an immersive experience that allows the audience to experience this real place from afar. Just like in a video game, virtual attendees can look around in any direction, interact with objects and people and examine the art up close. The exhibition is themed around the impacts that recent hurricanes have had on the artists’ way of life, interpreting their very own experience of resilience in various artistic forms. To attend, head to kubuliarts.com.

Victoria, Australia

With its brightly-colored bustling laneways, world-class theater district and inspiring art and cultural museums, Melbourne is a city fit to fulfill any art-lovers dreams. The city’s laneways are works of art in themselves while also leading inquisitive city strollers into quirky bars, old-school restaurants and hipster eateries, and hidden art galleries where there’s even more art to absorb. Those looking for a grander stage can find jaw-dropping performances in Melbourne’s theater and musical stages like the Princess Theater and Her Majesty’s Theatre in the East End Theatre District, or the inventive Malthouse Theatre. Melbourne’s art museums span the gamut – from Aboriginal art at the Birrarung Gallery or Ian Potter Centre, to modern and contemporary art at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art or National Gallery of Victoria. When it comes to art – whether it be public, modern, Aborginal or performance – there’s always something inspiring to view in Melbourne, Australia.

Argentina

Known as South America’s capital of culture, Buenos Aires, Argentina, was appointed as UNESCO’s first City of Design with the opening of the Metropolitan Design Center.  Not only that, but the city was also the birthplace of Tango, which first originated in Buenos Aires dance halls in the 1880s. Now, travelers can witness world-class tango each year during the city’s International Tango Festival and World Cup. In 2013, Argentinian artist Alfredo Segatori painted what was then the longest mural in the world, located in Barracas. And, finally, if you didn’t need more artistic inspiration to visit this lively city, Buenos Aires also hosts the world’s most important collections of Latin American art. The Museum of Latin American Art is home to the Fundación Costantini art collection which consists of 400+ masterpieces including paintings, sculptures, photography, and engravings by famous 20-century Latin American artists. 

Las Vegas-Based Tour Provider

When Bindlestiff Tours owner Rachel Urban opened the Las Vegas-based adventure tour company nearly 10 years ago, she sought to offer adventurers the most immersive experiences throughout the Southwestern United States, Alaska and Western Canada. In the days leading up to the pandemic, Bindlestiff Tours was doing just that. Business was booming and the company welcomed thousands of international visitors each year.

Then borders closed, shutdowns began and the international tourism industry dried up. As reservations were cancelled and trips delayed, many tour operators opted to close their doors entirely. Yet, Bindlestiff made the bold, yet tough, decision to remain open last year as one of the only fully operating national park tour companies in Las Vegas during the height of the pandemic. Today, Bindlestiff continues to fight challenges created by the pandemic while still welcoming drive-market travelers to keep the business afloat.  

“Like many small businesses in the tourism industry, we’re fighting every day to keep our operation running while safeguarding our staff and customers’ health and well-being,” said Urban. 

With group size limits, mask enforcement rules and social distancing guidelines differing state by state, Bindlestiff’s high operating and cleaning costs for their spectacular multi-state tours through Nevada, Arizona, Utah and California have risen while the number of guests they are able to accommodate continues to remain restricted. 

Navigating which national parks and campsites are open also presents another obstacle for Bindlestiff Tours. A spike in COVID-19 cases often leads to sudden park or campsite closures or limited access to certain destinations which creates challenges in how Bindlestiff times tours, according to Urban.

Last-minute tour reservations and cancellations also add to the company’s dilemma of planning how many guests they are able to welcome on a given day. 

“While it certainly has been difficult to accommodate travelers visiting Las Vegas on a whim, it brings us such gratitude knowing there are still domestic tourists searching to get away and immerse themselves in nature,” said Urban. 

The immersive tour operator celebrates the small victories such as welcoming travelers from neighboring states, even if group sizes remain small, and continues to offer flexible booking conditions, value tour pricing and additional traveler options. 

Among these additional options are Bindlestiff Tours’ new multi-day, self-driving camping tours and private, custom single- or multi-day tours from Las Vegas.


The self-drive camping tours, also available with hotel upgrades, offer travelers an opportunity to socially distance under the stars. According to Urban, these tours are designed for guests interested in driving to the national parks of the American Southwest on their own, while still receiving expert guidance and an immersive, personalized adventure. 

Guests are provided with all the necessary camping equipment and tour guides assist with camp set-up in scenic locations. Expert tour guides meet guests at key locations throughout the tour and escort groups on remote hiking trails to spectacular viewpoints while providing live interpretive wildlife and nature content throughout the adventure. 

According to Bindlestiff, guides also facilitate evening campfires and locally sourced, fully catered al fresco dining options at camp or for hotel guests. 

To enhance the self-drive experience, Urban says guests can download the recently reconfigured Bindlestiff Tours mobile app. Now featuring tour narrations in English for domestic travelers in addition to multiple languages for international visitors, the app allows travelers to access additional details, instruction and information.


For families or groups of friends of four or more interested in experiencing national parks in a more intimate setting, Bindlestiff also offers private, custom tour options. These tour packages are pre-made and offer exclusive one-on-one attention from a dedicated, expert local guide. Guests may select day tours or multi-day outdoor camping tours or the comfort of hotel accommodation. Guides escort groups on a completely private tour throughout the experience. Guests have the option to choose from classic itineraries or request a custom-tailored tour and add on other areas of interest, according to Urban. 

Despite the overall decrease in travelers resulting from the pandemic, Bindlestiff Tours understands the importance of continuing to provide vacationers with spectacular opportunities to visit some of the country’s most breathtaking national parks when they are ready to travel again.

“During the height of the shutdown last year, we were one of the only fully operating tour providers in Las Vegas,” said Urban. “We understand the importance of offering travelers expert guides for incredible experiences they’ll never forget, especially during such a difficult time. It truly brings our team joy.” 

As Bindlestiff continues to expand its tour offerings when more people begin to travel again, the challenges of remaining viable and laying the foundation for recovery in a post-COVID economy remains present. This year, Bindlestiff is excited to launch “glamping” tours that allow families and private groups the peace of the great outdoors paired with more elevated living accommodations.

According to Urban, the tour company remains hopeful about the future. She said guests booking trips with Bindlestiff this year have felt reassured about their health and safety – some even going as far as sharing their uplifting experiences on social media. 

“Our company is beyond grateful we have remained open throughout these challenging times to welcome those searching to get out of their houses and into the wilderness,” said Urban.

For more information about private custom tours and self-drive tours, visit www.bindlestifftours.com

Crown Cruise Vacation Ideas

Great Cruise and Travel Ideas: Visiting Polynesian Paradise Bora Bora,
UnCruise’s Coconut Cranberry Cookies, and Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

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Visiting Polynesian Paradise of Bora Bora

Excerpt: She made it look so easy. A few knots here, some stylish tucks here and there, a loop around the neck. And viola. A beautiful pareo, the sarong-like clothing worn by Polynesian men and women. Asking for volunteers from our group of cruise ship passengers, the Mama Ruta designer created four different sarong styles. That was quite impressive but what I found even more interesting was how the artists at Mama Ruta’s hand craft the colorful fabrics used to make the pareos. See more HERE.

UnCruise Adventures Shares Recipe for Coconut Cranberry Cookies

Excerpt: Part of the pleasure of cruising is the cuisine. Sometimes we get a chance to enjoy dishes that we may never have tried. Or we welcome old familiar standbys. On my cruise aboard the S. S. Legacy for UnCruise Adventures, one of our favorites was the cookies that were served every afternoon. Fresh baked and delicious, the cookies always seemed better than the ones I had at home. See more HERE.

Children of the Earth Share Hopes for World Peace

Excerpt: Standing like ancient druids, the round stones mark the hopes and dreams of children from different nations. Erected decades ago, the messages are even more important today.

“It was meant to be something positive, something that would stand here to remind the world that we all should be friends and live in peace,” tour guide Brenda said. See more HERE.

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