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Discover these Top Five North American Island Escapes with Collette

first_imgDiscover these Top Five North American Island Escapes with ColletteDiscover these Top Five North American Island Escapes with ColletteVery few travellers think of North America as an island escape destination, but Collette has announced its top five picks to surprise and enchant travellers and show them that when it comes to the perfect guided holiday, there is an ocean of possibilities.Ideal for the first and second time visitor, these islands include some destinations made famous by films and television shows, as well as being popular holiday spots for American Presidents.Collette is a family-owned business established in the USA with 100 years of experience in crafting holidays around the world, and in particular, in North America. A regional specialist, the company’s tours include visits to lesser known parts of the US which feature pristine, wildlife-abundant islands which are not well-known outside of North America.1.     Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and NantucketFrom exploring exquisite coastline to marvelling at mansions, Collette’s Islands of New England tour has something for every traveller. Guests on this 7-day itinerary will have the chance to walk in the footsteps of America’s Presidents, artists, writers and celebrities with a ferry ride to famous Martha’s Vineyard. On this beautiful island, a local guide will show guests the highlights of the Vineyard, including quaint gingerbread-styled cottages and the old whaling port. Cruising back to Cape Cod, travellers will indulge in a traditional New England seafood and lobster feast.In Cape Cod Bay, guests can choose between a whale watching cruise or a scenic adventure through the iconic sand dunes of the Cape. Next on the itinerary is a panoramic ferry ride to the idyllic island of Nantucket, where picturesque beaches and lighthouses await.Other highlights of this tour include the chance to explore Providence, “America’s Renaissance City”, with its prestigious Brown University and vibrant cultural scene, a trip down Ocean Drive to mansion-lined Bellevue Avenue, and leisure time in Boston to wander the Freedom Trail.2.     Bay of IslandsNature lovers will be in their element with Collette’s 12-day Newfoundland and Labrador Discovery tour.  Exploring Canada’s Bay of Islands, Collette will offer guests on this tour the chance to visit the stunning Butterfly House where they can admire thousands of diverse and vibrantly-hued butterflies, and take a scenic cruise of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Here, travellers will be joined by a local specialist who will give a talk on the spectacular marine life in the region, featuring wildlife encounters with majestic humpback and minke whales, as well as some adorable puffins.After meandering the quaint fishing and coastal villages of Clarenville, travellers will explore Tableland Mountains in Gros Morne National Park and uncover hidden fjords, stark peaks and highland tundras.This tour also offers travellers ferry rides across the Straits of Belle Isle and around the pristine waters of Newfoundland and Labrador, with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Red Bay and a stop at the Bay of Islands on the way to idyllic Lark Harbour.Culinary highlights of the tour include a traditional Newfoundland gathering known as a “Jiggs dinner” in Twillingate, a Newfoundland “Screech-In” ceremony that includes a shot of rum, followed by a dinner overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence and later in the tour, a visit to an economuseum to learn how to make jams, sauces and vinegars out of the local partridgeberry and bakeapple.3.     Cape Breton Island, Prince Edward Island, Oak IslandCollette’s 11-day Maritime Coastal Wonders tour begins in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia province coined ‘Canada’s Maritimes’, celebrated for its rugged and pristine beauty and fun-loving Acadian and Gaelic culture. In Peggy Cove, travellers will visit historic lighthouses overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean, before embarking on a charming tour of the Halifax waterfront featuring the Public Gardens, Spring Garden Road and the Victorian-Era fortress, the Halifax Citadel.Travellers on this tour will trek the craggy Cabot Trail and take a ferry ride to the ‘Land Cradled on the Waves’ and the filming location for Netflix’s Anne with an E; Prince Edward Island. Here, guests can reignite their own sense of adventure and imagination, journeying along the sea-sprayed shoreline and visiting the Anne of Green Gables Museum. After a day of exploring, guests will arrive at the Hopewell Rocks and savour a traditional Maritimes’ lobster feast.Maritime history aficionados will be in paradise as they head down the striking Lighthouse Route, board a fishing boat at the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic and learn to shuck scallops. Taking in views of stunning Cape Breton Island and Oak Island, guests on this tour will uncover the magic and wonder of this spectacular seafaring destination.Maritimes Coastal Wonders featuring the Cabot Trail4.     Mackinac Island  After three nights getting familiar with ‘the Windy City’ of Chicago, travellers board a ferry to Mackinac Island; a place where the neighs and clip-clops of horses replace the roar of engines and the accommodation is two nights nestled in the glorious Victorian-era Grand Hotel. A National Historic Landmark, Mackinac Island is a wooded paradise accented with limestone formations, all set against the picture-perfect Lake Huron.Travellers will experience a horse-drawn carriage ride for a tour of the island that includes stops at the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum and Arch Rock. There is ample time for guests to stroll around the island at their leisure and enjoy the brilliant views, visit the downtown shops and buy some delicious fudge – a specialty of Mackinac Island. Later, a menu of tasty delicacies awaits with a dinner at the elegant Salle à Manger dining room, featuring exquisite chamber music played by the Grand Hotel’s orchestra.Mackinac Island is a must-see for history-buffs and those interested in anthropology. Archaeologists have carried out excavations at sites on the island since the 1960s. These digs have revealed traditional fish hooks, pottery and other artefacts which tell the story of the island’s earliest Native American inhabitants, the Anishinaabe, who consider it to be home to the Gitche Manitou – the “Great Spirit”. The Island was a significant spiritual gathering place for the local tribes where their offerings were made to the Gitche Manitou, and it became the burial place of tribal chiefs.5.       Jekyll Island and St. Simons IslandCollette’s 7-day Southern Charm itinerary offers travellers a window into the past, with the chance to soak up some Southern hospitality in Georgia and South Carolina.The tour begins in Charleston, known as the ‘Holy City’ – a place which has survived the Civil War, major fires and natural disasters including an earthquake and hurricanes, and still exudes old-world elegance. A guide will escort guests along Charleston’s cobblestone streets, lined with stately, historic homes and restored buildings – some built before the Revolution.Next up is a trip to the exclusive Jekyll Island Club Hotel, grandly situated in the midst of the fabled Golden Isles – former winter retreat of prominent Gilded Age families like the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts. St. Simons Island offers travellers views of its strikingly tall lighthouse, a visit to the Museum of Coastal History and leisure time to wander the unspoiled Georgian coastline of marshlands, winding rivers and beaches to historic Savannah.Other key highlights include a visit to one of America’s oldest working plantations, Boone Hall Plantation, or the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and a cooking demonstration featuring regional specialties in Savannah.For details of the full tours or to book a trip:Contact your local travel agentCall Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com About ColletteTouring for today’s traveller…Featuring the luxurious Collette Chauffeur return airport transfer service, award-winning tour managers, and superior accommodation, Collette has been a pioneer in guided touring since 1918.With classic tours, small groups, river cruises and ‘spotlight’ city stays, there are over 150 tours which go to more than 55 countries offering customers exceptional choice, value and superior 4 star+ quality.Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s Sydney office (opened in 2014) adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners.Expert tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience.Private Chauffeur ServiceCollette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within 40km of an Australian international airport. For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeurSource = Collettelast_img read more

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Maurice JonesDrew For me I think he goes to th

first_imgMaurice Jones-Drew: “For me, I think he goes to the Cards. He fits that system. He’s that Bruce Arians type of guy.” https://t.co/Sd5Gt16kyD— Paul Calvisi (@PaulCalvisi) March 29, 2016NFL media analyst Daniel Jeremiah projects Jones as a second-round pick. The Cardinals do not have a second-round pick in this year’s draft and their next selection after the first round is No. 92 in the third round. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Ohio State QB @CJ12_: Haven’t made any trips yet but I’m excited to show what I can do in private workouts. #Bills & #Cardinals scheduled.— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 28, 2016Jones started his redshirt sophomore season in 2014 third on the Buckeyes depth chart, but ended the year as arguably the biggest star in college football. After injuries to both Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, Jones had the first start of his career in the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin and thrived.He was 12-of-17 in the Buckeyes’ 59-0 win for 257 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.Jones followed that up by leading Ohio State to a national championship. In the semifinal and final combined, Jones threw for 485 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, showing off stellar arm strength.There was talk of Jones possibly being a first-round pick, but he came back to school for the 2015 season.He struggled to pull away from his co-starter Barrett, finishing the season with 1,460 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw less than ten passes in six of Ohio State’s 13 games.The Cardinals have been down this road before. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Jones resembles former Cardinals fourth-round draft pick Logan Thomas. Like Thomas, Jones is a great athlete for his size.Some see Jones as a good fit for Arizona. Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have a scheduled private workout with one of the biggest names in college football. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones (12) warms up before an NCAA football game against Illinois Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb) Comments   Share   last_img read more