Pink Jeep Tours offer new northern Arizona tour
Pink Jeep Tours have added an 11-hour tour route from Sedona to Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. This consists of a one-hour hike through Lower Antelope Canyon with a local Navajo guide, a 1.5 mile, round trip hike through Horseshoe Bend, lunch at Glen Canyon Dam with a shopping opportunity at the Cameron Trading Post. Price includes hotel pickup in Sedona, transport to and from Sedona, admission fees and lunch.
Co-owner of FnB restaurant in Scottsdale wins prestigious James Beard Award
Charleen Badman, chef and co-owner of FnB in Scottsdale, wins a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest category. The category includes chefs from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Badman was the only Arizona chef in the final round. Opened in 2009, FnB has a seasonally rotating menu that focuses on local vendors.
Collection of Mexican Folk Art donated to Tucson Museum of Art
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block received a donation of Mexican folk art from Vicki Ragan and Shepard Barbash, adding more than 1,210 individual works to TMA's Folk Art of the Americas collection. Pieces from the Ragan/Barbash collection will be displayed in autumn 2019. The collection contains nearly 3,000 objects from South, North and Central America.
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lake Havasu City's hottest city in America record
On June 29, 1994, Lake Havasu City reached 128 degrees, taking the title for the hottest city in America. The city is having a 25th anniversary celebration, Hot for Havasu, on June 29 this year from 3 – 6 pm at the Bridgewater Channel.
Sabino Canyon shuttle service resumes at Coronado National Forest in Tucson
The Sabino Canyon shuttle service in Tucson was postponed last June. The temporary service runs seven days a week on Upper Sabino Canyon route and Bear Canyon route. The Regional Partnering Center, Pima Association of Governments and Trams International, are working to create an electric shuttle service. The new 62 passenger electric shuttles expected later this year, will be equipped with an audio narration and interpretive system through headphones.
Aridus Wine Company named among top 'Hot Brands'
Aridus Wine Company founded by Scott and Joan Dahmer has been named among the top 'Hot Brands' in wine by Wine Business Monthly. The list recognises vintners, growers, wineries and wines making an industry statement while also exceeding quality expectations. Its growing location in the Chiricahua Hills appellation was of particular interest to the judging panel due to its proactive work toward becoming an entirely estate sourced operation.
Tonto National Monument designated as International Dark Sky Park
The Monument which provides exceptional opportunities to observe the night sky, has implemented efforts for preservation of the nocturnal environment and educational programmes for the public. The two-year process involved retrofitting lighting fixtures and bulbs throughout the Monument and interpreting the importance of preserving darkness. This brings the total number of Arizona International Dark Sky locations to 16.
Family-owned watercraft rentals in Parker announces Spring Break hours and rates
Parker Watercraft Rentals, the family-owned and operated personal watercraft company, announced their spring hours and rates. Pending water levels, patrons are invited to enjoy the Parker Strip with Parker Watercraft Rentals starting at $250 per day, plus tax and petrol. Full day rentals available 8 am - 6 pm include life jackets, safety equipment, anchor and dock line.
With so many airport hotels at Gatwick to choose from, how do you pick the best one for your needs? Award-winning airport parking operator and retailer Airport Parking & Hotels APH.com has compiled a top 12 list of hotels to help you start or end your holiday in style.
Best for those with easyJet flights:
Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport
Connected to the North Terminal via a covered walkway, this is the best choice for those travelling with easyJet, since the airline's check-in desks can be accessed quickly by foot. Guests can avoid early-morning traffic delays en route to the terminal and enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast and workout, if they are so inclined, at the hotel's 24-hour fitness centre.
Best for South Terminal passengers: Hilton London Gatwick Airport
The four-star hotel is connected to the South Terminal via a covered walkway and is ideal for those travelling with British Airways, Ryanair and Thomas Cook. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, fitness centre and several dining options.
Best for families: Holiday Inn Gatwick – Worth
Close to the new APH car park, the hotel is great for families and only ten minutes' drive from Gatwick. As well as providing travel cots, high chairs and family rooms, the hotel allows under 13s to eat free per every paying adult.
Best for a pre-flight workout: Crowne Plaza Felbridge
Want to keep your workout schedule while travelling? The four-star hotel offers a fitness centre, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool and recently-refurbished Chakra Spa with five treatment rooms. Gatwick's terminals are approx 15 minutes away.
Best for passengers travelling with Virgin Atlantic or Emirates: Sofitel London Gatwick
A four-star hotel directly connected to the North Terminal and is a good choice for long-haul travellers. Besides luxurious suites, the hotel has three restaurants, free Wi-Fi and several cocktail bars.
Best for those with afternoon flights: Holiday Inn Express Gatwick – Crawley
The three-star hotel is 4.5 miles away from the airport and offers guests a relatively late check-out time of midday, good for those with later flights. Holidaymakers who need some last minute shopping before heading to the airport can go to nearby Country Mall Shopping Centre.
Best for a night out in Crawley: Arora Hotel Gatwick Crawley
The four-star hotel in the town centre provides stylish accommodation and easy access to nightlife hotspots, including The Hive Bar and Moka, Crawley's largest nightclub. The hotel is also just a few minutes' walk away from the train station.
Best for budget travellers: Best Western Gatwick Skylane Hotel
For those on a budget, this three-star affordable hotel is conveniently located within a 15-minute drive of Gatwick Airport and has an on-site restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi .
Best for off-airport luxury: Sandman Signature London Gatwick Hotel
Four miles from the airport, this four-star hotel is in a peaceful location. It has an on-site fitness centre, indoor pool and all rooms have flat screen LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi.
Best for exploring Gatwick's surrounding area: Crowne Plaza London – Gatwick Airport
The four-star hotel is 3.5 miles away from the terminals and ideal for those keen to explore surrounding towns and villages including Crawley which is within walking distance. Guests can also enjoy a film and meal at the nearby Crawley Leisure Park.
Best for being close to the airport, but not near the runway: Airport Inn Gatwick
One of the closest off-airport hotels to the terminals, reached in less 10 minutes by car. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there is 24-hour room service.
Best for a few hours of sleep to avoid M25 delays: Gatwick Europa Hotel
15 minutes from Gatwick Airport, the Europa is a low-cost, no-frills, budget option for those who want to avoid potential M25 morning delays and only need a few hours sleep before flying from the North or South Terminal.
The Gambia Experience has launched its new brochure marking 32 years of operation to West Africa. Offering the widest choice of UK flights, with a flying time of around 6 hours between London and Banjul, the operator presents an extensive collection of holidays and adventures enabling visitors to experience more than simply the country's sunshine and golden sands.
Catering for all tastes and budgets, accommodation ranges from value beach hotels, all-inclusive and spa resorts to indulgent luxury hideaways, floating river lodges, wildlife and nature reserves within Luxury, Unique and Classic collections. Boat trips, overland excursions and home cooking days in a typical Gambian household are among experiences available through the company for private parties and groups.
Key locations to observe species of exotic birds and wildlife are included – from hotel gardens, nature reserves, the riverside or in the African bush, guided tours can be tailored for a minimum of two people.
To further showcase the region's waterways, The Gambia Experience has added a Rivers of West Africa mega yacht cruise, with four and seven-night itineraries departing early 2020 from Banjul.
For a memorable safari experience observing game, the company presents Fathala Wildlife Reserve in neighbouring Senegal, offering day trips and overnight stays or longer.
Featured hotels in beach resorts of north and south Senegal are now integrated within Gambia hotel collections and can provide a perfect add-on to a Gambia holiday or, as a stand-alone holiday with flights in and out of Dakar.
The Gambia Experience's product manager Karen Durham commented: “Capturing this colourful country through our collection of holidays, excursions and tours we can provide our customers with the perfect introduction to unspoiled Africa. We are thrilled to present some great multi-centre options alongside holiday extensions and excursion opportunities, including a Rivers of West Africa Cruise which adds another dimension to our exciting range of experiences."
More information at www.gambia.co.uk
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