Along The Travel Scene

Monday, January 20, 2014 - by Diane Siskin

Information gathered from various outlets about what are the latest happenings in the world of travel.

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New Year Greetings from Hollywood East


Wilmington, North Carolina’s historic River District and island beaches have long attracted visitors, yours truly included. But now the city by the sea is attracting movie buffs as well.

Since  Hollywood first came calling in 1983, the city and its island beaches have logged more movie production including the largest production to date, Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3.’’ This movie was 2013’s highest grossing film!

Other films shot in the area in 2013 include “We’re the Millers” and “The Conjuring.”

In 2014 Fox TV’s new made-in-Wilmington series “Sleepy Hollow” will return for its second season of filming at EUE/Screen Gerr on location in coastal North Carolina.

On Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. EST the show’s Season 1 Finale will air on FOX.

Congratulations to the “Iron Man 3” for winning three of the 2014 Peoples Choice Awards, including favorite movie and favorite action movie star, Robert Downey Jr.

CBS TV’s “Under the Dome,” also filmed in the Wilmington area and won “Variety’s TV Breakthrough of the Year.” The cast and crew will be back for Season 2 filming.

Also this year will see the release of Melissa McCarty’s film “Tammy,’’ which was also filmed in Hollywood East.

For an up-to-date behind-the-scenes “Wilmywood” scoop you can check out these blogs: http://willmonfilm.blogsstarnewsonline.com/and www.wilmywoodnc.com.

So you can see that filmmakers and visitors alike favor the mild climate, island beaches and varied landscapes and architecture of this historic town.

Wilmington seems to have an independent spirit, charm and energy which nourish the souls of all its visitors.

The city’s location on the East Coast is closer than you may realize. It is an easy drive from I-95 via I-40 and US 74. Or you can fly into the Wilmington International Airport (ILM) which is located only 10 minutes from the river and 20 minutes from the beach. ILM offers direct service to/from Atlanta.

For more information check www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com



If You Find Yourself in Rome in Winter …


Believe or not, any season when in Rome is wonderful. Winter in the city finds the streets less crowded and the weather is still sunny, but cooler.

This is the time of year to experience one of the world’s great cities as the locals do.

The Romans “Hang Out” in the Monti District. So if you want to be with the locals book at stay at some of the Bettoja Hotels in the area and you won’t have to walk far to experience their lifestyle.

To shop like a Roman and dine like one go to: Via del Boschetto, Via del Serpenti, Via Leonina, and Via Panisperna and the side streets that connect them. Check out www.inromenow.com

This site will point out vintage shops, some of which, like Pulp, include designer vintage collections think Gucci and Chanel.

At Le Talpe every month they completely switch out everything in the store, showcasing different local designers, jewelers and artists. According to a well-recognized resource, no matter what the month, the store, on the Via Panisperna, is fantastic to explore.

At Colpo de Tacco, they sell many 1950 style t-straps and black heels made in brightly colorful leathers from Italy’s Marche region; you can always discover a find. It is located on the Via del Boshetto.

To eat like a Roman head to Urbana 47, this restaurant features farm-to-table organic seasonal fare and its décor is warmly retro. It is open for dinner through midnight.

La Carbonara is an old-school cozy trattoria-style restaurant serving dishes since 1906. It is currently favored by young musicians and actors. Try the artichoke antipasto selections if you go.

So if you need questions answered or more tips for your trip to Rome check out “New Friend in Rome”” on the Bettoja Hotels facebook page.

On this site you will learn that you can use the Metro ticket on buses too. And that there are special “shopping’ buses only at the popular shopping sites.

Also consider staying at the Mediterranco, or the Massimo D’Azeglio, or the Atlantico, or the Nord Nuova Roma Hotels belonging to the Bettoja Hotels of Rome an old and established hotel company dedicated to providing a true Roman experience to all its guests.www.bettojahotels.com



The Four Seasons Hotel Company Wants You to the Feel the Magic in Orlando


You can be among the first guests at the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World in August if you book now.

Those of you who prefer your Disney visit to be both magical and luxurious can experience the Walt Disney World Resort like never before starting on August 3, 2014.

It is on that date the new Four Seasons Resort set within the gates of the Walt Disney World Resort will open.

This new resort within a resort will combine the best of both worlds, as much Disney magic as you like with the unrivaled luxury of a Four Seasons Hotel.

Your family can start the day with a Disney Character breakfast which is offered twice weekly and then partake of complimentary luxury transportation to the Theme Parks.

Younger guests can join the hotel’s Kids for All Seasons program on the five acre Explorer Island, while parents can unwind by the adults-only pool,  play a round of golf, or relax in the hotel’s full-service spa.

Advance reservations are required and some of the offers will be subject to availability.


By Diane Siskin

dianesiskin@mediacombb.net                          

  


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