Archive | December, 2014

Dr. Wilda Reviews: Ireland as a value vacation destination

31 Dec

Moi was invited to the “Jump into Ireland” presentation which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The presentation included a complimentary no host bar including Guinness and other beers along with dinner which showcased Irish food and consisting of:

Salmon Irish Soda Bread Scones Lamb Stew Roasted Potatoes Cabbage Corned Beef An assortment of Irish Cheese and Butter An assortment of deserts including Guinness Chocolate and Cheese Cake

Information about Ireland can be found at “Jump into Ireland”:

The headline of the presentation was no matter the number of stars one wants for their accommodation, Ireland delivers value from three stars to five stars at a price which is lower than continental Europe or Britain. A three star bed and breakfast starts at about $80 a night. The presentation emphasized the different regions of Ireland and the”Wild Atlantic Way” which is the longest designated driving route in the world. Another Highlight was Irish Design 2015 which is described as:

Irish Design 2015 is the start of a job creation journey exploring, promoting and celebrating Irish design and designers through events and activities on the island of Ireland and internationally….

Irish Design 2015 is a year of activities and presentations. Another interesting tidbit was Belfast’s association with the Titanic. Both Waterford Crystal and Guinness have stunning visitor centers. Belleek Pottery is one of the oldest working potteries in the world and has been in operation since 1857.

Getting to Ireland from the West Coast is easy with non-stop Aer Lingus service to Dublin from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Dublin service on Ethiopian Airlines. Ireland is a perfect vacation for the value conscious who want the European experience with great value and a choice of venues from urban sophistication, village, rural, or a golf experience. For those interested in fishing and hunting, one can also have those experiences. Accommodation ranges from bed and breakfast to castles and everything in between. The key word is value.

Because of the value, no matter how many stars wants for their accommodation, Dr. Wilda gives the presentation a thumbs up.

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There are several US partners to the “Jump into Ireland” campaign:

Brendan Vacations – Whitney Ramirez l (800) 687-1002 l

CIE Tours International – Angela Restivo l (214) 809-6257 l

Isle Inn Tours – Michael Hawe l (703) 683-4800 l

Sceptre Tours – Bonnie Garret l (800) 221-0924 l

Premier Golf – Bill Hogan l (866) 260-4409 l

Specialized Travel Services – Katie Daly l (800) 664-7474 l

Island of Ireland Based Partners:

Ballinahinch Castle – Carol Hinch l +353 (95) 31006 l

B&B Ireland – Helena Healy l +353 (71) 98 22222 l

Guinness Storehouse – Fiona Herald l

Shelbourne Hotel – Sheila O’Sullivan l +353 (1) 663 4500 l

Adams & Butler – Hallmark of Luxury Travel – Siobhan Byrne Learat l +353 (1) 288 9355 l

House of Waterford Crystal – David Mc Coy l

Secret Ireland Escapes – Mark O’Dwyer l

Ireland’s Blue Book – Michelle Maguire l +353 (1) 676 9914 l

Ashford Castle – Regina O’Donoghue l +353 (94) 9546003 l

Railtours Ireland First Class – Jim Deegan l +353 (1) 856 0045 l

Lough Eske Castle, A Solis Hotel & SPA – Sean Carney l +353 (74) 97 25100 l

Monart Hotel & SPA Liam Anthony Griffin l +353 (53) 92 38999 l

Northern Ireland Based Partners:

Fermanagh Lakelands Tourism/Lough Erne Golf Resort – Andrew Phelan & Tanya Cathcart l +44 (0) 28 6632 3110

National Trust Northern Ireland – Gillian Little l +44 (0) 28 9751 2365 l

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