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Give Him A New York City Pass for Father's Day

Coming up with the perfect Father’s Day gift is never an easy task. But if Dad’s been looking for an excuse to hit the Big Apple, the New York Pass grants access to more than 55 of the top sites and attractions across the city for a single price, many with exclusive “fast-track” entry privileges, allowing card holders to whiz past long lines.

Some of the 55 New York Pass attractions include Top of the Rock; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Guggenheim; The Whitney; The Museum of Natural History; the Museum of Television and Radio; Bodies…the Exhibition, and MOMA. Behind-the-scenes tours at Madison Square Garden; NBC studios; Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. Free entry to zoos, aquariums, parks and gardens, and places of interest like Madam Tussaud’s; The Empire State Building Observation Deck; New York Skyride, the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island ferry. The New York Pass also includes shopping discounts at stores like Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s-it even includes discounts on New York City helicopter rides. 

New York Pass offers single-day passes regularly priced at $75 for adults, $55 for children; two-day passes, $120 for adults, $100 for children; three-day passes, $150 for adults, $130 for children; and seven-day passes, $190 for adults and $150 for children.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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This Year Dad is King at Ashford Castle

With Mother’s Day barely behind us, it is time to give our full attention to Dad—because he needs pampering, too! In celebration of Father’s Day this year, Ashford Castle is offering fathers the perfect getaway in the Green Isle. From the great outdoors to one of the “hottest” tables in Ireland—and beer—Dad has never had it so good.

Ashford CastleThe Father’s Day package includes:

  • Two nights’ luxurious accommodations fit for a king
  • Full Irish breakfast each day
  • Table d’hôte dinner one evening in the George V Restaurant
  • Choice of falconry lesson in Ireland’s First School of Falconry or a fly fishing lesson in the picturesque Lough Corrib and the River Cong
  • Special bonus: Guinness tasting that includes Ashford Castle’s signature Arthur’s Bellini - created exclusively for Ashford Castle to mark Guinness’ 250th anniversary  (guests need to give the code “FD 10” when booking)

Ashford CastleA highlight of this Father’s Day experience will be a meal in the grandeur of the George V dining room, whose renowned Head Chef Stefan Matz was recently awarded “Best Chef” by Ireland’s newly launched Good Eating Guide 2010-2011.  With creative cooking, locally sourced produce and inspired use of seasonal ingredients, Chef Matz has crafted an innovative menu that has produced what is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Ireland.

Priced at €850 (approximately US$1,060), the package is based on double occupancy.  Additional nights may be booked from €188 (approximately US$235) per person, per night.

For more information on Ashford Castle or for other special offers, visit www.ashford.ie.       

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Treat Dad To A Five-Star Irish Father's Day At Ashford Castle

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and Ashford Castle, arguably Ireland’s most luxurious castle hotel, is rolling out the red carpet for fathers everywhere with a special Father’s Day Package.


Ashford CastleGuests who book two consecutive nights at €385 (approximately US$543) per person during Father’s Day weekend will get a third night on the house, including breakfast. Additionally, Dad will receive one complimentary activity of his choice on Father’s Day, June 21. Perhaps he’ll fancy the rare opportunity of a falconry lesson? Or maybe an archery lesson will be in order? Dad will have plenty of activities to choose from, with other options including clay shooting, horseback riding, golf and fly fishing.

For guests who can’t make it in time for Father’s Day, Ashford Castle is also celebrating its 70th birthday and is offering a package with similar perks that is valid through December 22, 2009. In addition to receiving a third night free when two consecutive nights are booked, guests who will turn 70 this year, two guests with a combined age of 70 or couples celebrating a 70th wedding anniversary will receive a welcome bottle of champagne to toast the special occasion. This offer is priced at €770 (approximately US$1,077) for three nights.

For more information, visit: http://www.ashford.ie.

About Ashford Castle:
Ashford Castle, which dates back to 1228, is set on 350 acres of County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian center, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, Ireland’s first school of falconry and sporting clay shooting. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service, round out the amenities.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".