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    News bites – 18 June 2022

    Alaska: What’s New in 2022


    Juneau. Image courtesy of Travel Alaska

    After seeing an influx of independent travellers and the return of both small and large ship cruising in the summer of 2021, the Alaska Travel Industry Association has been optimistic about what 2022 will bring. Alaska offers wide-open spaces in an out-of-the-ordinary destination.

    Accommodation


    Fairbanks. Image courtesy of Travel Alaska

    • Aloft Anchorage opened recently to cater to leisure travellers, as well as business guests, with rooms that feature spacious living quarters and ultra-comfortable signature beds together with walk-in showers. Guests will have no troubles recharging with plug-and-play connectivity stations and a 24-hour fitness centre, pool and more.
    • Now operating as a fly-in lodge for 2022 and 2023, Camp Denali is a remote lodge deep within Denali National Park and Preserve. Guests’ stays are enriched with guided hiking and activities led by staff naturalists, and special guest speakers (storytellers, biologists, conservationists and more) leading evening presentations.
    • Waterfall Resort, located on Prince of Wales Island, has recently added two new cabins to accommodate growing demand. After returning from an exciting day of fishing in Alaska, guests will be able to stay in brand-new cabins with additional features such as king size beds and heated floors. The addition makes a total of 28 cabins.
    • Kantishna Roadhouse, Alaska’s historic backcountry lodge at the foot of Mt. Denali, will be offering a new exclusive fly-in experience where visitors can fly into the area and experience the wildlife and beauty of the tallest mountain in North America.
    • Face The Outdoors Aurora Viewing Lodge in Delta Junction offers visitors the chance to sit back and relax in a comfortable lodge and watch the northern lights light up the sky right above them. The lodge offers complimentary shuttle service for the visitors to and from their overnight accommodations.

     Tours and Attractions


    Brown bears (grizzlies) Katmai National Park. Image courtesy of Travel Alaska

    • Coldfoot Camp located in Alaska’s Arctic region is offering two new tours. The “Fat Bike Adventure” will allow guests to bike along Slate Creek, along a maintained gold mine trail. The “Packraft Adventure” will have guests packrafting on the Koyukuk River in the Brooks Mountain Range and within the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.
    • Major Marine Tours recently welcomed a new vessel to their fleet. The Skana, a custom-built 87-foot high-speed catamaran will begin running trips from Seward into Kenai Fjords National Park after May 11th. Passengers will have a unique, unforgettable viewing experience of the area’s glaciers, scenery, and wildlife as the third deck of the vessel has unobstructed 360-degree views and ample outdoor viewing space.
    • Go Hike Alaska has launched its “Backcountry Eats & Foraging Treats” tour. With two options, either in the Chugach State Park in Anchorage or around Montana Creek outside of Talkeetna, guests spend two hours foraging for in-season items like wild greens, mushrooms, berries and more. The guide also teaches guests ways to prepare these items using backcountry stoves.
    • Waterfall Resort, just a quick floatplane ride outside of Ketchikan, will be upping its offerings this summer, with a new kayak fishing experience, guided by seasoned kayak angler Adam Fisk. This tour will accommodate groups of up to four and allow guests to fish directly from a 13-foot kayak.


    Brown Bear in Alaska. Image courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

    • Klondike Electric Bicycles will be offering two new tours in Skagway. “Skagway City Highlights and Gold Panning Tour” is a guided e-bike tour taking visitors to attractions throughout the historic town and letting them try a hand at gold panning. The “Self-Guided E-Bike Tour to Dyea” allows visitors to explore the ghost town on their own, taking in the beautiful scenery and Klondike Gold Rush history.
    • Salmon Berry Travel & Tours will be offering a new Hatcher Pass Hike & History Tour in the state park north of Anchorage. This half-day tour departs from downtown Anchorage and highlights the Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass with a behind-the-scenes guided tour at the mine, a short hike and gold panning at the creek.
    • Moose Pass Adventures will be offering guided tours and kayak rentals on Trail Lake on the Kenai Peninsula this summer, sharing the beauty of Moose Pass on the glacially fed lake. They will offer three rental times daily.
    • Alaska Crafted Tour and Cruise Transfer offers a new way to cruise while you “taste your way through the Alaska craft beverage scene.” Visitors can either take a fully guided tour and transfer with options out of Seward through the mountains of the Kenai Peninsula and tastings at Girdwood Brewing Co., Anchorage Distillery, and Double Shovel Cider Co., or from the historic port city of Whittier with a lunch atop Mt. Alyeska.
    • The Coyote Trail Farm & Fiber Mill combines a love for fibre arts with the joy of raising beautiful, fluffy animals. They connect livestock farmers and small flock owners with Alaska’s fibre artists. The fibres produced are used to create original artworks, wearables and quality household items. Skeins and roving products from their mill are also available for sale online, in their farm shop and at select Alaska markets. During the tour, guests learn about the different methods for each breed and challenges transforming their unique Alaska fibre into roving and yarn.

    Cruises


    Kayaker touches iceberg in Aialik Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, Southcentral Alaska. Image courtesy of Travel Alaska by Gary Scott

    • Small-ship cruise line Windstar Cruises will have new, shorter seven-day sailings for the first time ever called Scenic Alaska. The shorter itineraries in the region will make it easier for working professionals and families to get away for an epic, small ship cruise adventure. It has an inaugural stop in Haines, where brand-new excursions include a Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Float Trip, a photography discovery experience with a pro, and a White Pass railroad excursion, among other options. Windstar also has a newly revamped Star Breeze all-suite yacht that has two new restaurants, a true spa/fitness centre, and more efficient engines, among other improvements. Star Breeze will sail all of Windstar’s Alaska itineraries in 2022.
    • Princess Cruises has launched its debut “Wild for Alaska Seafood” immersive destination dining experience aboard six vessels in 2022. Adding to Princess Cruises’ popular “only in Alaska” menus, this new program will offer 30 distinctive Alaska seafood dishes with featured items every night in all main dining rooms. This will provide a more authentic and memorable experience for guests cruising Alaska’s waters while showing Alaska’s diverse seafood and history.

    Towns


    Denali National Park. Image courtesy of Travel Alaska

    • The town of McCarthy, located in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, has many new offerings and events this summer. The new Copper Town Shuttle will provide free shuttle services to all in the McCarthy and Kennicott area in the park. The first loop will travel between the footbridge parking lot and the McCarthy Center Store. Another free shuttle loop travels between the McCarthy Center Store and the Kennicott Mill Site. In addition, the Kate Kennedy House, previously identified as one of the ten most endangered historic buildings in Alaska, has been fully restored and is now available to tour. This 1920s era “Sears Catalogue Home” includes many period amenities like a working victrola with record collection and a 1930 antique automobile. The Golden Saloon also has added a new bandstand. Music performances will be offered Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. The town is also having a major facelift this summer with the reinstallation of the boardwalks through the town.
    • The Inside Passage port town of Skagway is ready for the return of cruise travellers this summer. Visitors will be able to experience trail infrastructure in its finest condition and many special events that include “An Evening with David Sedaris”, a Drag Show featuring GiGi Monroe and the Cast of Juneau Drag, and the Cast of Juneau Drag at Dedman’s Stage, and Duff’s Skagway Marathon.

    Zumbo creates a high QTea in Sydney


    QTea Adriano Zumbo. Courtesy of QT

    Start flexing your littlest finger; QT Sydney has created a high tea for modern Marie Antoinettes, partnering with Adriano Zumbo, the master pâtissier famed for his Croquembouche and macarons.

    Much like everything Zumbo touches, and as QT breathes, the launch of QTea upends the traditional notion of high tea, adding a dash of quirk for luxury loungers looking for a sweet sanctuary in the heart of Sydney’s city centre. The menu is a suitably extravagant affair featuring a mix of sweet and savoury dishes, including a nostalgic roster of Zumbo’s most famous sensations paired with a line-up of never-before-tasted delicacies. You can expect Sconez, an unexpected twist on the expected, and Just Love Me, a chocolate, raspberry and pistachio piece of perfection and a delectable white glazed yuzu vanilla cake.

    The classic Zumbo Passionfruit Tart is served alongside Zumbo’s iconic macarons, known as Zumbarons. Other dishes include Lobster Rolls bursting with Champagne lobster, coconut, chilli and lime mayo, Caesar Sliders and Goat Cheese Tarts.


    QTea QT Sydney and Zumbo. Courtesy of QT

    Delivered in QT Sydney’s luxurious lobby and Studio Q, DJ spinning eclectic tunes and the clink of the flowing Champagne trolley; the experience allows guests to revel in main character energy. For a high tea experience like no other, guests are encouraged to play with their food, perched pretty on custom stands and Perrier Jouet Champagne paired to every palm. Every detail has been curated in collaboration with the creator of culinary curiosities, Adriano Zumbo and QT Sydney including a bespoke Blueberry Macaron tea. Revellers can also pop the cork on a selection of 60 Champagnes from the hotel’s multi award-winning wine list.


    QTea QT Sydney and Zumbo. Courtesy of QT

    Adriano Zumbo shot to fame from the first season of Masterchef with his daring Croquembouche creation and is the host of Netflix series, Sugar Rush. QT Sydney’s QTea experience will be the only location in the world where guests can indulge in Zumbo’s iconic high tea.

    Cancel all weekend plans, QT Sydney is making it reign on a world of pure indulgence at QTea – A High Tea that isn’t for the quaint-hearted. QTea will be available to book from $95 per guest from Saturday 29 May, available Saturdays and Sundays, with 11am, 1pm and 3pm sittings.

    QTea by Adriano Zumbo at QT Sydney
    Saturday and Sunday, 11am, 1pm, 3pm
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