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Travel Notes: April 15, 2012

By Staff, wire reports

Stonewall Taste of Spring

WESTON, W.Va. -- Stonewall Resort will offer outdoor adventure and special menus featuring local culinary delicacies during the Taste of Spring weekend, April 20-22.

Steve Ludwig, director of sales and marketing, event will include culinary demonstrations and special restaurant offerings featuring the ramp.

Menus may feature such dishes as cider-braised ramp and potato salad, potato gratin with gruyere cheese and roasted ramps, asparagus and ramp chowder and grilled pork cutlets with ramps and caramelized apples.

A spring herb and tomato planting seminar will be offered April 21.

The Taste of Spring event package includes overnight lodge accommodations and breakfast in Stillwaters Restaurant the following morning for $109 per night.

For more information on specific evening menus and reservations, call the resort at 888-278-8150 or visit the website at www.stonewallresort.com.

New York Titanic exhibit

NEW YORK -- A New York City exhibition on the Titanic will feature artifacts and also will examine the doomed ocean liner's place in popular culture.

It opens at the South Street Seaport Museum on Tuesday.

It is being presented at the museum's Melville Gallery in Lower Manhattan. That's across the street from the Titanic Memorial Lighthouse, which was dedicated in 1913.

Exhibition highlights include the original 1911 deck plan of the ship's first-class accommodations.

The continued fascination with the disaster will be illustrated through interactive features.

Items from various films on the Titanic include posters, publicity photos and costumes.

The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, after hitting an iceberg during its maiden voyage to New York from Southampton, England.

Grove Park Inn sold

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa in Asheville is being sold to a private equity company that plans a $25 million renovation as part of the resort's 100th anniversary next year.

KSL Capital Partners LLC said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the historic inn from an affiliate of Sammons Enterprises Inc. KSL is a private equity firm specializing in travel and leisure. It has offices in Denver and New York.

The Sammons family has owned the Grove Park Inn for nearly 60 years. The sale price wasn't disclosed.

The Grove Park is built of granite stones and overlooks the city of Asheville. Famous guests include author F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Jennings Bryan, who delivered the keynote address at the inn's opening in 1913.


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