Woodstock Resort’s Thulander wins Innkeeper award at Vermont Tourism Summit

first_imgWoodstock Inn & Resort,Vermont Business Magazine Gary S Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn & Resort, was awarded the Borden E. Avery Innkeeper of the Year by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce at the 34th Annual Vermont Tourism Summit, held April 5 & 6 at Stoweflake Resort, Stowe. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce Hospitality Awards are an important component of the Vermont tourism and hospitality sector. The awards presented each year at the Vermont Tourism Summit celebrate the hospitality and tourism industry’s vast contributions to the state economy, and acknowledge the award winners as stand-out achievers within the industry, who enhance Vermont’s iconic brand. Gary Thulander, left, GM of the Woodstock Inn is the Innkeeper of the year 2017, with Ronda Berns Vermont Chamber and Joe Carton, Westport Hospitality. Photo by David Burnell, Vermont Tourism“Gary Thulander is the epitome of a leader to his resort team and the community,” said Ronda Berns, Vice President of Tourism for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “With a global vision to make Woodstock a top destination in the Northeast, he is laser focused on ensuring the economic sustainability of the area and supporting the brand of Vermont.  His community activism perfectly aligns with his vision for the resort, resulting in a harmonious equation for success.”“This award is really about the dedicated team that brings their ‘A’ game to work every single day to keep our resort running like a well-oiled machine,” said Thulander.  “I share this award with each and every one of my teammates and with the board of the Woodstock Foundation. I’m honored to help execute their vision for the continued sustainability of the Woodstock Inn & Resort and our community,” he continued.Thulander’s leadership has already reaped rewards with 2015 reaching record occupancy not matched in decades as well as record revenues for the resort 2015 and 2016. He and his team’s efforts have been recognized by numerous reviewers touting the Woodstock Inn & Resort as one of the best resorts in the country and world. This includes Travel & Leisure’s top 500 hotels in the World, and Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards as the number one resort of choice in Vermont.Thulander joined Woodstock in the fall of 2013. A hospitality industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience, including seven years as general manager at The Equinox Resort & Spa, Manchester Village, VT, Thulander has worked with premier resorts throughout the East Coast and Caribbean.Thulander most recently served as general manager of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts in Saint Lucia, continuously voted as the top two resorts in the Caribbean. Prior to Anse Chastanet, Thulander was with Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla, where he was named Hotelier of the Year in 2009 by the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association. Additionally, Thulander has held various management positions at Colonial Williamsburg, Little Dix Bay, Chatham Bars Inn, Ocean Edge Inn and Resort and The Boulders. A native of Francistown, New Hampshire, Thulander received his college degree in Hotel Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He has received numerous hospitality awards, honors and recognitions and is a member of a broad array of hospitality and culinary associations including the New England Inns and Resorts Association and has served on the resort committee for the American Hotel & Lodging Association since 2008.About The Woodstock Inn & ResortLocated in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, The Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.About Preferred Hotels & ResortsPreferred Hotels & Resorts℠ is the world’s largest independent hotel brand, representing more than 650 distinctive hotels, resorts, residences, and unique hotel groups across 85 countries. Through its five global collections, Preferred Hotels & Resorts connects discerning travelers to the singular luxury hospitality experience that meets their life and style preferences for each occasion. Every property within the portfolio maintains the high quality standards and unparalleled service levels required by the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Integrated Quality Assurance Program. The iPrefer℠ guest loyalty program, Preferred Residences℠, Preferred Family℠, Preferred Pride℠, and Preferred Golf™ offer valuable benefits for travelers seeking a unique experience. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com(link is external).Source: Woodstock Inn. WOODSTOCK, VT (April 12, 2017)last_img read more


Pay on the night for AFC Bournemouth

first_imgEddie Howe’s Premier League outfit will make the trip to Ashton Gate as City conclude their pre-season calendar.Tickets have been priced at £11 for adults, £6 for senior citizens (65+) and Under-19s.The Lansdown Lower and South Stand are open to home supporters, with unreserved seating in operation.The game goes off sale online and over the phones at 5pm today (Friday). Supporters will then be able to pay on the day but please arrive early to avoid queues at the main ticket office next to the Atyeo statue.The friendly comes just eight days before Lee Johnson’s side get their 2018/19 Sky Bet Championship campaign under way.FIND YOUR SEATlast_img read more


Ravens officially ink first-round pick Hurst to rookie deal

first_imgThe Ravens have their entire 2018 draft class under contract a month before the start of training camp.First-round tight end Hayden Hurst became the 12th and final Baltimore draft pick to come to terms, officially signing a four-year deal expected to pay him just over $11 million. Contracts for first-round picks also include a fifth-year team option, meaning the Ravens could own the rights to the South Carolina product through the 2022 season.Hurst, 24, caught a combined 92 passes for 1,175 yards and three touchdowns over his final two seasons for the Gamecocks and was regarded as having some of the most reliable hands in the draft class. He and third-round pick Mark Andrews will be asked to bring play-making ability to the tight end position since incumbents Nick Boyle and Maxx Williams combined for just 43 catches last season and are considered stronger blockers than receivers.Hurst will need to buck a long history of even some of the most successful NFL tight ends struggling to make a major impact as rookies, but early reviews have been positive.“He’s just a talented guy. It matters to him. I’m excited about he and Mark,” head coach John Harbaugh said last month. “The tight ends have a lot of football on their plate. The biggest challenge that they have is to not think their way through the play. That’s always going to be the toughest thing when you have so many options as a tight end because you’re both in the run game and the pass game and the pass protection.”One of the criticisms of Hurst during the pre-draft process was his age as he will turn 25 in August and previously played minor league baseball for Pittsburgh, leaving some pundits to suggest he has a lower NFL ceiling. However, one could argue that the 6-foot-4, 250-pound tight end is more physically mature than the typical 21- or 22-year-old rookie and better equipped to deal with failure after his well-documented experiences with his baseball career, factors that could lead to more success early in his career.That maturity will play a role in how Hurst plans to spend his signing bonus at the very least.“Since this is my second go-round, there’s not much that I need,” said Hurst, who signed for $400,000 as the 17th-round pick of the Pirates in 2012. “I knocked that out the first time. I got a car, so nothing really comes to mind. I’ll probably just put it all away.”last_img read more


Mike Sorensen: Questions on the U.S. Open, Utah Jazz, Bryce Harper and more

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — Questions, questions, we’ve got questions this week about the U.S. Open, the Utah Jazz, NBA playoffs, Bryce Harper and golf in Utah.Who’d have ever believed that two golfers who once met in the Utah State Amateur finals would playing in this year’s U.S. Open? Daniel Summerhays grew up in Fruit Heights and went to Davis High School before going to BYU, while Tony Finau grew up in Rose Park, attended West High School before turning professional right out of high school. The pair played in the 2006 State Am finals with Finau edging Summerhays, fresh off his LDS mission. Although there have been plenty of adopted Utahns from Johnny Miller to Mike Reid to Mike Weir playing in the U.S. Open, it’s rare for more than one native Utahn to be in the same tourney.Who has a better chance of making the cut this week at the challenging Chambers Bay Golf Course, Tiger Woods or Finau or Summerhays? After Woods’ performance in his most recent tournement when another Utahn, Zac Blair, beat him by 15 strokes in an 18-hole round, I’m betting on the two Utah boys. You can follow both of them Thursday and Friday, playing two groups apart, (Finau 2:44 p.m. MT, Summerhays 3:06) right in front of Woods’ group.Who would ever have believed that the best Australian in the NBA playoffs would be undrafted Matthew Dellavedova instead of former No. 1 draft pick Andrew Bogut? The former Ute has been relegated to benchwarmer status in the Finals, including his DNP-CD Sunday night and Thursday when he had more fouls (3) than minutes played (2:45). On the other hand, Dellavedova has been the surprise player of the Finals, despite some inconsistent play, including Sunday.If the Warriors end up winning the NBA Finals, who should get the MVP, Stephen Curry or Andre Iguodala? Except for his abysmal free-throw shooting, Iguodala would be my choice at this point, the way he made a difference in Game 4 and 5 victories.Where is there a better basketball player in the world that LeBron James? He’s led his team to the brink of the NBA championship almost singlehandedly with a supporting cast of players that wouldn’t start for most NBA teams. It’s hard to argue with his numbers during the Finals, including his 40-point, 14-rebound and 11-assist game Sunday night, his second triple-double.Who would have believed that a prominent Mormon athlete would say publicly that he hates BYU? Washington’s Bryce Harper, the early leader for MVP in the National League, made the comment last week when asked about his favorite incorrect Mormon stereotype. “That everybody likes BYU that’s Mormon. I hate BYU. I can be a fan, but I just don’t like them. There’s a lot of Mormons that don’t like BYU,’’ Harper told the MLB Network.Who says people don’t care about golf in Salt Lake City? For the first time since the 1990s, the parking lot at Glendale Golf Course was full to the brim Saturday with many additional cars parked up and down 21st South and in the nearby Hampton Inn lot. It was quite an impressive group that showed up to protest the proposed closing of the golf course that has been around for more than 40 years. Of course if the lot was filled like that every Saturday, perhaps there wouldn’t be a proposal to shut down the course, but still, it’s a decision that should be looked at more closely before becoming final.Are there any teams in the NBA that do more homework on potential players than the Utah Jazz? After having 12 more players work out on Sunday, the number of players who have come through town since the end of the regular season, has now reached 84 with six more scheduled for Monday. If you include the 27 who came for a mini-camp last week, the number is well over 100. The Jazz brought in 90 players last year, plus 27 for a minicamp, so they will surpass last year’s total with another workout.So who are the Jazz going to pick from those 100-plus players in next week’s NBA draft which will be held June 25 in Brooklyn? Well, judging by last year, no one, as the Jazz selected Dante Exum with the No. 5 pick and Rodney Hood with the 23rd pick, neither of whom worked out in Salt Lake.last_img read more