Meet Karen Staples

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Karen Staples was recently hired as the Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake in Utah.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as Northeast director of convention sales for Visit Salt Lake?

Two Roads Hospitality Wins Conde Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has recognized Two Roads Hospitality in 19 categories in the hotel and results section for their 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Get to Know: Bucks County


Population: 625,000-plus

Location: Being near multiple cities is a luxury not every city has, but if you visit Bucks County, the options are endless. Located only 25 miles from Philadelphia, Bucks County is also 75 miles from New York City and 125 miles from Baltimore. The Delaware River runs along the eastern and some southern parts of the county.

Get to Know: Lancaster, PA


Lancaster may be the capital city of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, but don’t let the surrounding farms fool you—it packs a serious city-chic punch. From a hotel right smack in the middle of everything to a restaurant with a treehouse to a gigantic complex for sports enthusiasts, Lancaster has something for everyone.

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The Hershey Harrisburg Region is the Ultimate Two-for-One Meeting Location


As the capital of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg is a town with a rich and storied history that spansmore than 200 years. Nestled in the Susquehanna Valley, Harrisburg has played a vital role in shaping American history, whether functioning as a major link for rail and water transportation or as the setting of many Civil War battles. Hershey, just east of Harrisburg, is where Hershey chocolate is made, earning it the nickname “Chocolatetown, USA.”

Lambertville Delights Visitors With Small-Town Look & Big-Time Feel

There are outsiders who think New Jersey is simply shopping malls, smokestacks and highways, but those of us who live here know better. We smile at the “Joysey” jokes because the joke’s on them. After all, they’re the ones missing out on the many charms of the state’s small towns. Lambertville, perched above the Delaware River, is one of those very gems. This river town is at once historic and current. It’s a destination that’s free of tourist traps, making it a visitor’s paradise. And, it’s just the place to plan your next meeting or event.

Cape May Offers Historic and Quaint Charm

TRAVEL AS FAR SOUTH on the Garden State Parkway as possible and you’ll happen upon Exit 0, otherwise known as Cape May. Hugging the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at the very southern tip of New Jersey, Cape May is a National Historic Landmark that preserves its Victorian heritage and pristine beaches. Just 2.5 square miles, tiny Cape May offers a rich variety of formal and fun. It may be a short road trip from New York or Philadelphia, but quaint Cape May is worlds apart from the hustle and bustle.

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