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INVASION OF MONSTERS EXPECTED AT SKAMANIA LODGE DURING SPRING BREAK
Third Literary Event Features New York Times Best-Selling Author Nina Hess
Stevenson, Wash.Â - (March 10, 2010) -Skamania Lodge, an all-season mountain resort in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, announces its third Bed & Book-fest event, featuring local author Nina Hess, on Saturday, March 27 from 2-4 p.m.Â Hess will host a reading of her popular book, â€śA Practical Guide to Monsters,â€ť as well as lead a monster-making workshop that encourages creativity in children and allows them to design their own monsters.Â The activity will also include a milk and cookie reception with the author.Â
â€śSkamania Lodgeâ€™s family-friendly amenities make it a popular location during the Spring Break holiday,â€ť said Scott Spann, general manager for Skamania Lodge.Â â€śWorking with Nina Hess allows us to offer a creative activity for our younger guests to enjoy.â€ťÂ
Hessâ€™ book, â€śA Practical Guide to Monsters,â€ť debuted at number three on the New York Times bestseller list.Â The book is a fully illustrated overview of fantasy monsters from zombies and ghouls to mythological and fantastical creatures.Â Hess is a Seattle-based childrenâ€™s book editor and author of several early readers including â€śWhose Feet?â€ť from the Step into Reading Series.Â
Skamania Lodgeâ€™s Bed & Book-fest series is produced in collaboration with Kim Ricketts Book Events, a Seattle-based company connecting people, stories and ideas through author hosted events.Â
Skamania Lodgeâ€™s Bed & Book-fest with Nina Hess includes a copy of her book, â€śA Practical Guide to Monsters,â€ť and participation in Hessâ€™ monster-making workshop and milk and cookies reception.Â This event is available to Skamania Lodge Spring Break guests for $15 per child and to local residents not staying at Skamania Lodge for $20 per child.Â For more information about Skamania Lodge or to make reservations, please visit www.skamania.com or call (800) 221-7117.Â
About Skamania Lodge
Surrounded by the waterfalls, peaks, forests and canyons of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Skamania Lodge is an all-season mountain resort and conference center, situated on 175 acres, 50 minutes east of Portland, Ore., in Stevenson, Wash.Â With 254 guest rooms and a 22,000-square foot, International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) approved conference center, Skamania Lodge offers a destination for outdoor enthusiasts and groups.Â Skamania boasts the Waterleaf Spa, indoor swimming pool and whirlpools, a fitness center, onsite hiking, an 18-hole par-70 Golf Course that earned a four-star rating from Golf Digest magazine in their â€śBest Places to Playâ€ť for 2008, the Cascade Room, River Rock Lounge and the U.S. Forest Service Information Center located in the lobby.Â Skamania Lodge is centered in a Pacific Northwest playground with hiking, biking and Sternwheeler cruises along the Columbia River in the summer; skiing and snowshoeing in the winter; and golfing, fishing and whitewater rafting all year long for outdoor enthusiasts.Â Skamania Lodge is a spectacular location to soak in the natural beauty and to enjoy a vast array of outdoor activities. www.skamania.com.Â Â
About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Skamania Lodge is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.Â For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.Â
About Kim Ricketts Book Events
Kim Ricketts Book Events connects people with books by creating author events in non-traditional venues. We believe in the power of ideas and stories to spur innovation, stimulate discussion and make life more interesting. With years of experience in the book world, we are able to bring fascinating authors into your workplace and life. Over the years we have created and coordinated a wide variety of events, including chef dinners, workshops, ongoing corporate Author Series, cocktail parties and more.Â
In addition to our public series â€“ Cook & Books, Words & Wine, the Good Life and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce Legends & Leaders and Author/Speaker Series â€“ Kim Ricketts Book Events is pleased to serve a number of independent organizations and conferences. For more information, visit www.kimricketts.com.Â
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