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News Article | May 18, 2017
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More than two dozen hotel and resort properties from Gemstone Collection and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels roll out their finest summer travel values of the season on Tuesday, May 30th when they celebrate their annual Summer Cyber Tuesday program. With a collection of limited-time travel sale opportunities of up to 50% off, summer adventure-seekers can take advantage of this exclusive one-day cyber event that serves up a chance to explore destinations reaching from Massachusetts to Hawaii. "This summer should be an outstanding travel season and we wanted to kick it off with a compelling selection of travel experiences for everyone," notes Ted Davis, Benchmark's Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. Participating properties include the following: The Nautical Beachfront Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property in Lake Havasu City, offers up to 35% off stays during its Summer Cyber Tuesday sale. Guests booking three night getaways between July 1 and July 31, 2017 will receive 15% off; guests staying five nights will receive 25% off; and those checking in for seven nights or longer will secure 35% off. Nestled on an island along the shores of Lake Havasu, The Nautical is the only beachfront resort in Arizona and a landmark in the city’s history. Its 139 rooms and suites overlook the lake and complement notable amenities such as three restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, courtesy docks, an executive golf course, and onsite watersport rentals. Escape to Spanish Garden Inn this summer and discover a jewel among Santa Barbara’s luxury hotels. Guests booking accommodations on Summer Cyber Tuesday for the month of June will earn a savings of $50 that may be applied to stays in one of Spanish Garden Inn’s 24 thoughtfully-appointed rooms and suites. This intimate retreat is set in the heart of the city’s historic Presidio District and is just blocks from the area’s finest shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Mayfair Hotel in downtown LA offers 20% off stays two nights or longer for guests checking in through September 2017. The Mayfair’s ideal downtown location invites visitors to indulge in everything LA LA Land has to offer – from outdoor adventure and beach activities to cultural events at the famed Staples Center – proving that summer really is the best time of year to explore America’s vibrant entertainment capital. Stay too cool for school this summer with 20% off stays in the newly renovated Graduate Berkeley, formerly Hotel Durant. Available for travel now through August 2017, this Summer Cyber Tuesday package invites guests to explore this world renowned, historic university town that has a worldly and eccentric character all its own. At Chaminade Resort & Spa, Summer Cyber Tuesday gives guests SUNsational savings of 40% off accommodations in the quintessential beach town of Santa Cruz. Chaminade Resort & Spa offers an outdoor heated pool, day spa, two onsite restaurants, and hiking trails throughout the resort, plus convenient access to Santa Cruz’s hottest summer attractions. This Summer Cyber Tuesday, Garden of the Gods Collection in Colorado Springs offers 40% savings on travel between November 2017 and April 2018. Guests visiting this luxury resort that sits perched high atop a mesa will enjoy stunning views of snow-capped Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods National Landmark. Also located in Colorado Springs, Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers up to 25% off their best available rate for reservations booked on Summer Cyber Tuesday for travel through August. A complimentary room upgrade, access to an expansive collection of resort amenities and activities, plus discount coupons at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo are also included. Those looking for a fall getaway can secure 30% off select dates in September, October, and November. In Vail, Tivoli Lodge invites guests to enjoy 40% off two night stays between June 1 and October 14, 2017. This mountain escape is steeped in old-world charm and features 66 spacious rooms with mountain or Vail Village views, and most with in-room fireplaces. Visitors can enjoy causal and fine dining on property, as well as easy access to Vail and Lionshead villages via a complimentary town shuttle located just outside the lodge. Gloria & Emilio Estefan’s Costa ‘d Este Beach Resort & Spa offers guests savings of 40% off its best available rate when booking on Summer Cyber Tuesday for stays through September 30th. This 94-room resort sits along 1,000 feet of Atlantic shoreline in quaint Vero Beach on central Florida’s Treasure Coast. Guests enjoy a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool, beach activities, indoor and outdoor dining and drink options, an intimate spa, fitness center, and wellness classes that include Zumba, yoga, and Barre. The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando, Orlando’s newest destination resort, offers 50% off their best available rate for reservations booked on Summer Cyber Tuesday. Opened in March 2017, The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando is a family-centric hotel located in a serene natural setting just three miles from Disney’s Western Way entrance. The Grove features large one, two and three bedroom residential-style suites, all with full kitchens and living/dining areas, washer/dryers, and screened balconies, plus amenities that include three swimming pools, multiple food and drink options, a full-service spa, and lakeside pier with watersports, paddle boats, and fishing. Marenas Beach Resort, a Gemstone Collection property in Sunny Isles Beach just north of Miami, offers 50% off its spacious one-bedroom suites for guests checking in on select dates now through December 21, 2017. This beachfront resort is ideally located between Fort Lauderdale and Miami with access to top shopping at Aventura Mall and Bal Harbour Shops, water sports, and golf. Located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Beachwalk Resort, a Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property in Hallandale Beach, is offering 30% off accommodations on Summer Cyber Tuesday with rates as low as $103 per night, valid for travel through December 21, 2017. At Beachwalk, guests are perfectly positioned to take advantage of all South Florida’s sports, shopping and recreational offerings. Villas of Grand Cypress, a Four Star, Four Diamond Gemstone Collection property in Orlando offers up to 40% off stays between June and December, or 50% off the best available rate on pre-paid getaways during that same timeframe. The 1,500-acre property, located adjacent to Walt Disney World, presents expansive multi-bedroom villas that feature full kitchens, living and dining areas, and spacious club suites, as well as in-room spa treatments. Turtle Bay Resort, a rare gem of a destination and truly iconic Hawaiian landmark, offers rates this Summer Cyber Tuesday from $249 per night for stays between August 21-December 21, 2017. A Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property and the only resort of its kind, Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore of Oahu in an idyllic setting that serves as the perfect base to get fully immersed in the authentic island experience. The resort is situated on a majestic outcropping with panoramic views of breathtaking shoreline from every room. And - with room to roam across more than 850 acres of property, this is the place to literally get away from it all. Amp up summer weekends with an escape to Eaglewood Resort & Spa, where the best of Chicagoland’s music scene will fill the nights with the cool vibes at the hotel’s Sounds of Summer concert series. Located near Chicago in Itasca, Eaglewood Resort & Spa offers guests booking on Summer Cyber Tuesday 25% off overnight packages, with rates starting at just $165 per night. Packages are inclusive of deluxe accommodations at this Chicago-area resort, plus two beverage vouchers, a “Divvy It Up” appetizer, preferred seating at the Sounds of Summer show, a $25 resort credit, and breakfast buffet for two. Plus, guests can enjoy everything this luxe-minded resort has to offer – from spa treatments to golf. Copley Square Hotel, located in Boston’s vibrant Back Bay neighborhood, celebrates the start of summer with 30% off stays now through Labor Day. Guests will enjoy accommodations in one of the hotel’s 143 guest rooms or suites, plus complimentary AM Power Hour with bottled water, granola bars, jogging maps, and crisp towels, along with Wi-Fi, freshly brewed tea and coffee service each morning, and an engaging Copley Cocktail Hour each evening. New Jersey This Summer Cyber Tuesday, The Heldrich Hotel offers 25% off its best available rate for stays between June 1st and August 31st. This New Brunswick hotel sits at the heart of the downtown area near the Rutgers University campus. Its prime location is just steps from three preforming arts centers and an array of exquisite restaurants, making it a gateway to the city’s vibrant theater and culinary scene and an ideal pick for leisurely weekend getaways. Doral Arrowwood celebrates summer with an exclusive Summer Cyber Tuesday offer of 30% off stays between now and Labor Day. Set on 114 wooded acres just 30 miles north of Manhattan, Doral Arrowwood is the New York metro-area’s top resort. Summer at Doral Arrowwood brings a myriad of outdoor activities and dining opportunities including sunrise yoga on the lawn, outdoor movies, dinners featuring locally-sourced ingredients, and al fresco dining or cocktails at Mulligans Outdoor Cafe overlooking the resort’s challenging nine-hole golf course. Tennessee The Chattanoogan in downtown Chattanooga offers significant savings for Summer Cyber Tuesday. Guests will receive 50% off room rates when making a non-refundable reservation or 40% off if booking a refundable reservation. This upscale property features 199 guest rooms and suites, three dining options, a full-service spa, and 25,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space. San Antonio’s Hotel Contessa marks Summer Cyber Tuesday with rates starting at just $139 per night. The all-suite hotel, located directly on the city’s famed Riverwalk, is within walking distance to museums, theaters, historical sites such as The Alamo, and a short drive to area attractions. The hotel boasts spacious suites, a rooftop pool, fitness center, spa, restaurant and concierge. Topnotch Resort, a luxury mountainside retreat situated on 120 acres in Stowe, celebrates Summer Cyber Tuesday with an offer of 25% off stays from June through September. Guests can enjoy one of the resort’s 68 rooms and indulge in outstanding dining and spa experiences, or participate in summer activities such as horseback riding, tennis, fly fishing, mountain biking and discovering the history of the area. Summer Cyber Tuesday savings are available at The Essex, Vermont's culinary resort and spa. This one-day sale offers up to 33% off stays at this Burlington retreat through July 31, 2017. Guests at The Essex can dine al fresco at either of resort’s two restaurants, Junction or The Tavern, explore the gardens and grounds, and interact with chefs as they pick produce for the upcoming meal. Discover Virginia’s Blue Ridge this summer with limited time savings on destination experience packages at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. Guests booking stays on Summer Cyber Tuesday can enjoy 20% off the hotel’s top packages July 2-9, 2017. Experiences include the Train Lovers package, the Black Dog Salvage TV Tour package, Roanoke Mountain Adventure package, and the Roanoke Food Tour package. Set in the Roanoke Valley and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historic Hotel Roanoke offers a scenic escape and easy access to downtown Roanoke, nightlife, museums, and the outdoors. Save 20% on the best available rate at The Inn at Virginia Tech on Summer Cyber Tuesday. Nestled between the breathtaking Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains in the New River Valley, The Inn at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is the only hotel on Virginia Tech’s campus. Valid with advance purchase for stays through August 31st, The Inn at Virginia Tech’s Summer Cyber Tuesday offer is the perfect opportunity to explore the area booming with outdoor fun and summer festivities. Stonewall Resort offers 30% off stays through October 2017 for bookings made on Summer Cyber Tuesday. West Virginia’s only AAA Four Diamond lakeside resort, Stonewall is an Adirondack-style lodge that delivers rustic charm, exceptional service and lovely interior stylings. From the well-appointed lodge room, guests enjoy a view of Stonewall Jackson Lake or the beautiful rolling mountains of the surrounding state park property. While on property, visitors can experience the #3 Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Course in the United States, relax in Mtn. Laurel Spa, spend a day kayaking, boating or fishing on the second largest lake in West Virginia, and dine in the resort’s three onsite restaurants. Get up to 20% off at Willows Lodge in Woodinville Wine Country near Seattle, where the colors seem richer, the air is fresher, and everything just tastes better. Guests booking on Summer Cyber Tuesday will receive 10% off guest accommodations for one night stays, 15% off for two night stays, and 20% off for getaways three nights or longer. At Willows Lodge, guests can explore local wineries and tasting rooms - many within walking distance to the hotel, take a ride on the resort’s complimentary bikes, unwind in the outdoor relaxation pool or in the Fireside Lounge with a glass of Washington wine and delicious appetizers, or dine in the highly acclaimed Barking Frog restaurant that offers innovative seasonal menus prepared by Chef Bobby Moore. Check into Seattle’s Hotel Deca on select dates through September 30th and enjoy 20% off the best available rate during the city’s most sun soaked season. Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant University District, Hotel Deca’s Sky Level floor guestrooms invite visitors to enjoy the splendor and exhilarating views of the Seattle and Puget Sound area from a most stylish and well-appointed guestroom. Snow King Resort offers 20% off select dates through the rest of 2017 for bookings made on Summer Cyber Tuesday. Snow King's western-inspired hotel guest rooms and the luxurious Grand View Lodge condos, that range from studio to 4 bedrooms, are also included. Snow King Resort is the town of Jackson's only slope side resort, which makes for accessible skiing in the winter & unforgettable mountain activities for the whole family in the summer. Minutes away from historic Town Square, Snow King provides a convenient base camp for all Jackson Hole has to offer. Head for the southern Caribbean this summer and explore the Four Diamond-rated Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort with 50% off best available rates on guest accommodations that offer views of the Caribbean Sea. A Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property on the island of Curacao, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is located on 27 ocean side acres and features amenities and activities such as guided hiking tours, diving, championship golf, an intimate spa with indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, multiple restaurant options, three swimming pools, and a white-sandy beach bordered by a crystal-clear swimming lagoon. The Gemstone Collection includes distinctive hand-picked properties in spectacular and popular U.S. destinations coast to coast. Each upscale resort and hotel destination provides highly-personalized service and luxury reflective of the charm and unique character of the destination, while in keeping with the collection’s shared mission and passion for excellence. A distinguished portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years, the Gemstone Collection is the preferred choice of guests who yearn for inspiring and transformative experiences, customization over conformity, stimulation over predictability, and adventure over routine. http://www.gemstonehotelcollection.com To become a fan on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/GemstoneHotelCollection, or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/GemstoneHotels, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/gemstonehotels, and on Pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels/gemstone-hotels Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® features the finest in lodging, dining, recreational and meeting accommodations. Featuring unique and distinctive properties renown for exceptional service and for creating unforgettable memory-making experiences, it is the signature portfolio of BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, which has been a leading US-based hospitality management company for nearly 40 years. Many Benchmark Resort & Hotels' properties are certified by IACC, the association that represents the finest meeting venues and services globally, and many have also been recognized with the coveted Benchmark Conference Centers® certification of meeting excellence. http://www.benchmarkresortsandhotels.com. To become a fan on Facebook, visit http://www.facebook.com/BenchmarkResortsandHotels Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BenchmarkHotels, on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/benchmarkresortsandhotels, and on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/benchmarkhotels


Cutting K.A.,U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service | Anderson M.L.,The University of Montana Western | Beever E.A.,U.S. Geological Survey | Beever E.A.,Montana State University | And 4 more authors.
Auk | Year: 2016

Seasonal fluctuations in food availability can affect diets of consumers, which in turn may influence the physiological state of individuals and shape intra- and inter-specific patterns of resource use. High-elevation ecosystems often exhibit a pronounced seasonal "pulse" in productivity, although few studies document how resource use and energetic condition by avian consumers change in relation to food-resource availability in these ecosystems. We tested the hypothesis that seasonal increases (pulses) in food resources in high-elevation sagebrush ecosystems result in 2 changes after the pulse, relative to the before-pulse period: (1) reduced diet breadth of, and overlap between, 2 sympatric sparrow species; and (2) enhanced energetic condition in both species. We tracked breeding-season diets using stable isotopes and energetic condition using plasma metabolites of Brewer's Sparrows (Spizella breweri), Vesper Sparrows (Pooecetes gramineus), and their food resources during 2011, and of only Brewer's Sparrows and their food resources during 2013. We quantify diet breadth and overlap between both species, along with coincident physiological consequences of temporal changes in resource use. After invertebrate biomass increased following periods of rainfall in 2011, dietary breadth decreased by 35% in Brewer's Sparrows and by 48% in Vesper Sparrows, while dietary overlap decreased by 88%. Energetic condition of both species increased when dietary overlap was lower and diet breadth decreased, after the rapid rise of food-resource availability. However, energetic condition of Brewer's Sparrows remained constant in 2013, a year with low precipitation and lack of a strong pulse in food resources, even though the species' dietary breadth again decreased that year. Our results indicate that diet breadth and overlap in these sparrow species inhabiting sagebrush ecosystems generally varied as predicted in relation to intra- and interannual changes in food resources, and this difference in diet was associated with improved energetic condition of sparrows at least in one year. © 2016 American Ornithologists' Union.


Dadone L.I.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Schilz A.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Friedman S.G.,Utah State University | Bredahl J.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | And 2 more authors.
Zoo Biology | Year: 2016

For a large herd of reticulated giraffes, a mainly operant-based training program was created for front foot radiographs and hoof trims in an effort to diagnose and better manage lameness. Behaviors were shaped in a restricted contact set-up, using a positive reinforcement procedure to teach a series of mastered cued behaviors. This training was used to obtain lateral and lateral oblique front foot radiographs for the entire herd. Radiographs were diagnostic for multiple possible causes of lameness including fractures and osteitis of the distal phalangeal bone, hoof overgrowth, osteoarthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint, rotation of the distal phalangeal bone, sesamoid bone cysts, and sole foreign bodies. By training giraffe for foot radiographs and hoof trims, potential causes of lameness could be identified and better managed. Long-term, the results may help zoos identify best practices for managing and preventing lameness in giraffe. Zoo Biol. 35:228–236, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


PubMed | Equine Lameness Prevention Organization, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Utah State University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Zoo biology | Year: 2016

For a large herd of reticulated giraffes, a mainly operant-based training program was created for front foot radiographs and hoof trims in an effort to diagnose and better manage lameness. Behaviors were shaped in a restricted contact set-up, using a positive reinforcement procedure to teach a series of mastered cued behaviors. This training was used to obtain lateral and lateral oblique front foot radiographs for the entire herd. Radiographs were diagnostic for multiple possible causes of lameness including fractures and osteitis of the distal phalangeal bone, hoof overgrowth, osteoarthritis of the distal interphalangeal joint, rotation of the distal phalangeal bone, sesamoid bone cysts, and sole foreign bodies. By training giraffe for foot radiographs and hoof trims, potential causes of lameness could be identified and better managed. Long-term, the results may help zoos identify best practices for managing and preventing lameness in giraffe. Zoo Biol. 35:228-236, 2016. 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


Parkinson L.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Olea-Popelka F.,Colorado State University | Klaphake E.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Dadone L.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Johnston M.,Colorado State University
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2016

This study sought to establish a reference interval for fibrinogen in healthy ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata). A total of 48 turtles were enrolled, with 42 turtles deemed to be noninflammatory and thus fitting the inclusion criteria and utilized to estimate a fibrinogen reference interval. Turtles were excluded based upon physical examination and blood work abnormalities. A Shapiro-Wilk normality test indicated that the noninflammatory turtle fibrinogen values were normally distributed (Gaussian distribution) with an average of 108 mg/dl and a 95% confidence interval of the mean of 97.9-117 mg/dl. Those turtles excluded from the reference interval because of abnormalities affecting their health had significantly different fibrinogen values (P = 0.313). A reference interval for healthy ornate box turtles was calculated. Further investigation into the utility of fibrinogen measurement for clinical usage in ornate box turtles is warranted. © 2016 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.


Dadone L.I.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo | Haussler K.K.,Colorado State University | Brown G.,Colorado Equine Veterinary Services | Marsden M.,Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2013

A 2-yr-old male reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) presented with severe midcervical segmental torticollis upon arrival as an incoming shipment. Despite initial medical management, the giraffe developed marked neck sensitivity, focal muscle spasms, and decreased cervical range of motion. Using operant conditioning to assist patient positioning and tolerance to cervical manipulation, a series of manually applied chiropractic treatments were applied to the affected cervical vertebrae in an effort to restore normal cervical mobility. Laser therapy and cervical range of motion exercises were also used to reduce cervical muscle hypertonicity. The combined application of these nontraditional therapies produced marked clinical improvement. This case highlights the potential benefits of combining traditional medical management with chiropractic treatment and physical therapy techniques for management of severe acute-onset torticollis in a giraffe. Copyright 2013 by American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.


Sykes J.M.,Wildlife Conservation Society | Klaphake E.,Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Clinics in Laboratory Medicine | Year: 2015

The basic principles of hematology used in mammalian medicine can be applied to reptiles. The appearances of the blood cells are significantly different from those seen in most mammals, and vary with taxa and staining method used. Many causes for abnormalities of the reptilian hemogram are similar to those for mammals, although additional factors such as venipuncture site, season, hibernation status, captivity status, and environmental factors can also affect values, making interpretation of hematologic results challenging. Values in an individual should be compared with reference ranges specific to that species, gender, and environmental conditions when available. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.


PubMed | Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Type: Case Reports | Journal: Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians | Year: 2013

A 2-yr-old male reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) presented with severe midcervical segmental torticollis upon arrival as an incoming shipment. Despite initial medical management, the giraffe developed marked neck sensitivity, focal muscle spasms, and decreased cervical range of motion. Using operant conditioning to assist patient positioning and tolerance to cervical manipulation, a series of manually applied chiropractic treatments were applied to the affected cervical vertebrae in an effort to restore normal cervical mobility. Laser therapy and cervical range of motion exercises were also used to reduce cervical muscle hypertonicity. The combined application of these nontraditional therapies produced marked clinical improvement. This case highlights the potential benefits of combining traditional medical management with chiropractic treatment and physical therapy techniques for management of severe acute-onset torticollis in a giraffe.


PubMed | Wildlife Conservation Society and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Clinics in laboratory medicine | Year: 2015

The basic principles of hematology used in mammalian medicine can be applied to reptiles. The appearances of the blood cells are significantly different from those seen in most mammals, and vary with taxa and staining method used. Many causes for abnormalities of the reptilian hemogram are similar to those for mammals, although additional factors such as venipuncture site, season, hibernation status, captivity status, and environmental factors can also affect values, making interpretation of hematologic results challenging. Values in an individual should be compared with reference ranges specific to that species, gender, and environmental conditions when available.


PubMed | Wildlife Conservation Society and Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Type: Journal Article | Journal: The veterinary clinics of North America. Exotic animal practice | Year: 2014

The basic principles of hematology used in mammalian medicine can be applied to reptiles. The appearances of the blood cells are significantly different from those seen in most mammals, and vary with taxa and staining method used. Many causes for abnormalities of the reptilian hemogram are similar to those for mammals, although additional factors such as venipuncture site, season, hibernation status, captivity status, and environmental factors can also affect values, making interpretation of hematologic results challenging. Values in an individual should be compared with reference ranges specific to that species, gender, and environmental conditions when available.

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