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TOURISM NEWS & NOTES
FEBRUARY 2015
Prince George's County Tourism News & Notes is presented by the Prince George's County Conference & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official Destination Marketing Organization of Prince George's County.
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STATE-WIDE WINE ADVENTURE WILL FEATURE PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY'S ROMANO
Maryland Wine Passport Experience brings Brandywine winery center-stage...

The Maryland Wine Passport Experience (MWPE) will be held the weekends of Feb 21-21 & Feb 28-March 1. This year's event features our own Romano Vineyard & Winery.

 

What is MWPE? Your personal guide through the wine trails of Maryland. It is a self-guided adventure that gives you the opportunity to experience the rich and unique culture that each region has to offer.

THE TASTE OF SOUTH BEACH LANDS ALONG THE GLENN DALE, SEABROOK, LANHAM CORRIDOR
New "white table cloth" restaurant provides an eclectic mix of American & International cuisine... 

Some of the best recipes take a time. We originally got word this dine spot was "coming to PGC" almost two years ago. Things took a minute, but the doors are finally open for SoBe Restaurant & Lounge. Located at East Gate Shopping Center in Lanham Seabrook, SoBe brings upscale American Contemporary cuisine - flavored with a South Beach vibe. Debuting last week, it is a another welcomed addition to the PGC dine scene. The Chef is Marc Barber who comes from Brio Tuscan Grill in Annapolis.

SOON-TO-OPEN AC HOTEL AT NAT SECOND IN THE COUNTRY, FIRST IN THE EAST, ALL IN PGC

Once the Aloft NH, this new completely European-inspired prop will debut next month...        
The new AC Hotel Washington DC at National Harbor is tagged to open next month (replacing the former Aloft at the corner of Waterfront and American Way). As you may recall, the once "Aloft" was acquired by Ryman, parent of Gaylord Hotels. Among other things, at 192 rooms, the prop is now purposed with serving as the official overflow for big sis - Gaylord National.
 
According to Toni Stoeckl, Marriott's VP Lifestyle Brands, "AC Hotels brand boasts a modern, European look and feel with Spanish roots that will complement the culturally diverse and international flavor of Washington, D.C." Aside from its affiliation with Gaylord, what makes this all very special is that AC National Harbor will be the first to debut in the Mid-Atlantic area, and just the second to open in the US, joining the very popular AC New Orleans.
SUCCOTASH IS ON THE MENU AT NATIONAL HARBOR THIS SPRING
Restaurant to feature southern cuisine of celebrated Chef Edward Lee...      
The dine scene at National Harbor continues to flower. Coming this spring to 184 Waterfront Street is a new concept from industry veterans Michael Reginbogin and Jason Berry - deliciously named Succotash.
  
Here's the "meat-n-potatoes" behind this new dine spot. Developed by Reginbogin & Berry's newly-formed KNEAD Hospitality+Design, Succotash promises "inspired southern cuisine" crafted by culinary partner - the acclaimed Chef Edward Lee. Lee is one of the hottest stars on the foodie scene (through cooking and his own restaurant endeavors), who's innovative cuisine has twice earned him a finalist nomination for the James Beard Foundation Awards Best Chef: Southeast in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He has been featured in Esquire, Bon App�tit, GQ, Gourmet among many other publications; reigned victorious on Food Network's "Iron Chef America," and has appeared on Cooking Channel's "Foodography," CBS "Early Show" and NBC "The Today Show".

 

Although this is KNEAD's first entry at the Nat and Prince George's, the principals are no strangers to PGC waterside. As Regional Director of Operations and later COO with Rosa Mexicano Brands Inc., Barry was instrumental in the opening of Rosa Mexicano National Harbor.

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GREAT TASTE OF PRINCE GEORGE'S RETURNS WITH 2ND ANNUAL RESTAURANT WEEK, MARCH 2-8
Mark your calendar for a week of of delectable dining options, menus, and special pricing... 

Experience the many flavors of Prince George's during the 2nd Annual Prince George's County Restaurant Week, March 2-8.

 

Restaurant Week's "Taste of TNI" tasting event will kick things off on Sunday, March 1 from 4-7 pm at Bladensburg High School. It will feature participating restaurants and establishments (off the beaten path). In addition, there will be cooking demonstrations by students in the Bladensburg High School Culinary Arts Program.

Stay tuned - more details coming soon.  

NEW LAUREL OUTBACK FIRST IN DC/B'MORE METROPLEX TO FEATURE NEW "MODERN AUSTRALIA" DESIGN

Updated restaurant layout debuts in Prince George's County...
A fresh approach begins in Prince George's. Last month, Outback Steakhouse debuted its new "Modern Australia" design concept at their newest location at 14718 Baltimore Ave in Laurel. It is the first to open in the Mid-Atlantic region.
 
The new Outback Steakhouse Laurel's "Modern Australia" design features decor that mirrors the indigenous flora and fauna, adventure, geography and leisure of modern day Australia. Guests will also enjoy a spacious, energetic bar area that includes a community table - a great place to meet up with friends and enjoy specialty beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails. The new bar will also feature customized seating and furnishings and is connected directly to the outdoor dining patio.

NEW ARTISAN PIZZA CONCEPT BRINGS THE BEST IN PIES IN LESS THAN FIVE

Pie Five Pizza Co. now open in Laurel with truly world-class pizza in a nickel's time or less...         
While we're on the subject of the Laurel dine scene, big ups to Pie Five Pizza Co. Located at 927 Washington Blvd S, Pie Five is not your ordinary pizza outfit. 
 
In this fast-paced, get-it-now world, their promise is unique - your very own handcrafted, artisan pizza - made to order - served in five minutes or less. The Laurel location is the first to open in the Washington DC metro area. Pie Five Pizza Co. is the leading brand in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space. 

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AT MARYLAND TOURISM DAY IN ANNAPOLIS

Maryland Tourism Day in Annapolis
MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State House | 100 State Circle
February 13, 2015     
Join the Coalition! This is a FREE legislative event & we need your support! Join tourism industry professionals from across the state as they meet with legislators and share stories about their businesses and the profound impact tourism has on Maryland's economy.
BY THE NUMBERS: TOURISM'S IMPACT IN PGC
Prince George's County Tourism's impact - thru visitation and taxes generated - runs across every aspect of development including lodging, food & beverage, retail, recreation, major events, transportation, and transportation-related services.
  • Visitors - Over 6 Million
  • Total Tourism Employment - Over 31,000
  • Total Tourism Tax Receipts (combined Federal, State/Local, Hotel) - $565,700,000
  • Admission/Amusement Taxes Collected - $15,860,936
  • Room Taxes Collected - $20,573,759
  • Tourism Promotion Act State Sales Taxes - $52,408,296
  • Total Direct Consumer Tax Impact - $88,842,991

Source: Tourism Economics, December 2014
EXCITING EVENTS ON THE DECK THIS MONTH IN PRINCE GEORGE'S

Extraordinary things are happening every day in Prince George's. Here's a taste. Click each for details and visit us online (or on app) for more. 

 

feb 13 CHOCOLATE COVERED ROCKY HORROR [SHOW] Joe's Movement Emporium

feb 13-15 KATSUCON 2015 Gaylord National

feb 14 SHIRLEY JONES OF THE JONES GIRLS Harmony Hall Regional Center

feb 14 MINERAL, JEWELRY & FOSSIL SHOW Show Place Arena

feb 15 NEW JACK SWING VALENTINE LOVE JAM Show Place Arena

feb 19-21 2ND ANNUAL 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL Fine & Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University

feb 21 SOUL FOOD JUSTICE Joe's Movement Emporium

feb 21 IN CONCERT: THE VELONS Harmony Hall Regional Center

feb 24 PRAISE DANCE FESTIVAL Publick Playhouse

feb 27 IN CONCERT: JAMES COTTON Montpelier Arts Center

feb 28 TRI-COUNTY HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR Show Place Arena

 

   
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