Fur Flee 11

Fur Flee 11The North Country Bears present FUR FLEE 11 – SUN MOON STARS! March 1st – 4th in Superior Wisconsin.

THE premier bear event of the upper midwest, Fur Flee enters its second decade! All of the things you love about Fur Flee are back – the pool, the party, and the MEN all here to have a blast. Fur Flee includes:

  • Thursday night Welcome Party with beer bust and drink specials
  • Friday afternoon party by the pool with keg and lunch
  • Friday night on the town in the Twin Ports, with beer and drink specials (locations TBA)
  • Friday late-night after party with open bar
  • Shuttle transportation to all scheduled off-site activities
  • Saturday night poolside party with open bar and midnight pizza
  • After-hours Hospitality Suite

What’s new for 2018:

SUN
Friday afternoon it’s an island beach party! Complete with luau lunch, Hula Hoop individual and team competitions, Pass The Coconut and other traditional Hawaiian Games

MOON
Set your spirit animal free – hop a Flee-brr! Shuttle, hit the town and mark your territory, just be back in time for the Howl At Midnight leather/gear open-bar after party

STARS!
On Saturday night, Jupiter aligns with Mars for the Zodiac Ball. So polish your aura, line up your chakras, and be at one with the party. Far out, man!

The host hotel is Barkers Island Inn, 300 Marina Drive, Superior, WI. (715) 392-7152 Toll Free (800) 344-7515.

Register EARLY to get the best deal!

For more information, visit the web site.

Chumleys Fall BearCruise 2018

Chumleys BearCruisesHop aboard the majestic Ruby Princess and join the party on Chumleys Fall BearCruise Oct 27 – Nov 3, 2018 sailing round-trip from Los Angeles for Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Most of Mexico’s Baja West Coast was populated with small fishing villages until the 1920s, when tourists from up north started to arrive. Glamorous towns like Acapulco gained international fame in the 1960s when celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and John Wayne made it their seaside escape from the drama of Hollywood.

The term “Mexican Riviera” came into being when the cruise industry discovered the region; scenic, tourist-friendly ports like Mazatlan, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta provided the backdrop for television’s The Love Boat in the 1970s and 1980s. For many of us, it’s hard to even read this itinerary without hearing Julie the cruise director saying it in our heads!

In addition to the history and beauty of this region, there’s also a lot to do in this part of the world – particularly for active types. Water activities such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving abound, and there’s no shortage of beautiful beaches. For those who seek culture, Mazatlan has a historic center that has become a draw for international artists, and Puerto Vallarta’s foodie scene is among the best in Mexico.

Each town we will visit offers a wonderful mix of historic Mexican culture, modern shopping and colorful entertainment… and of course warm sunshine and white sand beaches.

 

Day 1: Los Angeles [San Pedro] CA (depart 4pm)

Day 2: at Sea

Day 3: Cabo San Lucas (11am – 8pm)

Day 4: Mazatlan (8am – 6pm)

Day 5: Puerto Vallarta (7am – 6pm)

Day 6: at Sea

Day 7: at Sea

Day 8: Los Angeles [San Pedro], CA (dock 6:15am)

Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. She offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars®, and sumptuous dining choices from Crown Grill to the International Café. Chef Curtis Stone’s first restaurant at sea, SHARE, gives you an exclusive opportunity to enjoy his exquisite cuisine. Perfect for a special celebration or simply reveling in time spent together, Chef Stone has made an art out of reconnecting with loved ones over a six course fine dining experience. The finest ingredients — ultra premium meats, seafood and more — create inspired dishes beautifully served.

 

Original musicals, dazzling magic shows, feature films, top comedians and nightclubs will give you plenty of entertainment options… there’s something happening around every corner, and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it all.

 

Revitalize and refresh body, mind and soul with Princess®. From rejuvenating spa treatments and the tranquility of a top-deck retreat reserved just for adults to our state-of-the-art fitness centers, you’ll find all the elements to come back new.

 

With your overall wellness in mind, we’ve collaborated with leading board-certified sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and HGTV designer Candice Olson to create the ultimate in blissful comfort. Our luxurious new beds feature a scientifically engineered mattress and bed springs, a plush two-inch pillow top, European-inspired duvets and 100% luxurious Jacquard-woven linens-to assure that at the end of your voyage, you come home feeling refreshed and renewed.

 

Los Angeles (San Pedro) CA 

The City of Angels always hovers between dream and reality. Once a near-forgotten colonial outpost, the pueblo metamorphosed into an agrarian paradise before reinventing itself as a movie colony. Perhaps no other city owes so much to the technological innovations of the 20th century, from the automobile to the airplane. Little wonder that LA is oft described as the “dream machine.” In LA, reinvention is a way of life. Yet this talent for change has created a city with a rich ethnic diversity and a sizzling culture. LA is the source for trends that migrate across the country and then the world. Where else can you enjoy a Thai taco or munch on a kosher burrito? Or travel from downtown’s high rises to the beaches of Malibu, shopping in Beverly Hills along the way?

 

As we set sail for Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, you will be hard pressed to not hear Julie, the famed Love Boat Cruise Director announcing the stops in your ear!

 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 

At one time a part of the Mexican mainland, a massive rupture of the San Andreas Fault sent the waters of the Pacific crashing into the newly formed depression, creating the Sea of Cortez and the Baja Peninsula. Lying at the very tip of Baja, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas – or “Cabo” – is one of the premier resort destinations in the Western Hemisphere. Swim in the transparent waters, marvel at the wealth of marine life, relax on one of the white-sand beaches or try your hand at some of the finest sport fishing in the world.

 

Mazatlan, Mexico 

Lying just below the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlan boasts a superb year-round climate. Mazatlan, a name that means “Place of the Deer,” sits on a peninsula at the feet of the rugged Sierra Madre, and the Cerro de Neveria – “Ice Box Hill” – divides the area’s rocky Pacific beaches from the broad, white-sand beaches beloved by visitors. The climate, the beaches, and the world-class sportfishing have turned this commercial fishing port into one of the world’s top resort destinations. While visitors flock to the markets, sunbathe, or marvel at the airborne ballet of the famed Papantla dancers, Mazatlan remains one of Mexico’s major Pacific commerical fishing ports – the city exports over 40 million pounds of shrimp every year.

 

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 

Strolling, shopping, and sipping tequila along the Malecon boardwalk of Puerto Vallarta is the best way to kick off your vacation. Then hit the cobblestone streets of Old Vallarta to browse the flea market for handmade crafts and warm local smiles. The calm, warm waters of the Bay of Banderas make for excellent diving, or you can just watch artists sculpt spectacular creations in the sand. The cluster of fine art galleries in El Centro are perfect spots to hit on a self-guided art tour. Puerto Vallarta is a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast, in Jalisco state. It is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife scene. Its historic center is home to the ornate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe church, boutique shops and a range of restaurants and bars. Our visit to Puerta Vallarta this year will be on October 31st – the start of Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) and it’s fascinating celebrations.

 

For more information and to book your cruise, click here.

 

Chumleys Spring BearCruise 2018

Chumleys BearCruisesHop aboard Chumleys spring BearCruiseMay 12 – 19, 2018 aboard Royal Caribbean International’s FREEDOM of the SEAS departing San Juan Puerto Rico for St. Maarten, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. 

 

Sat May 12:       San Juan, Puerto Rico  (depart 8:30pm) 

Sun May 13:      Philipsburg, St. Maarten  (8am – 5pm)

 Mon May 14:      Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis (8am – 5pm)

 Tues May 15:     St. Johns, Antigua   (8am – 5pm)

 Weds May 16:    Castries, St. Lucia   (9am – 6pm)

Thurs May 17:    Bridgetown, Barbados  (8am – 5pm)

Fri May 18:         At Sea

Sat May 19:       San Juan, Puerto Rico (arrive 6am) 

Freedom of the Seas

While we are all aware of the recent devastation in Puerto Rico and St Maarten, Royal Caribbean has already began sailing departures from San Juan, and plans to have both Puerto Rico and St Maarten back on full port-of-call status by the end of this year.  Although it will take years for the people of both islands to fully recover, it is imperative that their tourism-driven economies are up and running as quickly as possible, and we look forward to this absolutely amazing itinerary.

 

The Stunning Islands of the Southern Caribbean 

Departing from San Juan allows us to reach islands usually out of the range of a US-based 7-day departure, and this amazing itinerary brings us to ports of call we have never visited in all of our prior years, including quite a few European-influenced locations. Our first small group Spring cruise to the Caribbean will give us full day visits to six stunning Caribbean islands on a ship that offers more options than you can possibly imagine… but you may just want to grab a spot to relax and watch it all glide by.

 

San Juan, Puerto Rico 

San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital and largest city, sits on the island’s Atlantic coast. Its widest beach fronts the Isla Verde resort strip, known for its bars, nightclubs and casinos. Cobblestoned Old San Juan features colorful Spanish colonial buildings and 16th-century landmarks including El Morro and La Fortaleza, massive fortresses with sweeping ocean views, as well as the Paseo de la Princesa bayside promenade.

 

St. Maarten 

St. Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Martin, a French overseas collectivity. Its natural features span lagoons, beaches and salt pans. The capital, Philipsburg, has cobblestone streets and colorful, colonial-style buildings lining its Front Street shopping area.

 

St. Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts and Nevis is a dual-island nation situated between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It’s known for cloud-shrouded mountains and beaches. Many of its former sugar plantations now operates as inns or atmospheric ruins. The larger of the 2 islands, Saint Kitts, is dominated by the dormant Mount Liamuiga volcano, home to a crater lake, green vervet monkeys and a lush rainforest crisscrossed with hiking trails.

 

Antigua

Antigua, also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population, is an island in the West Indies. It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region and the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. The island has warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbors, and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. In 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the Caribbean’s premier tourist destinations.

 

St. Lucia 

Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden.

 

For more information and to book your cruise, click here.

Midwest Bearfest

Midwest BearfestMidwest Bearfest is our premier December event of the Midwest Bearpack. Founded in 1996, Midwest Bearfest will celebrate turning 21 with the event titled, appropriately enough, “Year 21: Legally Bear”. During this extra-special four-day event, December 14-17th in Indianapolis, we are anticipating a record-setting crowd to help celebrate two decades, plus one, of furry fun!

 

The host hotel is officially full. When you register, complete the HOST HOTEL registration form to be placed on the waitlist. But you should also make a reservation at the Overflow Hotel if no rooms at the host hotel become available before the event in December.   For information on the overflow hotel click here.

 

The Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center is conveniently located less than three miles from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and just 12 miles from downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indianapolis Convention Center and the Lucas Oil Stadium.

 

Guests of this Indianapolis hotel are invited to enjoy full-service accommodations including free local calls and free weekday newspaper. Relax in the indoor heated pool with whirlpool within a tropical setting of the atrium.

 

Most of the newly renovated guest rooms have a poolside or lakeside view and provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere for your stay. All rooms feature coffee makers, room service, free HBO and voice mail. Selected rooms have microwaves and refrigerators.

 

Tentative Schedule

For registration information, visit the club web site.

La Fiesta de Los Osos 2018

La Fiesta de Los OsosLa Fiesta de Los Osos will be held January 11-15th in Tucson Arizona.

 

Escape from winter and join the Bears of the Old Pueblo for fun in the sun, a chance to meet new friends, and explore what Tucson has to offer at our 20th annual La Fiesta de Los Osos! Official dates for La Fiesta 2018 are January 11-15th.

 

During the past eighteen Fiestas, over 3,000 bears and buddies from over 20 countries have enjoyed the warmth and friendliness of our desert city, making La Fiesta weekend one of the most anticipated bear events in the U.S.! As such, we choose to cap our attendance at 300 bears to make sure that La Fiesta is a size that’s fun, friendly, and intimate. Registration for Fiesta 2018 will be accepted until Saturday January 13th, 2018 with walk-up registration available! Your Fiesta gift and our hotel rates may not be available after December 31, 2017.

 

Day and half-day tours will be available every day, or you can just lay back and enjoy the sparkling pool and jacuzzi. A huge block of rooms has been reserved for Fiesta weekend attendees and the La Quinta Inn & Suites host hotel will be filled with BEARS, BEARS, BEARS!

 

SO WHAT DO I GET FOR MY REGISTRATION FEE?

Your registration includes three meals, entertainment and social activities, our famous Pinata Bust, and access to tours and free event shuttles. Registrants also get the reduced room rate and access to the events at the host hotel as well as an embroidered T-Shirt with the Fiesta logo.

 

FUR REAL DANCE

On Friday night, following the banquet and Bear Contest is our fourth annual DJ’ed ‘FUR REAL’ dance. Join Fiesta attendees and hot, friendly locals on the dance floor! Proceeds of this separate event (minus costs) go 100% to benefit local charities.

 

WHAT’S TO SEE AND DO WHILE I’M IN TUCSON?

Situated in an immense valley ringed by four stately mountain ranges with peaks as high as 9453′, Tucson, with a metropolitan population of over 1 million people, is a big city with all the amenities you’d expect but a friendly, small-town feel. Tucson has been continuously inhabited since at least 5000 BC, and has a wealth of history featuring native peoples, explorers and settlers, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo soldiers, Jesuit and Franciscan Missionaries, and old-west pioneers. Day and half-day tours will take Fiesta attendees on optional visits to prominent area attractions for everything from hiking to sight-seeing, green forests to desert mountains, animal-watching to spelunking!

 

WHAT’S THE WEATHER LIKE IN TUCSON IN JANUARY?

Daytime highs in Tucson during January are regularly in the 60’s with nighttime lows in the 40’s. In 19 years of past Fiestas (that’s about 90 event-days) we’ve had exactly four cold or inclement days. Bring clothing that reflects the warm days but cool nights and you’ll be set!

 

HOW DO I GET AROUND?

We’ll be running shuttles and event buses free of charge to most scheduled events.

 

WHAT’S TO EAT?

We will offer dining opportunities (at your own expense) to early arrivals on Thursday evening. Meals included in your registration:

  • Saturday night continues our traditional Fiesta Banquet and entertainment in the hotel ballrooms. We’ll feature a full meal with a variety of fine entrees, sides, deserts, beverages, and a cash bar.

  • Sunday will feature a poolside BBQ with a full cash bar and soft drinks available.

  • Our traditional Adios Amigos luncheon on Monday will be held offsite, but at your own expense.

 

For information and to register, visit the web site.