Winter – Moab, Utah’s Secret Season for Uncrowded Adventure

January 23, 2022
Moab Adventure Center offers many different experiences for enjoying winter getaways in this vast expanse of geologic history unique in the world.

MOAB, UT– Even in the winter, the rocks can feel warm to the touch as they absorb the sunshine that kisses the world-renowned, red rock playground of Moab, Utah. Here, precipitation of rain or snow visits fewer than 60 days a year. Come December, locals and visitors alike button up their overcoats against daytime temperatures that dip into the 40s.
 
While campsites are closed for the winter season, in and around Moab comfortable lodging remains open as do a variety of dining options. And everyone’s friend and go-to resource, Moab Adventure Center (https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/), continues to welcome queries about what’s to see and do in the short off-season between now and early March. Come spring the region once again prepares itself to meet the demands of a world hungry for wholesome, outdoor recreation.
 
But for those who can’t wait until spring, Moab Adventure Center has these recommendations for enjoying winter getaways in this vast expanse of geologic history unique in the world: 
 
Two, three, and four-hour Hummer Safari tours are available beginning in February. Rates range from $98 to $215 per person depending on the off-road excursion. All safaris are conducted in comfortable 4×4 off-road vehicles. Your driver adds meaning to the spectacular canyon vistas and stops along the way.
 
Arches National Park tours are conducted year-round by land or air. Land tours are four hours long and air tours range from 30 minutes to one hour. On the land tours guests have an opportunity for short hikes to phenomenal vistas of famous arches.
 
Air tours give a birds-eye view of Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park; a new flight allows visitors to capture spectacular vistas of Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.
 
Local experts recommend first visiting the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park & Tracks (interactive) Museum. A Dinosaur Discovery Tour reveals Moab as the original Jurassic park. The surrounding expanse comprised of Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park invites the curious to ponder where those ancient creatures might have ambled and foraged. Note that the Dinosaur Park will reopen for the season on Feb. 18.
 
Hiking Arches National Park is a year-round, four-hour morning tour for hikers exploring this ancient plateau concealing more than 2,000 natural arches, representing the highest concentration of such wonders on the planet.
 
Throughout the year guests can rent four-door Jeep Wranglers so they can do their own exploring of the region. The jeeps hold up to five people and can be rented for 10.5 hours.
 
Moab Adventure Center has been exploring the rivers and canyons surrounding Moab since 1961 as Western River Expeditions, pioneers in the river rafting industry. Western River created the Moab Adventure Center to give this “Adventure Capital of the West” its full due with a focus on day tours and adventures in unparalleled red rock beauty, and to become a convenient one-stop adventure center in world famous Moab.
 
Through the late winter season, Moab Adventure Center recommends tapping into http://udottraffic.utah.gov to see real-time road conditions across Utah.
 
Moab Adventure Center (https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/) is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with operations and offices in Moab and Fredonia, AZ. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main St., Moab, UT 84532. For information and reservations call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163. Moab Adventure Center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure-related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs.

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Winter for Nonskiers: Take Advantage of Off-Season Rates at Five-Star Broadmoor Resort

January 23, 2022
Winter affords an ideal opportunity to experience the five-star luxury of The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs.

Where can you go if you don’t ski but still want to curl up by a fire, experience the wintry outdoors, and sidestep the premium rates/crowded high season of most ski resort lodging? If you find yourself preferring après-ski to actual skiing, explore a Colorado resort that isn’t all about the downhill: The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

The Broadmoor experiences its off season in winter, so nightly rates at the Forbes Five Star resort are as low as $259/night in winter/early spring (a major savings compared to their starting rates of $555+ in summer). And with 784 guest rooms, suites, cottages, and brownstones, there’s usually plenty of inventory during the winter, making it perfect for a last-minute getaway. And you’ll be anything but bored or feeling left out from the Colorado outdoor fun. Here’s what makes The Broadmoor the best winter resort for non-skiers.

Winter Outdoor Adventures  

  • Fat Bikes keep guests riding throughout the winter at the resort using locally-made Borealis fat bikes. These high-end bikes are designed to handle the winter snow of Colorado Springs’ terrain. Guided tours or rentals are available.
  • Falconry is considered the sport of kings, and The Broadmoor’s team of master falconers gets guests up close to the birds of prey, all year-long. NEW FOR WINTER 2022: one can even participate in a falconry hunt and experience Harris Hawks in pursuit of live game, including pheasants, rabbits or squirrel. Hunts are offered by reservation only through March.
  • Fly Fishing in winter is a great option to opt outside, from quick one-hour casting lessons to full-day trips with The Broadmoor’s professional guides.
  • Hiking with The Broadmoor Outfitters is another way to get the heart pumping, and guided hikes can be customized to fit interest and fitness levels.
  • Rock Climbing can be arranged in the winter months, if Mother Nature agrees of course. The Broadmoor’s guides work with everyone from newbies to seasoned climbers.
  • Develop your Wild West skills with a chance to try your hands at archery, tomahawks, and pellet guns during a two-hour group experience that’s perfect for families who enjoy some friendly competition.  
  • Ziplining at The Broadmoor’s Seven Falls continues in winter, offering stunning views of the secluded South Cheyenne Canyon, often dusted in snow.

Spa + Relaxation

  • The Spa at The Broadmoor is known internationally for its innovative services and integrated approach to health and relaxation. In winter, guests love the Oxygen Infusion: a cutting-edge treatment that delivers oxygen under hyperbaric pressure to infuse an active serum to the deeper layers of the skin. And the spa’s large indoor pool is open for guests to enjoy year-round, no matter the weather.
  • Take in a Movie at the resort’s own theater, including popcorn. It’s free and open to guests with showings each evening and matinees on the weekend (often featuring films that are still in regular theaters).
  • Tucked away just off the main lobby, The Broadmoor’s Portales Library is perhaps the coziest place on the property, with an intimate setting and warm/glowing fireplace. It’s the perfect spot to sit and read one of the library’s classics, best sellers, or children’s books.

Indoor Activities

  • Spend a fun-filled evening at Play, a Broadmoor restaurant with six bowling lanes plus a host of games including shuffleboard, a pool table, foosball, Xbox, PlayStation, and Wii to keep everyone entertained all evening long.
  • Tennis and pickleball are very popular at The Broadmoor, even in winter. Two of the resort’s hard courts are covered by an illuminated, heated bubble during the winter months, and lessons can be arranged.
  • A bit indoor AND outdoor… you can travel to the top of Pikes Peak on the heated rail cars of The Broadmoor Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Winter rides are typically offered Friday through Monday.

Food… Glorious Food

  • NEW FOR 2022: During winter weekends, The Broadmoor now offers hands-on cooking classes. In February, it’s all about Italy. Guests will learn the pizza and pasta classics of Ristorante del Lago, with Broadmoor chefs sharing their techniques and tips for the best pizza dough, classic pizza toppings & how to bake a pizza at home. Guests will also learn how to make ravioli, hand cut pappardelle, a classic beef Bolognese, plus a decadent tiramisu. In March, it’s a focus on classic tapas, with instruction on the finer points of making tortilla Española, Croquetas de Jamon, Gambas al Ajillo, Patatas Bravas, Marinated Olives, and Pan con Tomate, plus desserts like Crema Catalana and Chocolate con Churros.
  • The Broadmoor has 17 restaurants, cafes, and lounges that range from fine dining to casual patisseries. The selection means you don’t have to drive on winter roads to seek out sustenance. A winter favorite is the Golden Bee, The Broadmoor’s 19th century British Pub. The pub was actually transferred to The Broadmoor panel by panel, directly from the United Kingdom. Order the Fish & chips, a beer (the Red Leg Brewing Company’s Prospector’s Pick Kolsch is brewed specifically for the resort) and end with the famous Sticky Toffee Pudding. It’s winter, after all.

For more details, visit https://www.broadmoor.com/.

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Club Med Launches “Your Vacation Your Way” Sale- 45% Off All-Inclusive Spring, Summer Escapes

January 22, 2022
Club Med Ixtapa.  Club Med is offering 45% off all-inclusive spring and summer escapes, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and Canada (Photo supplied by Club Med).

MIAMI  — Club Med, a pioneer of the all-inclusive resort concept, is offering 45% off all-inclusive spring and summer escapes, plus perks, at its top resorts throughout Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and Canada. The Your Vacation Your Way sale is open for bookings now through February 23, 2022 with select travel dates through August 26, 2022. Additional perks include a free room upgrade and free stays for kids under 4, and single supplement waived.

Club Med’s spacious low-density resorts, which are surrounded by nature and spread across an average of 50 acres, include the eco-chic Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection resort in North America; family-fun Club Med Punta Cana, with new renovations and innovations like the Circus School by Club Med and Club Med’s Amazing Family experience; and Club Med Québec, Club Med’s newest four-season mountain resort offering a unique waterfront experience to discover Quebec’s natural wonders.

Paired with Club Med’s free cancellation policy and Safe Together protocols, guests can enjoy their Club Med vacation with total peace of mind and the freedom to unwind while creating cherished memories together. Guests enjoy unlimited culinary options, premium accommodations, and activities from hiking and biking to standup paddle boarding and snorkeling.  Families will particularly enjoy Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities designed to help families reconnect and experience a greater sense of reunion.

For full details on the Your Vacation Your Way Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals.

Participating Club Med Resorts include:

Club Med Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: On a 2,000-foot stretch of beach, Club Med Punta Cana caters to solo travelers, couples, and families alike with unlimited land and water sports, from golfing on an oceanfront PGA green to learning how to shoot with a bow and arrow at archery school. Families and groups will particularly enjoy the newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection space featuring spacious two-bedroom oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and morning room service. While adults indulge in treatments at the Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE or relax in the adult-exclusive Zen Oasis area, where intimate cabanas, an oversized pool and dedicated Zen Beach await, kids can join their dedicated kids club for a day filled with water and land activities like windsurfing and circus school. Families can partake in the new Club Med Amazing Family program, featuring a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities for families to bond and create memories. 

Club Med Cancún, Mexico: An ideal location for families looking for some much-needed R&R, the only resort in Cancún with three private beachfronts offers families a variety of opportunities to reconnect. Enjoy exhilarating land and water activities, from wind surfing and snorkeling to flying trapeze and archery, before partaking in outdoor activities as part of the new Club Med Amazing Family programming. Relax in the refreshed Aguamarina family oasis area, which features spacious two-bedroom oceanfront family rooms and a dedicated family pool, before kids head off to their respective kids’ club while adults enjoy treatments at the newly renovated Club Med Spa by L’OCCITANE. For added exclusivity, guests can book an ocean view suite located in the resort’s Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space. Families looking for an added sense of adventure can explore the Mayan ruins at Chichén-Itzá (at an additional cost) or discover life under the sea by snorkeling through the world’s second-largest coral reef surrounding the resort with Club Med’s all-inclusive water sport activities.

Club Med Michès Playa Esmeralda, Dominican Republic: The first and only operating resort in the undiscovered region of Miches – and Club Med’s only Exclusive Collection (5 Star) resort in North America – offers a luxury experience wrapped in an all-inclusive vacation. The eco-chic resort features four boutique villages specializing in wellness, adventure, kid-friendly, and adults-only concepts, catering to an array of travelers seeking a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel experience. Enjoy unlimited refined culinary options, Zen moments with treatments at the on-site Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes, yoga in the treetop wellness canopy, and relaxation at the naturally-filtered Zen pool. Must-try experiences for families include learning how to plant and compost ingredients at the on-site community garden to the boho-chic Sunset Ritual, the perfect way to end the day in paradise. Families can also satisfy their sweet tooth when discovering a Secret Chocolate Room – a first-of-its-kind kid’s speakeasy featuring unlimited sweets crafted with locally-sourced cocoa (and adults can get in on the fun, too!).

Club Med Québec, Canada: Club Med’s newest four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort, and their first in Canada, is just an hour and a half away from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, this unique waterfront mountain resort is spread across 300+ acres and features 302 spacious guestrooms, including a private Exclusive Collection (5 Star) space with 25 suites. Families, couples, and solo travelers alike will discover Québec’s natural wonders, cuisine, and culture through locally inspired culinary experiences, a variety of activities like guided mountain biking and hikes, and exploration of the surrounding destination through excursions like whale watching on the St. Lawrence River. Leave time to indulge in R&R with the resort’s expansive wellness area which features a 25-yard heated pool, 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace with a jacuzzi, and the Club Med Spa by Sothys – all overlooking the pristine Charlevoix region and welcoming guests to connect with Canada’s great outdoors. Additional wellness offerings include mountain top yoga and forest meditation.  

Additional participating resorts include Club Med Ixtapa Pacific, Mexico, Club Med Turkoise, Turks and Caicos, Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Port St. Lucie, Florida, Club Med Caravelle, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean, and Club Med Buccaneer’s Creek, Martinique, French Caribbean.

Flexible Policies
To ensure added flexibility and peace of mind for travelers, Club Med also offers:

Free Cancellation Policy: For new bookings with travel until June 30, 2022, guests can receive a full refund should they need to cancel their stay (up to 15 days prior to the anticipated travel date).

Emergency Assistance Program: All guests traveling before December 31, 2022 will receive coverage for emergency medical expenses during their stay, including those related to COVID-19.

Safe Together protocols: Implemented in all of the brand’s resorts as they reopen, including those in Florida, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Canada, these newly enhanced hygiene and safety measures were developed through recommendations from the World Health Organization, local health authorities, and the advice of an International Scientific Committee comprised of a specialized team of doctors and professors.

PCR + Rapid Antigen Testing: As required for re-entry into the United States from international destinations, Club Med offers complimentary Rapid Antigen COVID-19 tests on-site for travel through January 31, 2022. PCR testing is also available at an additional cost.

For full details on the Your Vacation Your Way Sale, visit https://www.clubmed.us/o/best-all-inclusive-vacation-deals

For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

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Romance is in the Air at Resorts for Valentine’s Day 2022

January 10, 2022
Alaia Belize Resort is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Romance in the Sea package (Photo from Alaia Belize Resort)

Love is in the air! Here are some of the best U.S. and international hotels with the best romance packages for Valentine’s Day 2022:

INTERNATIONAL:

Alaia Belize Resort – San Pedro, Belize

Romance in the Sea: Alaia Belize Resort’s Romance in the Sea package includes chocolate and Champagne among arrival, complimentary breakfasts at any Alaia restaurant, dinners for two at fine dining concept Sea Salt, a couple’s 45-minute massage treatment at their K’in Spa, and 10% off all hotel services. The package is available for all resort rooms (studios, suites, and villas) and starts at $508 per night plus tax and service. Available to book here

Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize Resort operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 yards from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views.

Villa La Estancia, Riviera Nayarit – Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Unique Suites package: Couples can elevate their Valentine’s Day getaway in Villa La Estancia’s elegant Spanish Colonial and Hacienda-style guest rooms with the unique suites package. In addition to romantic ocean facing suites with dramatic azure ocean views, guests receive a welcome charcuterie board of cheese and wine, nightly turndown service with Ferrero Rocher chocolates, a “make your own Michelada” kit, aromatherapy experience and access to the spa’s award-winning hydrotherapy circuit to spice up their tropical vacation.

Situated in the exclusive resort community of Nuevo Vallarta on the white sands of Banderas Bay’s Flamingos Beach, Villa La Estancia is an AAA Four-Diamond Resort introducing guests to authentic first-class Mexican hospitality from a jaw-dropping setting. Bottle service at sunset, gourmet cooking classes and Mayan mud massages are just a few premium experiences available to guests. Romance-seekers will also find a variety of offerings to enjoy from relaxing couples treatments from a secluded spa suite at Tatewari Spa – the #1 Spa & Wellness experience in Nuevo Vallarta – to intimate dining at top-rated onsite steakhouse La Casona.

U.S.:

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 
Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. Set on 72 acres of tropical lush gardens just 15 minutes from the nation’s only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is a dreamy destination that reopened last winter following a multi-million-dollar renovation. For couples looking for a romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day, Hyatt Puerto Rico is offering a Romance Package which includes breakfast for two, a bottle of Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The offer is valid for stays between February 19, 2022 – June 30, 2022.  The resort offers all-suite, bungalow-style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; full-service spa; five on-site culinary eateries and two 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf courses.  It is the first destination in Puerto Rico to offer a floating waterpark obstacle course over the ocean accessible exclusively for guests. The resort offers newly renovated private villas, named the Regency Suites which offer an outdoor plunge pool, outdoor shower, outdoor dining area and is steps from the beach. 
Images (Credit: Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico)

ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki – Oahu, Hawaii

Renew & Indulge package:What’s more romantic that an entire 2,250-square-foot floor all to yourselves? How about two complimentary spa treatments and a bottle of Opus One, part of the Renew & Indulge package at Honolulu’s ultra-private boutique luxury hotel ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki. With purchase of a one-week getaway, couples are treated to two 50-minute treatments at the hotel’s penthouse-level spa – which as it happens, has just two treatment rooms. Top off the experience with a private Japanese-French dinner prepared by Chef Jason Yamaguchi at ESPACIO’s rooftop infinity pool overlooking Waikiki Beach.

ESPACIO is an ultra-exclusive 9-floor, 9-suite boutique luxury hotel where each individual accommodation occupies a private 2,250 square-foot floor. Each expansive suite houses a jacuzzi-clad balcony offering panoramic ocean views, spa-like Italian marble bathrooms, in-suite dry sauna, personal elevator entry and designer kitchen. Onsite Japanese-French tasting concept Mugen features 7- and 11-course tasting menus with delicacies including Sasanian Osetra Caviar, Kona Kanpachi, Chateau Uenae A5 and a 500-bottle wine collection.

W South Beach –  Miami Beach, FL 

W South Beach recently reopened after a major dreamy design renovation of its guest suites, world-class Away Spa and bungalows so guests will be among the first to stay in the new spaces. The urban beach retreat designed guest suites offer spacious balconies with endless views of the Atlantic Ocean from every suite. The ultimate W South Beach romantic getaway includes a custom Bespoke Couples Experience at the new stunning minimalistic refuge, Away Spa where guests receive complimentary detox elixirs, charcoal cookies and cell phone sleeping bags. Post spa treatment, relax by the pool in one of WSB’s furnished cabanas and end the blissful day with dinner at the opulent MR CHOW. If you need anything during your stay, each guest receives a W Insider, a personal concierge available 24/7 for anything from dinner reservations, grocery shopping to yacht charters. The hotel is the perennial hotspot for sun-seekers, scenesters and the well-heeled in Miami Beach so you may see some celebrities during your stay.   

HarbourView Inn – Charleston, South Carolina

Allie & Noah’s Timeless Romance Package: HarbourView Inn, a newly refreshed waterfront retreat in the heart of downtown Charleston, offers the Allie & Noah’s Timeless Romance Package for love birds looking to enjoy a romantic escape. Inspired by one of Charleston’s favorite love stories, couples can visit Allie’s family summer house at Boone Hall Plantation & Gardens, and tour the iconic Magnolia Plantation and Gardens where Noah rows Allie in a canoe. Upon checking in, one dozen roses are placed in the newly-appointed guest room, and evenings can be enjoyed with a private carriage ride leading to The American Theater, where a romantic saying can be displayed on the marquee, before returning to enjoy rose petal turndown service and a bottle of sparkling wine. Additional package details include a $100 dining gift card to High Cotton and $25 gift card to famed Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

HarbourView Inn is a newly refreshed, 52-room waterfront retreat in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District that sets the stage for unforgettable adventures in the Holy City, close to yet tucked away from high-traffic tourism destinations. This former 1930’s indigo cotton warehouse turned boutique hotel recently unveiled a $1 million interior refresh of the inviting communal spaces, guestrooms and private rooftop terrace, designed by notable South Carolina-based designer Jenny Keenan of Jenny Keenan Design. The property boasts luxurious touchpoints made by local artists, artisans and vendors, while the refurbished rooftop – the only remaining private rooftop in downtown Charleston – offers plush lounge seating and surrounding views of the steeple-lined skyline, historic harbor and Waterfront Park. 

Images (Credit: HarbourView Inn, a Charlestowne Hotels managed property)

Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Illinois

Romantic Retreat: For a romantic getaway straight out of a storybook, couples who book Deer Path Inn’s new Romantic Retreat experience will be treated like royalty from the moment they check into their graciously appointed luxury suite. Package highlights include an in-suite romance-themed English Afternoon Tea service, a Valentine’s-inspired welcome cocktail, a complimentary bottle of wine to be enjoyed in-room, and daily in-room breakfast in bed. Couples can also request a rose petal turndown service to take the romance factor up a notch. Package available from January 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022; minimum two-night stay required 

Established in 1929, the 57-room Deer Path Inn is a respite for Chicago city dwellers, out of towners, and Anglophiles alike. The inn is known for its traditional Afternoon Tea service (developed in partnership with a Master of Tea from England), its exceptional dining + cocktail offerings across three restaurants (from elevated European cuisine + white glove service in The English Room to traditional bangers and mash in The White Hart Pub and creative cocktails and Chicago’s best sushi in The Bar), and spacious accommodations (some suites even offer bathtubs that fill from the ceiling!). From taking the inn’s complimentary bicycles out to Lake Michigan for a picnic to strolling through the charming local shops in nearby Market Square, Deer Path Inn offers a sophisticated take on the long weekend getaway.

Images (Credit: Deer Path Inn)

French Quarter Inn – Charleston, SC

Package details: This luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Historic District offers couples a Romantic Escape package, which includes a$100 gift card to Hall’s Chophouse, a private horse-drawn carriage tour for two, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, rose petal turndown service with a curated romantic playlist, and a handmade gift basket filled with locally sourced goods. 

This 50-room luxury boutique hotel provides an authentic Charleston experience in the heart of the Historic District. Showcasing the southern charm the city is known, comfortable upscale design is paired with high-touch service and extensive daily complimentary amenities including locally sourced artisanal breakfast, afternoon wine and cheese hour, and turndown service with hand-crafted chocolates and sound sleep pillow menu with seven different options. French Quarter Inn is committed to providing guests the highest level of hospitality and has been ranked a top 5 hotel in the U.S. for four years in a row in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards

The Spectator Hotel

Package details: Charleston’s high-design, distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler offers a Charms of Charleston package, which includes a historic garden tour for two, a private walking tour of Historic Charleston, and a $100 gift card to local restaurants including Halls Chophouse, Rita’s Seaside Grille, High Cotton or Slightly North of Broad. Couples can also take advantage of personal butler service (this is the only hotel in Charleston with this offering) to coordinate anything from drawing a candlelit rose petal bath to more extravagant requests like creating an in-room movie night complete with food, cocktails, and a selection of romantic classics. 

Charleston’s high-design, distinct boutique hotel for the well-heeled traveler is inspired by the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, marrying elite luxury with ultimate comfort provided by meticulously curated service and amenities. The hotel’s personal butler service (the only hotel in Charleston with this offering) can coordinate anything from developing itineraries and packing services to drawing candlelit rose petal baths and making late night food deliveries, making guests look and feel their best. Additional complimentary amenities include artisanal in-room breakfast, specialty welcome cocktails, and The Bar, The Spectator’s renowned 1920’s themed cocktail lounge serving seasonal hand-crafted specialty cocktails using local ingredients and flavors of the south.

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Destination Resorts Give Warm Welcome from Winter Chill

January 10, 2022
Resort destinations like the Zemi Beach House, Anguilla, give a warm welcome to those who want to escape winter’s chill (Photo Credit: Zemi Beach House)

Looking for a warm weather destination resort? From Belize to Anguilla, and all the way to Dubai, we’ve rounded up several of the top destinations to escape winter’s chill:

Destinations for Families:

Mayakoba, MX – Banyan Tree Mayakoba

At Riviera Maya’s most exclusive five-star, all-villa eco resort, families looking to spend the winter vacation under the warm Mexican sunshine would be delighted to book one of Banyan Tree Mayakoba’s two room categories specifically constructed for families looking to spread their wings. Choose from either a Three Bedroom Family Residence or a Beachfront Three-Bedroom Pool Villa, each sleeping up to 6 with over 2700 square feet of space, a private plunge pool, hammocks and separate living room. Families staying on property will also have access to an array of innovative, experiential programs aimed at sustainability, wellbeing and stewardship – pillars that are innate to the Banyan Tree brand, including: Garden-Haab, an educational greenhouse experience where guests can learn about sustainable processes used on property to protect the local flora of Mayakoba, guided bike rides through nature trails to explore cenotes and learn about local fauna, Turtle Release experiences where you can release baby turtles and ensure they reach the sea safely, culinary classes ranging from Thai Spices and Mexican Cooking to Italian Favorites and Pastries, Jim McClean Golf School where families can take private golf classes in the first pure performance golf lab in the country, or learn how to make your notebook from scratch with the Recycling Paper Workshop. A newly renovated Kid’s Club is also available for those little ones looking for a safe sanctuary to do remote learning or have fun beachside.

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai is the ultimate over-the-top destination ideal for family members of all ages! From Dubai’s famous Aquaventure waterpark with experiences such as near-vertical drop slides, sea lion cuddling, and an aquarium with 65,000 marine animals, to Atlantis’s Michelin-star restaurants such as Nobu and Hakkasan – the options are endless for families.. In addition to world-class dining and bucket-list experiences, Atlantis is home to some of the best nightlife and entertainment in the Middle East. For adults who want to escape the youngsters for a bit, guests can take advantage of Atlantis’s Kids club and 24-hour nanny services to enjoy all that Atlantis has to offer during the holiday season!

Altamer Resort, Anguilla

Altamer Resort is Anguilla’s hidden gem consisting of three private villas ideal for families. In addition to the Antilles Pearl (sleeps up to 10 guests), the Petit Topaz (sleeps up to 4), Altamer is days away from reopening the Blue Diamond Villa, a 13,000 square-foot villa sleeping up to 12 guests. Guests of Altamer can enjoy their own private beach, a butler and chef upon request, boat day charters, tennis lessons, yoga lessons and much more – the perfect destination for a private, secluded holiday.

Alaia Belize – San Pedro, Belize

Situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, Alaia Belize operates as the first true four diamond resort on Ambergris Caye. The beachfront hotel sits just 600 meters from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, live art gallery, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, a kid’s club, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views. Alaia Belize allows hotel guests and residential owners to intimately connect with their surroundings as it was designed to stimulate all five senses. With interiors curated by renowned Brazilian designer Debora Aguiar, the boutique resort is meant to invite guests to touch, stay and feel connected to Mother Nature, from the warm and harmonious ambiance, woven textures, natural fibers and touches of greenery. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views. Seamlessly blending the indoor and outdoor settings, the rooms offer an average of 1,200 square feet indoors and almost 900 square feet in open air, per unit. 

Offer timeframe: The offer is available to book now for stays through November 2022. 

For Solo Travelers:

Picocanoa Rodavento – Veracruz, Mexico

Picocanoa Rodavento, an eco-lodge in Veracruz, Mexico, offers a one-of-a-kind warm weather escape for an adventurous holiday trip where thrill seekers can explore the surrounding jungle-clad hills by whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and even zipping across the canyon and colorful treetops. Visitors can also relax and unwind as the glamping site offers traditional wellness treatments, including a traditional Mayan temazcal prehispanico steam bath, as well as an outdoor pool and bar surrounded by lush greenery, a campfire for enjoying traditional batucada drum parties and safari tents and cabins that travelers can book for $98/night on outdoor accommodation website Pitchup.com.

For Couples:

Zemi Beach House, Anguilla

Hugging the crystal waters and perched atop the powder white Shoal Bay Beach, Zemi Beach House is Anguilla’s award-winning luxury boutique hotel. Arrive in style by private plane or sea shuttle from St. Maarten and soak up all that Zemi has to offer—from the one-of-a-kind Thai House Spa to the unique pools and cabanas, to the variety of watersports and beachfront activities. Experience toes-in-the-sand dining with a special curated menu of Caribbean-style cuisine and visit the Rhummelier who will guide you through a sampling of high-end rhums in the chic Rhum Room – a truly unique place to end off the year just right.

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Dude Ranchers’ Association Welcomes 5 New Members

January 10, 2022
Located in a beautiful mountain valley three miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch has been serving guests for almost 100 years and is one of five new members of the dude Ranchers’ Association.

Cody, WY – The Dude Ranchers’ Association welcomed five more dude ranches into its membership of  nearly 100 dude and guest ranches in western US and Canada during 2021:


Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch – Cody, Wyoming                                         
Located in a beautiful mountain valley three miles from the East Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Shoshone Lodge and Guest Ranch has been serving guests for almost 100 years. With abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and access to hundreds of miles of horseback riding and hiking trails in the Shoshone National Forest.


Blackwater Creek Ranch – Cody, Wyoming                                               
If you want a real western experience, look no further than Blackwater Creek Ranch where the trails lead thru the Shoshone National Forest to breathtaking views.  Just 15 miles east of Yellowstone National Park, the Ranch was permitted as a tourist camp in the early 1900s and is one of the oldest ranches on the North Fork of the Shoshone River.  Its week-long all-inclusive vacation is packed with adventures for the young and old.  “We keep our numbers small to maintain that family feeling. There are no “frills” here just plain old-time family fun.”

Kara Creek Ranch – Sundance, Wyoming                                              
Discover the magic of Kara Creek Ranch and feel the heart and soul of real cowboy living. At Kara Creek Ranch, you are invited into their home, sharing everything there is to ranch and cowboy life. Kara Creek offers a true working ranch vacation where you learn how to live and work as a real cowboy.


Darwin Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming                                               
Drawing inspiration from safari lodges of East Africa, the Darwin Ranch is a secluded high-altitude oasis. At the most remote guest ranch in the lower 48 states, 25 miles down a dirt road, you will find a herd of horses dotting a spectacular green river valley amid a collection of 100-year-old cabins. The ranch is surrounded by 2.5 million acres of Bridger Teton National Forest and in a secluded and amazing area.

Circle Bar Ranch – Hobson, Montana                                                
The Circle Bar Ranch is a historic guest ranch that dates back to the 1800s in central Montana. The 520-acre guest ranch sits at the base of the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. Guests can explore the mountains by horseback, and enjoy fishing, hiking, shooting, archery, and other activities while staying in historic accommodations. Explore the surrounding area of the Judith River Headwaters and the Little Belt Mountains and ride where western artist Charlie Russell once rode. At 5000 feet in elevation, the Circle Bar enjoys the best of Montana’s weather with a host of activities to enjoy.

There are nearly 100 Dude Ranchers’ Association member dude ranches across the Western United States and Canada, each entirely different from one another. The association can help you select the best one for your ranch vacation (307-587-2339,  info@duderanch.org, duderanch.org).

See: WYOMING’S RED REFLET RANCH PROVIDES UNMATCHED EXPERIENCE FOR FAMILIES

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Ikon Pass Introduces Ikon Pass Travel Service to Book Trips Across 47 Destinations Worldwide

January 5, 2022
Winter Park, Colorado, is one of 47 Ikon Pass mountain destinations worldwide, now part of the Ikon Pass Travel service © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

DENVER, CO – New for winter 21/22, Alterra Mountain Company’s Ikon Pass is introducing Ikon Pass Travel, a travel planning service that offers pass holders the ability to seamlessly explore options and book all aspects of adventure across Ikon Pass destinations. Ikon Pass Travel is a new benefit offered exclusively to Ikon Pass holders.

With Ikon Pass Travel, pass holders log into their Ikon Pass account, and are then able to browse and compare airfare, hotels, and activities across Ikon Pass destinations to create a customized travel package. Create a vacation package yourself and book online or be matched with an Ikon Pass Travel specialist. The Ikon Pass Travel specialists have personal knowledge of all 47 Ikon Pass destinations across the Americas, Europe, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand and can customize the ideal adventure for any skier or rider based on the pass holder’s criteria. 

“We are excited to offer Ikon Pass Travel exclusively to pass holders and help them easily customize the best adventure possible to their favorite mountain or a new destination they have not explored yet,” said Bob Stinchcomb, Senior Vice President of Sales, Alterra Mountain Company. “Ikon Pass Travel can create those aspirational plans and turn, ‘I want to go,’ into, ‘I am going.’”

Ikon Pass Travel may be accessed at ikonpass.com/travel now. Pass holders log into their 21/22 Ikon Pass account, select a destination and travel dates, then choose from a number of available lodging properties, plus airfare and other activities, all in one convenient location.

Other Ikon Pass membership benefits include Friends & Family lift discounts, new Ikon Pass First Tracks, and free Adventure Assurance, providing more flexibility to Ikon Pass holders.

The Ikon Pass unlocks adventure with access to 47 iconic winter destinations across the Americas, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand and is a collaboration of industry leaders Alterra Mountain Company, Aspen Skiing Company, Boyne Resorts, POWDR, and numerous independent ski destinations. Each demonstrates integrity, character and independence that is reflected in their mountains and guests.

For more information on the Ikon Pass, visit www.ikonpass.com. To maximize the Ikon Pass this winter, download the Ikon Pass app found in most app stores, now also available in Canada.

The Ikon Pass, from the Alterra Mountain Company, provides skiers and riders access to 47 mountain destinations across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. These include Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming; Big Sky Resort in Montana; Stratton, Sugarbush Resort, and Killington in Vermont; Windham Mountain in New York; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan; Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Schweitzer in Idaho; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada; Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico; Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird in Utah; Dolomiti Superski in Italy, Kitzbühel in Austria, Zermatt in Switzerland; Thredbo and Mt Buller in Australia; Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt in New Zealand; Niseko United in Japan, and Valle Nevado in Chile. Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing and heli-accessed hiking operation. For more information, visit www.ikonpass.com.

Alterra Mountain Company is a family of 15 iconic year-round destinations, including the world’s largest heli-ski operation, offering the Ikon Pass, the premier season pass across the globe. The company owns and operates a range of recreation, hospitality, real estate development, food and beverage, retail and service businesses. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, with destinations across the continent, Alterra Mountain Company is rooted in the spirit of the mountains and united by a passion for outdoor adventure. Alterra Mountain Company’s family of diverse playgrounds spans six U.S. states and three Canadian provinces: Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado; Palisades Tahoe, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Stratton and Sugarbush Resort in Vermont; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Tremblant in Quebec, Blue Mountain in Ontario; Crystal Mountain in Washington; Deer Valley Resort and Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah; and CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures in British Columbia. Also included in the portfolio is Alpine Aerotech, a worldwide helicopter support and maintenance service center in British Columbia, Canada. Alterra Mountain Company honors each destination’s unique character and authenticity and celebrates the legendary adventures and enduring memories they bring to everyone. For more information, visit www.alterramtnco.com.

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Woodstock Inn Offers Ski Packages at its Suicide Six Ski Area

January 5, 2022
In the heart of Vermont’s snow-covered Green Mountains and the picturesque town of Woodstock, VT, the Woodstock Inn & Resort offers value-added packages featuring numerous snow sports at the Suicide Six Ski Area and at its Nordic ski center.

WOODSTOCK, VT  – In the heart of Vermont’s snow-covered Green Mountains and the picturesque town of Woodstock, VT, the Woodstock Inn & Resort welcomes guests in search of cold weather pursuits with value-added packages for the whole family. The 142-room luxury resort offers numerous snow sports at the Suicide Six Ski Area and Nordic Center, as well as endless après ski activities with its award-winning Spa and farm-to-table dining options. 

Vermont’s leading family ski resort, the Suicide Six Ski Area, is home to 100 acres of skiing and snowboarding on 24 trails and slopes suitable for all skill levels and offers wide open spaces and shorter than average lift times. New for 2022 is a Sunkid conveyor lift named Snow Day, which offers ease of use, weather protection, and increased uptime for reliable transport to the Snow Day Learning Area. Those new to skiing have the option to learn from the resort’s world-class ski & ride school offering private and semi-private lessons to acquaint themselves with new equipment and the slopes. The school also offers uphill travel lessons to learn best practices of “skinning.” Also featured at the mountain is state-of-the-art snow-making technology and a freestyle terrain park. Open weekly Wednesday through Sunday, Suicide Six will also be open daily for holiday weeks and peak periods.

For cross country skiing, fat tire biking, and snowshoeing, 45 kilometers of groomed trails are primed for exploration at the Nordic Center. The extensive network of trails weaves throughout Mt. Peg and nearby Mt. Tom in the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park. Snowshoers & fat bike riders may utilize the groomed ski trail areas in addition to a series of ungroomed trails for a more invigorating hike. Rentals, clothing, winter sport accessories, trail maps and passes are available at the center, as well as lessons, tours, and clinics with local experts.

Families, couples, and snow sports enthusiasts can enjoy one of the 2022 winter packages, including:

The Family First Run Package begins new traditions of learning how to ski. During a family lesson, parents will pick up new tips while the children master the basics.

  • Two nights’ accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Two day passes to the Suicide Six Ski Area
  • One family lesson
  • S’mores kit for après ski
  • Starting at $753 per night or $1503 for two nights, for two adults and two children

Teach Your Honey How to Ski Package is the perfect romantic getaway for couples who want their partner to learn ski basics while they take to the slopes.

  • Luxurious Accommodations
  • Two-hour private beginner ski lesson (lift ticket included)
  • Lift ticket at the Suicide Six Ski Area for a second person
  • Two après ski cocktails
  • Starting at $631 for a one-night stay for two adults

Unlimited Snowsports Package is the ultimate adventure package that includes alpine skiing, Nordic Treks, fat tire biking, and snowshoeing.

  • Two nights’ accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • Unlimited access to snow sports at the Woodstock Nordic Center and Suicide Six Ski Area
  • Starting at $669 per night or $1,338 for two nights for two adults

Packages are available for stays from January 4 through March 12, 2022, based on availability. Pricing does not include applicable tax, gratuity, and the $35 per room, per night resort fee. Blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

This season, Perley’s Pourhouse will offer grab-and-go food and made-to-order beverages options at Suicide Six Ski Area.  The ski area’s newly expanded outdoor deck features additional seating, gas fire pits, and wind cover areas for guests to sit back, relax, and warm up by the fire. The Woodstock Inn & Resort offers locally sourced cuisine at The Red Rooster, which is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

After hitting the slopes, skiers can head back to the Woodstock Inn & Resort to relax in the library, participate in a friendly competition in the Inn’s flannel-draped retro game room, or opt for a soothing treatment at The Spa, the Inn’s award-winning, 10,000 sq ft wellness retreat. Guests can indulge in specialized facial treatments that utilize all-natural skincare products, tools, and techniques through a new partnership with Tata Harper, a leading Vermont-based all-natural skincare brand. Guests can opt for the seasonal Winter Rose treatment which restores the skin’s glow with a spiced cranberry orange body scrub followed by a rose-colored clay mask wrap. 

Located in idyllic Woodstock, Vermont, the Woodstock Inn & Resort defines country sophistication in one of New England’s most charming and popular year-round vacation destinations.  The 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts LVX Collection, offers award-winning dining in two restaurants, ranked among the finest in New England.  The Woodstock Inn & Resort is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.  Proceeds from Resort operations support The Woodstock Foundation and Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs.

Recognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, Suicide Six has a rich history. America’s first rope tow, introduced on nearby Gilbert’s Farm in 1934, evolved into the opening of Suicide Six in 1936. In 1961 Laurance S. Rockefeller purchased Suicide Six from its founder, Wallace “Bunny” Bertram, as part of his vision for the community of Woodstock. Suicide Six is one of Vermont’s leading family-friendly ski resorts featuring more than 100 acres of skiing on 24 trails with terrain suitable for all abilities.

The Woodstock Inn & Resort is a member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Lifestyle Collection, which represents premier global properties that offer engaging stays and memorable moments. Authentic, intelligent, and approachable, this diverse collection presents hotels and resorts featuring responsive service and local dining that articulate culture and style. For more information, visit PreferredHotels.com.

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NYC Winter Outing Deals at Restaurants, Broadway, Hotels, Attractions Run Jan 18-Feb 13

December 29, 2021
NYC Winter Outing,running from January 18 through February 13, 2022, offers visitors and locals an opportunity to enjoy vibrant wintertime experiences at an attractive price point across hotels, dining, Broadway, museums, cultural institutions, attractions, performing arts and tours © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

New York City — NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization and convention and visitors bureau, today announced details of NYC Winter Outing, presented by preferred payment partner Mastercard, running from January 18 through February 13, 2022, offering visitors and locals an opportunity to enjoy vibrant wintertime experiences at an attractive price point across hotels, dining, Broadway, museums, cultural institutions, attractions, performing arts and tours. The program will bring together NYC & Company’s three signature programs, NYC Restaurant WeekNYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week, and introduce a new program, NYC & Company’s first-ever NYC Hotel Week—which reservations opened for today at nycgo.com/hotelweek—creating ultimate value across the five boroughs. Further details on NYC Winter Outing are available at nycgo.com/winterouting, and deals will include:

·         22 percent off hotel stays across the City to welcome the year 2022

·         2-for-1 tickets to Broadway shows, attractions, museums, cultural institutions, performing arts and tours

·         Prix-fixe menus at hundreds of exceptional restaurants and neighborhood favorites across the five boroughs.

Give the gift of New York City this holiday season with a trip this January or February, and begin booking accommodations at 22 percent off the standard retail rate for NYC Hotel Week, January 4 through February 13, at nycgo.com/hotelweek. There are currently 115 hotels across all five boroughs participating in NYC Hotel Week, covering a wide range of hotels for every visitor, from major brands to unique independent hotels, and options for every price point from moderate to luxury. Bookings for NYC Restaurant WeekNYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week will open January 11.

“We encourage travelers to give the gift of New York City this year, by taking a trip during a time with lesser crowds and incredible value on premier hotels, exceptional dining, Broadway, world-class arts and culture and more,” said Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company. “We look forward to reintroducing visitors to our vibrant city during NYC Winter Outing this year and reminding locals of the incredible opportunities at their fingertips.”

Mastercard cardholders can enjoy early access from January 6–9 to tickets and reservations for NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week. Additionally, when dining with a preregistered card during NYC Restaurant Week, all Mastercard cardholders will receive an exclusive $10 statement credit (for up to 10 transactions, totaling a $100 rebate) when spending $39 or more on-site at participating restaurants, subject to NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2022terms and restrictions.

“Bringing locals and visitors together to explore New York City’s iconic experiences is truly Priceless,” said Cheryl Guerin, Executive Vice President of North America Marketing & Communications at Mastercard. “Together with NYC & Company, Mastercard is providing people meaningful ways to connect to their passions, whether culinary or travel or arts and entertainment, and create once-in-a-lifetime memories that no other city can offer.”

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment has partnered with NYC & Company as a sponsor of NYC Winter Outing, to offset participation fees for businesses across the boroughs in response to New York City’s ongoing tourism recovery.

“As we continue along the path of recovery, the Mayor’s Office is proud to support NYC Winter Outing, a program showcasing the best of the City’s dining, arts and culture, and hospitality, as it returns this winter after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Anne del Castillo, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment.

Further details are available today at nycgo.com/winterouting and a full list of NYC Winter Outing offers and participants will be available in the coming weeks. Reservations for NYC Hotel Week deals are open now at nycgo.com/hotelweek for hotel stays from January 4 through February 13. Bookings for NYC Restaurant WeekNYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week will open January 11, for experiences from January 18 through February 13.

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Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration is Back! And You’re Invited (Properly Vaxxed)

December 16, 2021
The highly anticipated December 31 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is inviting revelers back to Times Square to safely watch the Ball Drop in person with proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

The highly anticipated December 31 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration is inviting revelers back to Times Square to safely watch the Ball Drop in person with proof of full vaccination and valid photo identification. Organized by The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the festivities will also be broadcast for television and internet audiences, and will include a virtual multi-media experience.

“This year, we are ready and thrilled to welcome a full house of revelers back to Times Square to celebrate the New Year,” said Tom Harris, President, Times Square Alliance. “Now more than ever we need to come together to revive our favorite traditions with our loved ones – reflecting on a tough year behind us while looking forward to a new year with hope.”

All in-person revelers are required to be vaccinated. Attendees who are age 5 or over must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the event. Proof of vaccination must include an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sinopharm or Sinovac). Unvaccinated minors under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult to enter the event. Face coverings are required for unvaccinated minors who are medically able to tolerate a face-covering.

Persons who are unable to get vaccinated because of a disability will be required to present proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event and if medically able to tolerate a face-covering, wear a mask for the entire duration of the event.

A Times Square New Year’s Eve commercial-free webcast will cover the action and festivities in Times Square, beginning with the Ball Raising at 6 p.m. EST, plus live musical performances, hourly countdowns, behind-the-scenes stories, and star-studded interviews as anticipation builds towards the midnight countdown and the famous Ball Drop. The webcast will be streamed live on multiple websites, including TimesSquareNYC.org, NewYearsEve.nyc, LiveStream.com/2022 and TimesSquareBall.net. Embedding codes and additional webcast info is available at: https://www.timessquarenyc.org/times-square-new-years-eve/nye-live-webcast or LiveStream.com/2022.

Additionally, Jamestown, the owner of One Times Square (home of the iconic New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Celebration) will bring back its virtual New Year’s Eve experience with the VNYE app. Through the VNYE app, people from across the globe can explore the virtual world of Times Square, play games, and livestream New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square and around the world. Broadcast networks also will be airing elements of the Times Square celebration.

Revelers began celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square as early as 1904, but it was in 1907 that the New Year’s Eve Ball made its maiden descent from the flagpole atop One Times Square. Seven versions of the Ball have been designed to signal the New Year.

New York in 1904 was a city on the verge of tremendous changes – and, not surprisingly, many of those changes had their genesis in the bustling energy and thronged streets of Times Square. Two innovations that would completely transform the Crossroads of the World debuted in 1904: the opening of the city’s first subway line and the first-ever celebration of New Year’s Eve in Times Square.

This inaugural bash commemorated the official opening of the new headquarters of The New York Times, at the time, Manhattan’s second tallest building. The newspaper’s owner, German Jewish immigrant Adolph Ochs, spared no expense to ensure a party for the ages. The night was such a rousing success that Times Square instantly replaced Lower Manhattan’s Trinity Church as “the” place in New York City to ring in the New Year. Before long, this party of parties would capture the imagination of the nation, and the world.

When two years later, the city banned the fireworks display Ochs arranged to have a large, illuminated seven-hundred-pound iron and wood ball lowered from the tower flagpole precisely at midnight to signal the end of 1907 and the beginning of 1908.

On that occasion, and for almost a century thereafter, Times Square sign maker Artkraft Strauss was responsible for the ball-lowering. In 1914, The New York Times outgrew Times Tower and relocated to 229 West 43rd Street. By then, New Year’s Eve in Times Square was already a permanent part of our cultural fabric.

The Ball has been lowered every year since 1907, with the exceptions of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended due to the wartime “dimout” of lights in New York City. Nevertheless, the crowds still gathered in Times Square in those years and greeted the New Year with a minute of silence followed by the ringing of chimes from sound trucks parked at the base of the tower—a harkening-back to the earlier celebrations at Trinity Church, where crowds would gather to “ring out the old, ring in the new.”

The Ball is a geodesic sphere, 12 feet in diameter, and weighs 11,875 pounds,  covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles of varying sizes, and illuminated by 32,256 LEDs (light emitting diodes). For Times Square 2022, 192 Waterford Crystal triangles introduce the new Gift of Wisdom design represented by a central wheel with wedge cut petals of knowledge growing ever forward.

Today, New Year’s Eve in Times Square is a bona fide international phenomenon. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people still gather around the Tower, now known as One Times Square, and wait for hours in the cold of a New York winter for the famous Ball-lowering ceremony. Seeing it live is an experience that should be had once in a lifetime.

Thanks to satellite technology, a worldwide audience estimated at over one billion people watch the ceremony each year. The lowering of the Ball has become the world’s symbolic welcome to the New Year.

More information at TimesSquareNYC.org and TimesSquareBall.net.