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Two of San Francisco’s ‘Loftiest’ Hotels Offer Holiday Skate, Shop and Stay Packages

November 1, 2019
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Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco recently introduced their Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Packages, ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

SAN FRANCISCO –Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel recently introduced their Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Packages. Ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, both Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel are your home away from home during the holidays.

Featured from November 5, 2019 through January 22, 2020, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $139 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations, two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

Also featured from November 5, 2019 through January 22, 2020, the Parc 55 San Francisco’s Holiday Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $139 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

In addition to exploring the vibrant Union Square neighborhood to view the spectacular holiday decorations, guests can enjoy shopping at the city’s largest selection of retail stores, outlets, boutiques and department stores; ice skating at the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink; taking in a holiday production at one of the many neighborhood theaters; visiting Santa Claus at Macy’s; enjoying The Nutcracker at the War Memorial Opera House; taking a ride on San Francisco’s legendary Cable Car; or drifting the streets of Union Square, which will be decked out in holiday cheer for the season. 

Cityscape – The Best View in San Francisco

Located on the 46th floor of Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Cityscape Lounge features breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Bay Area including San Francisco’s many famous landmarks. The iconic lounge offers inventive signature cocktails, beautifully presented small plates and desserts, local wines by the glass, a variety of beers on tap, and rare, hard-to-find spirits. Cityscape is the quintessential destination for those that want to experience the city’s most dynamic and stunning views and scope out the “lay of the land.” Guests are treated to sights that can only be seen from the vantage point of Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s highest tower.

Urban Tavern – A Local Craft Beer Destination in Union Square

Urban Tavern represents a new option for hyper-local Bay Area craft beers and California comfort food, located right off the corner of O’Farrell and Mason streets just steps from Union Square. The restaurant is open every day, with happy hour from 4:00-6:00 p.m., dinner from 5:00-10:00 p.m., and the bar open until 11:00 p.m. Featuring a full menu of locally-inspired cuisine, Urban Tavern has the distinctive personality of a metropolitan gastropub, and highlights hand-crafted beers, as well as local wines and spirits.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication. The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theater and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and Civic Center. Featuring 1,921 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a modern fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Food and beverage options include inventive cocktails and small plates at Cityscape Lounge on the 46th floor with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks, nightly dinner at Urban Tavern with local Bay Area beers and California comfort food, grab-and-go food and drinks at Herb N’ Kitchen marketplace, and signature cocktails in The Lobby Bar’s lively atmosphere. Visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s fashionable shopping and entertainment district, Parc 55 San Francisco – a Hilton Hotel is a metropolitan, boutique-­like business hotel with a welcoming energy. While the uniquely-San Francisco hotel is surrounded by the excitement and bustle of the popular neighborhoods of Union Square, SOMA, Financial District and Civic Center, this contemporary property is an urban oasis with world-class services and amenities. Boasting 1,024 guest rooms and 54 suites, the hotel features picturesque views, a 24-hour fitness center and extended access to its neighboring sister property Hilton San Francisco Union Square, which offers an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi. In addition to the on-site Michelin star-rated Thai restaurant, Kin Khao and Cable 55 Restaurant and Bar, Parc 55 guests can also enjoy shared billing with the neighboring Hilton property, which features inventive cocktails and small plates at Cityscape Lounge on the 46th floor with 360-degree skyline views, nightly dinner at Urban Tavern with local Bay Area beers and California comfort food, grab-and-go food and drinks at Herb N’ Kitchen marketplace, and signature cocktails in The Lobby Bar’s lively atmosphere. Visit www.parc55hotel.com. 

For more information about and reservations for Hilton San Francisco Union Square, visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com or call (415) 771-1400. For more information about and reservations for Parc 55 San Francisco, visit www.parc55hotel.com or call (415) 392-8000. 

 

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Fall Deals from Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt.: Adult Sleepaway Camp + O’Christmas Tree Package

October 26, 2019
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The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont, is offering fall deals including an an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion and O’ Christmas Tree Package.

With the kids back at school and (hopefully) settled into a new school year routine, it’s your turn to go to sleepaway camp and get some rest and relaxation in before the busy holiday season kicks into high gear.  Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. has an Adult Sleepaway Camp Promotion valid on travel Oct. 20 through Dec. 13: there are still s’mores (with a glass of wine), activities (tennis or beer/distillery tours, anyone?) and time to relax (soothing spa treatments) but the accommodations and company are upgraded from our youth. Stay one night, get one free 50 minute spa service, 22% gratuity included (offer valid per room and limited to one treatment per room night). Rates start at $212 per night. Book here.

And come December, picking out the family Christmas tree is a great way to kick off the holiday season, and Topnotch’s O’ Christmas Tree Package includes luxury overnight accommodations and a wagon ride through a tree farm to find the perfect tree (up to 9 feet tall) that you select and cut on-site. Once cut, the tree is professionally wrapped, packaged and loaded onto your car for a safe trip home.  Rates start at $179 per night and the package is available Nov. 29 through Dec. 20. Book here.

The AAA Four-Diamond Topnotch Resort is located 10 minutes from Stowe with the best views in the area of Mount Mansfield. Relax in the award-winning spa, enjoy locally-sourced dining at two restaurants with sweeping views of the Green Mountains, take a tennis or pickleball lesson at the Topnotch Tennis Center, or marvel at the stunning mountain views from the heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi while sipping hot chocolate or a specialty cocktail at the outdoor fire pits, or during a horseback or carriage ride arranged through the Equestrian Center at Topnotch. Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear located on property can arrange and outfit for any activity year-round, from skiing and boarding to mountain biking and fishing, or take the Topnotch Brewery and Distillery Tour which visits the region’s highly acclaimed breweries and distilleries. Dogs are welcome at Topnotch, with dog beds, CBD treats and special canine-friendly turndown service and spa treatments.

Call 800-451-8686 or visit www.topnotchresort.com/.

 

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Nantucket’s White Elephant Partners with Mandarin Oriental, Boston to Offer ‘2 If by Land, 3 if by Sea’ Package

May 29, 2019
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The White Elephant on Nantucket

Can’t decide between a beach holiday on an iconic island and a city stay packed with culture and history?

The White Elephant on Nantucket is partnering with Mandarin Oriental, Boston to offer guests a New England vacation experience with three nights on the island and two nights under the city lights. The package also includes experiences such as a sailing tour around Nantucket and tickets to the Whaling Museum, the backbone of the island’s history. Rates start at $3,398 for two guests.

Overlooking Nantucket Harbor, White Elephant is the quintessential New England retreat composed of peaceful, light-filled guest rooms and charming garden cottages that dot the water’s edge. Guests of the hotel can dine al fresco at Brant Point Grill, Nantucket’s premier steak and seafood restaurant, or pick up a book from the on-property library and spend the day in a chaise on the Harborside Lawn. White Elephant also offers complimentary Priority Bicycle rentals, making for an easy ride to the island’s many beaches and favorite spots such as Bartlett’s Farm and the Brant Point Lighthouse. Guests who book the top suite at the hotel will also receive the keys to a 2019 BMW vehicle for the duration of their stay.

During a visit to Mandarin Oriental, Boston guests can unwind with The Spa’s tension melting New England Retreat therapy. The treatment begins with a full dry body brush exfoliation, followed by a targeted tension relieving massage. To finish, warm muds and de-stressing muscle gels are applied to revitalize and refresh. Guests will also enjoy a personal shopping experience at Lilly Pulitzer on nearby Newbury Street so they can deck themselves out in the perfect seaside attire.

The Two if by Land, Three if by Sea package starts at $3,398 plus taxes and gratuities and includes:

Two if by Land at Mandarin Oriental, Boston

–          Two-night stay in luxurious accommodations

–          Daily breakfast at Bar Boulud or in-room for two people

–          Boston-themed welcome amenity

–          New England Retreat treatment at The Spa for two people

–          $250 gift card to Lilly Pulitzer

 

Three if by Sea at White Elephant, Nantucket

–          Three-night stay in seaside accommodations

–          Daily breakfast for two people

–          Nantucket-themed welcome amenity

–          Endeavor sunset sail and island tour

–          Two tickets to the Whaling Museum

–          Three-course dinner with wine pairings at the waterfront Brant Point Grill for two people

The package is available until November 2, 2019, is based on double occupancy and is subject to availability. It must be booked a minimum of 7 days prior to arrival and additional nights can be booked at the best available rate. Reservations can be made by contacting hotels directly.

White Elephant, Nantucket: 1.800.445.6574

Mandarin Oriental, Boston: 617.535.8880 or emailing mosbo-reservations@mohg.com.

Nantucket Island Resorts is a collection of premier hotels on Nantucket that specialize in bringing the unique Nantucket lifestyle to all guests. From boating to fine dining to a large number of island festivals and events, Nantucket Island Resorts caters to its visitors and offers vacation planning that lets you get the most out of a Nantucket vacation while staying in a fantastic array of accommodations. Properties include The Wauwinet, which unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation in April 2019 and offers access and views of both bay and ocean beaches and home to AAA Five Diamond-rated TOPPER’S restaurant; White Elephant, offers a choice of accommodations including  an iconic hotel located right on Nantucket Harbor that offers a lovely arrangements of rooms, suites, cottages, and two stunning in-town luxury lofts as well as the Brant Point Grill. Down the street is the Inn with well-appointed deluxe rooms and suites and one-, two-, and three-bedroom Residences, that all enjoy access to the on-property heated pool; Jared Coffin House, a historic and charming hotel located in Nantucket Town and its restaurant, Nantucket Prime; The Cottages at Nantucket Boat Basin, waterfront cottages with full kitchens located on three wharves jutting out into Nantucket Harbor and featuring 12 pet-friendly accommodations. All properties were recognized by 2018 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The Nantucket Boat Basin, a 240 slip full-service award winning marina, is also part of the collection and located at the base of Town. 

An intimately luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region. Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 of the city’s most spacious guestrooms and suites, exquisite meeting and event facilities and legendary personalized service. Hotel amenities include Massachusetts’ only holistic Five-Star awarded spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center and our signature restaurant Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and wine bar from internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud. A short 15-minute drive from Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of Boston’s chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

 

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Apple Vacations Offers Kids-Stay Free Deals at 50 All-Inclusives in Caribbean, Mexico & Central America

February 22, 2019
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Families will delight in a visit to Xcaret archeological themepark to learn about Mexican heritage during a stay on the Riviera Maya, Mexico. Apple Vacations is offering kids-stay free deals at all-inclusives in Mexico, Caribbean and Central America © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Newtown Square, PA–With bookings surging for spring and summer family travel, Apple Vacations is offering kids-stay-free offers at more than 50 all-inclusive properties throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Sample promotional offers include:

Caribbean

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Dominicus La Romana*in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Melia Caribe Tropical Resort**and The Level at Melia Caribe Tropical** in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Jamaica*** in Ocho Rios
  • Two kids stay free at Now Larimar Punta Cana*and Now Onyx Punta Cana* in the Dominican Republic
  • Up to two kids 12 and under stay free at Paradisus Palma Real Golf & Spa Resort**and The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana** in the Dominican Republic
  • Kids stay free at Riu Negril****or Riu Ocho Rios**** in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Cove Montego Bay*and Sunscape Splash Montego Bay* in Jamaica
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Puerto Plata*in the Dominican Republic

 Mexico

  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Cozumel Palace***
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Huatulco Resort & Spa*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta*
  • Kids and teens aged 4 – 17 stay free at Moon Palace Cancun***and The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun***
  • Two kids stay free at Now Amber Puerto Vallarta*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos*
  • Two kids stay free at Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta*in Riviera Nayarit
  • Two kids stay free at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Ixtapa*

 Central America

  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Las Mareas Costa Rica*
  • Two kids stay free at Dreams Playa Bonita Panama*
  • Kids stay free at Riu Guanacaste**** in Costa Rica
  • Kids stay free at Riu Playa Blanca****in Panama

* Valid for select travel dates Aug. 18 – Dec. 22, 2019 on bookings received anytime

** Valid for select travel dates May 1 – Dec. 21, 2019 on bookings received by Feb. 15, 2019

*** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates now through Dec. 23, 2019

**** Valid for bookings and travel on select dates May 1 – Dec. 23, 2019

Visit www.AppleVacations.com for a full list of participating resorts and other enticing offers designed to create lasting memories for the entire family without breaking the bank.

 

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The Willard Intercontinental, DC’s Iconic Hotel, Decks its Halls for the Holidays

November 16, 2018
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The Nation’s Capital is pure magic during the holiday season and the iconic Willard Intercontinental, where Abraham Lincoln stayed before his inauguration, is offering a Wintertime Holiday Package © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

Washington, D.C. – The elegant and historical Willard InterContinental will transform into a holiday-inspired wonderland, a beloved tradition that both locals and visitors have come to anticipate each year.  Beginning on November 24, an unforgettable display of yuletide trimmings, musical fanfare and epicurean delights will permeate the property through January 1, 2019. From the historical happenings at the Round Robin Bar to the highly-sought after holiday afternoon tea in Peacock Alley, guests will have their pick of endless festive offerings.

At the center of each Willard Christmas stands the treasured tree, boasting decades of sentiment on each carefully curated branch. The only hotel in D.C. to feature the White House Ornament Collection, an initiative founded by the White House Historical Association in 1981, each ornament honors a different U.S. President or special White House event. This year will honor Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States, and will reflect three significant changes made by Truman during his administration – one to the Presidential Seal and two to the White House itself.  Another iconic facet of the hotel’s décor is their picturesque gingerbread display in the lobby that pays tribute to an iconic landmark in and around D.C.  This year’s display will pay homage to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and its storied past with a magnificent replica that will include all terminals, lighted runways, a control tower and even parts of the Washington Metro.

As always, Holiday Pies to Go will be available through the Willard’s French-inspired brasserie, Café du Parc.  From November 1 through December 24, holiday foodies can rely on pastry chefs at the property to provide an assortment of homemade, seasonal pies using the freshest of ingredients including the famed Candied Pecan Gingerbread Pumpkin Pie, Classic Chocolate Crème Pie, Citrus-Cranberry Crumble Apple Pie, Cinnamon-Oatmeal Crumble Blueberry Pie and Limencello Merengue Pie created with Executive Pastry Chef Jason Jimenez’s famous lemon curd, a popular favorite at the hotel’s afternoon tea.  Ranging from $30 to $38, forty-eight-hour notice is required for all pie orders, which can be placed by calling 202-942-7000.

Those visiting the hotel or the D.C. area at Thanksgiving and Christmas can indulge in the Thanksgiving Day Brunch and Christmas Day Brunch set against the magnificence of the Willard and Crystal Ballrooms. This scrumptious presentation offers epicurean delights involving both traditional and original Thanksgiving dishes created by Executive Chef Luca De Marchis.  This year’s highlights include a Mash Potato Martini Bar, a Carpaccio Station on a Himalayan Salt Block, a Risotto Station, and a Wild Game Meat Station plus all the holiday fixings. Kids can also rest assure that all the tot-friendly staples will be on hand from chicken fingers and mini cheese burgers to mac and cheese and curly fries. Seatings are offered between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both November 24 and December 25. The cost is $125 per adult and $55 for children under 12 (complimentary for 4 and under).  Reservations are required and can be booked by calling 202-628-9100.

Café du Parc will offer its customary breakfast, lunch and brunch a la carte options during the holidays in addition to a four-course prix-fixe lunch and dinner menu for $75 per person on Thanksgiving. Likewise, the café will create a three-course prix-fixe Christmas Eve menu for $85 per person and a New Year’s Eve prix-fixe dinner menu at $155 per person for a six-course meal. Reservations are required and can be secured by calling 202-942-7000.

The highly anticipated and quick-to-sell out Holiday Afternoon Tea presented in the grandeur of The Willard’s Peacock Alley will be held daily throughout December from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (excluding December 24, 25 and 31) priced at $65 per person and $75 with champagne. Surrounded by festive décor, visitors can indulge in a medley of distinctive teas, delectable sandwiches including Mini Pimento “BLT” Cheddar Biscuits and Citrus Crab Salad Vol-Au-Vent and seasonally inspired pastries such as Eggnog Meringue Tarts and Peppermint Profiteroles.

Now in its 17th year, The Willard’s nightly caroling program has evolved into one of the most comprehensive of its kind in Washington, with a wide array of highly accomplished choral and vocal ensembles from around the D.C. metropolitan area.  Between December 1 and December 23, city dwellers and visitors alike can enjoy the sounds of the season with complimentary, nightly chorale performances from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m in the hotel lobby. The Washington Chorus, Gay Men’s Chorus, Arlington Children’s Choir, Potomac Harmony Chorus and Carmina & Illuminare are only a few of the many musical troupes making an appearance this year.

For those seeking a festive night out, The Willard will present a special Holiday Edition of History Happy Hour on December 14 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. This two-hour event combines mixology and history for an unforgettable curated experience. Jim Hewes, the esteemed mixologist and legendary bartender at The Willard’s iconic Round Robin Bar will be joined by former renowned White House Executive Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier.  Bakers and history buffs alike will appreciate an insider’s perspective of White House holiday traditions as Chef Mesnier leads an intimate conversation regarding his 26-year tenure in the White House pastry kitchen. Guests will observe firsthand his famed culinary skills while hearing fresh insight into the six presidencies during which he worked, all while sipping on holiday-inspired dessert cocktails.

The Nation’s Capital is pure magic during the holiday season and the Willard is offering a Wintertime Holiday Package for all those interested in an overnight stay with upgraded accommodations. Booking now for November 16 through February 11, 2019 rates begin at $299 and include a $50 food and beverage credit and a 2018 commemorative White House Christmas Ornament (minimum two-night booking, 72 hours advance notice required, all based on availability).

For more information, visit www.washington.intercontinental.com  or call 202-628-9100.

 

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Royal Wedding Package at The Arch London

March 10, 2018

Feel like royalty during your stay at The Arch London. The luxury boutique hotel has a special Royal Wedding Package.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan taking place May 19, 2018, five-star boutique hotel The Arch London has created a lavish Royal Wedding package.

The Arch London is offering the ultimate luxury getaway so guests can celebrate the big day in style and be treated like royalty. The Royal Wedding package includes a two night stay in an extravagant two-bedroom suite with a large entertainment lounge and private courtyard or kitchenette.

During their stay, guests will be treated to a Best of British three-course dinner in the hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486. The following morning guests will receive the ultimate Royal treatment whilst indulging in a luxurious Champagne breakfast. This will be followed by a quintessential Royal Afternoon Tea for a truly British experience.

The exclusive package includes a tour of Windsor Castle which is the venue for the Royal nuptials and home to The Queen, boasting over 900 years of Royal history (no tour on May 19, Wedding Day). The package also includes a £100 Fortnum & Mason shopping voucher for a truly exquisite shopping spree. The Arch London will also arrange airport transfers for guests.

The Royal Wedding package is priced at £3,900 per room for a two night stay based on two people sharing. The package is available exclusively throughout May 2018.

The Arch London is a luxurious Georgian townhouse hideaway in the heart of central London. Located in an affluent area of Marylebone, across the road from Queen Madge’s London pad, the hotel is the perfect place to make guests feel like royalty. The hotel is tucked away on a quiet residential street, a stone’s throw from Bond Street, Hyde Park, the West End and London’s top attractions, and spans seven Grade II listed Georgian townhouses and two mews homes.

Dine for Free at The Arch London

The Arch London is offering guests a complimentary two-course dinner for two people when staying on a Sunday night on a bed and breakfast basis.

Guests can enjoy a two-course dinner from the ‘Best of British’ inspired menu at the boutique hotel’s stylish restaurant Hunter 486 – which is named after the 1950s dialing code for Marylebone.

Hunter 486 has an extensive wine and Champagne list with 27 available by the glass, and has been awarded the one-star award in The World of Fine Wine World’s Best Wine Lists 2017. Adjacent to the restaurant is Le Salon de Champagne.  This stylish area has a unique arty ambience with intimate secluded leather booths veiled with floor-to-ceiling silk voile drapes and oozes timeless London glamour.

In addition to a complimentary dinner, guests can also take advantage of complimentary WiFi, Nespresso coffee, tea making facilities as well as complimentary soft drinks from the minibar.

Each guestroom features luxurious amenities which are personally designed to anticipate guests every need.  A handpicked selection of classic novels can be found in the suites, while all rooms have a full Sky HD TV package, DVD Player and internet radio with over 19,000 channels for international guests. The bathrooms feature modern flourishes such as heated anti-steam mirrors and flat screen TVs built into the wall above baths.

Prices start from £350 for a Deluxe Room and from £420 for a Suite. Dine for free offer is valid until April 30, 2018.

The Arch London, 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD, reservations, call: 020 7724 4700 or www.thearchlondon.com.

 

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Gaylord National Resort Announces More Thrills and Chills This Holiday Season

December 5, 2017
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The thrill of coming down the ice slide at Gaylord National’s ice sculpture attraction, ICE! during the resort’s fabulous Christmas on the Potomac festival © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

(National Harbor, Md)– The holiday festivities are already underway at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, just outside of the nation’s capital. Christmas on the Potomac, presented by FUJIFILM INSTAX® features its famous ice sculpture attraction, an indoor Christmas village, ice skating experience and more.

No holiday season would be complete without the resort’s famous ice sculpture attraction, ICE!, presented by Pepsi, featuring a brand new theme. Families and friends can relive the beloved 1964 TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as they walk through 13 scenes of more than two million pounds of colorful ice sculptures that tell the story of how Rudolph’s red-nose first helped Santa guide his sleigh.  Kept at a chilly nine degrees, visitors also can enjoy four thrilling ice slides and a crystal clear, breathtaking Nativity scene.

ICE! opens daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Discounted ticket pricing is available now through October 1 on select days starting at $28 for adults ages 12 and older and $20 for children ages 4 to 11. Tickets after October 1 start at $32 for adults and $24 for children on value days; $38 for adults and $31 for children on general admission days; and $39 for adult and $32 for children on peak days. Kids 3 and younger are free. Military and group ticket pricing is available. Hours vary and can be found at www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com.

If a winter wonderland of ice sculptures wasn’t enough, the resort also is introducing a new Glacier Glide Ice Skating experience. The young and young at heart will delight in this timeless holiday tradition in the resort’s ornate Christmas Village. Ice Skating costs $16.99 for all ages.

The Christmas Village also is home to a variety of warmer, family-friendly entertainment including Cookies with Mrs. Claus, a carousel, miniature train ride, photos with Santa and Gingerbread Decorating Corner presented by Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas.

The resort also is bringing back its Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. For even more fun, families can work together to solve the Build-A-Bear Workshop® Scavenger Hunt to gain a “beary” special prize.

To enjoy multiple experiences at a reduced price, the resort has bundled several attractions in its Play and Save packages. The packages include a gingerbread man decorating kit, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides on the train and carousel and the option to add-on an ICE! ticket. Without ICE!, the package starts at $29.45 for all ages. With an ICE! ticket, the prices vary depending on the day of visit.

The Christmas Village isn’t the only area to experience holiday cheer within the resort. New this year, Gaylord National is introducing a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular, set within its stunning 19-story atrium. Visitors can enjoy the rich harmonies of classic and modern songs that celebrate the joy of the holiday season performed by Gaylord National singers. The show is immediately followed by a spectacular Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snowfall and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree. To reserve VIP seating for JOY, tickets costs $19.99 for all ages.

Gaylord National also will offer a new family breakfast experience featuring the star of ICE!, Rudolph! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast is a one-of-a-kind interactive character breakfast experience featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Clarice. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Breakfast is offered on select days and costs $39.99 for adults ages 12 and older and $26.99 for children ages 4 to 11. Kids 3 and younger are free.

To experience the best of Christmas in the Capital Region, the resort offers overnight packages that offer unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include:

ICE! Is Nice Package

  • One night room accommodations
  • Unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE!featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Package starts at $219 for two people.

Christmas on the Potomac Package

  • One night room accommodations
  • Unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE!featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • $100 resort credit per night for hotel dining and Relâche Spa services
  • One (1) complimentary souvenir ICE!photo

Package starts at $279 for two people.

For more information on Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord National Resort and to book a package or tickets to ICE!, visit www.ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301-965-4000.

 

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Capital Christmas: A December Vacation in Washington, DC Checks Every Box on a Holiday Wish List

December 5, 2017
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December is an enchanting time to visit Washington DC. Destination DC can help plan a visit © Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

(Washington, DC) –- Destination DC (DDC), the official marketing organization for Washington, DC is primed to help travelers plan unforgettable December holidays in the nation’s capital. Washington.org is packed with seasonal inspiration on a holiday landing page including hotel packages and deals, festive menus, ice skating rinks, Christmas markets, can’t-miss events and more. Scroll instant inspiration on DDC’s Instagram and Facebook accounts or speak with a travel concierge (1-800-422-8644), Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm EST.

“Whether your ideal December getaway includes a family photo with the National Christmas tree and A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre or a morning at the MLK Memorial, an afternoon of ice skating at the National Gallery of Art’s rink and a Michelin-star dinner, we can help you plan an unforgettable holiday in Washington, DC,” said Elliott L. Ferguson II, president and CEO of DDC.

Among special packages and events:

SEASONAL HOTEL PACKAGES

Between Nov. 28-Dec. 20, the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC displays lavish holiday décor from 20 area designers. The luxury Georgetown hotel treats travelers with 30% off suites, Dec. 4-31, 2017.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown’s Deck the Halls offer includes Santa’s milk and cookies at turn-down and an in-suite holiday tree. The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC welcomes guests to Savor the Season with a 30-foot gingerbread Washington Monument and a $50 food and beverage credit.
Winter packages at the Willard InterContinental include a delicious welcome amenity and the official 2017 White House Christmas ornament thru Dec. 31.

ICE SKATING RINKS

Twirl around the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden’s rink thru March 11, 2018. Warm up inside the Pavilion Café and visit Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry in the West Building thru Jan. 21, 2018. FREE
New: The Potomac-side rink at The Wharf in SW DC joins the party of neighborhood rinks in Georgetown and Capitol Riverfront.
New: Glide on iceless”rinks at the Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown and the Watergate Hotel.

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AND TOURS

ZooLights animates the National Zoo with more than 500,000 LED lights, snowless tubing and concerts between 5-9pm until Jan. 1 (closed Dec. 24, 25, 31). FREE

George Washington’s Mount Vernon offers character-guided candlelit tours, 18th century dancing and fireside caroling, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 17.
Holiday in the Park illuminates Six Flags America with lights, rides and s’mores Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 22-23, 26- Jan. 1.
Tour America’s roadside attractions in miniature at Seasons Greenings: National Parks and Historic Parks at the U.S. Botanic Gardens thru Jan. 2. FREE
The National Christmas tree in President’s Park on the Ellipse is attended by 56 decorated trees, Santa’s Workshop and musical performances thru Dec. 31. FREE
The National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse throughout Hanukah. On Dec. 12 at 4pm, the American Friends of Lubavitch celebrates with dreidels and donuts. FREE

SHOPPING

Find only-in-DC gifts at Made in DC, a new store in Dupont Circle and Steadfast Supply in Capitol Riverfront. Pop-up Christmas markets: Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter and Union Market’s Brief Assembly run thru Dec. 23.
CityCenterDC, the Penn Quarter’s luxury shopping and restaurant destination, dresses up with a giant reindeer, a sky-high tree for the season. Between Dec. 1-3, a 12-foot-high igloo adds to the Instagram fun.
Georgetown Glow, an outdoor exhibition of light-art installations dots the historic shopping district between 5-10pm, Dec. 8, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018. FREE

PERFORMANCES AND ATTRACTIONS

New: Digital gallery Artechouse welcomes The Imaginary World of the Nutcracker, Dec. 7, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.
The Kennedy Center hosts seasonal shows including Merry Tubachristmas! (Dec. 11, FREE), Second City’s Twist Your Dickens (Dec. 5-31) and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Handel’s Messiah (Dec. 14-17).
The Washington Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker (thru Dec. 24) swaps George Washington for the Nutcracker Prince at Warner Theatre.
A richly dressed A Christmas Carol (thru Dec. 31) takes over Ford’s Theatre.
New: Christmas Illuminated is one of many exhibits at the Museum of the Bible.

DINING AND NIGHTLIFE

Toasts the season at Drink Company’s Miracle on Seventh Street, a trio of over-the-top pop-up bars thru Dec. 31.
Find lavish holiday teas in the Lounge at the Mandarin Oriental Washington, DC and Tea Cellar at the Park Hyatt Washington DC. The St. Regis Washington D.C. celebrates 12 days of Champagne (Dec. 12-24).
Among the city’s New Year’s Eve delights, Michelin-starred chef José Andrés offers tasting menus at China Chilcano, Jaleo and Oyamel.

Destination DC, the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

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Hilton Hotels Revitalize the California Road Trip

April 20, 2017
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Take advantage of Hilton’s California Road Trip program at Hilton hotels in San Francisco and join in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, with special tours of Haight-Ashbury and the Summer of Love Experience at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park © 2017 Karen Rubin/goingplacesfarandnear.com

ANAHEIM, SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO and SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. ––Summer travel is already underway In California and travelers from around the globe this summer can enjoy the ultimate Golden State adventure with Hilton’s “California Road Trip,” a destination package that inspires thrill-seekers and value-minded explorers. Discover an array of adventures and authentic experiences with rates starting at $149 per night.  The package highlights premier destination cities such as San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Anaheim and San Diego with special rates available through Labor Day Weekend 2017. To book, visit California Road Trip Package  and take a Virtual California Road Trip on Hilton’s YouTube channel.

Participating properties include: Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara, Hilton Anaheim, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront.

With the California Road Trip package, Hilton aims to provide guests added value inside the hotel with a variety of inclusions to make your trip memorable while highlighting California as a premier destination for family fun, exploration and adventure, and exceptional hospitality through a unique partnership with its local conventions and visitors bureaus.   

“With some of the best Hilton properties on the map, ‘California Road Trip’ is the ultimate vacation package for families and friends who want to create memorable experiences on the road with spectacular scenery, fun and adventure along the way,” said Steve Cowan, general manager of Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco.

The California Road Trip package, featuring exclusive rates and added value inside and outside the hotel, will be available for purchase beginning now until Labor Day at Hilton.com as well as on the Special Offers page of each of the participating hotels’ property websites.

The California Road Trip package features savings of more than $125 per night, with exclusive discount of up to 15 percent on Enterprise/Alamo and National Car Rentals, $25 food and beverage credit (available in MIX Restaurant only), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, unlimited access to the hotel’s Health Club & Spa and a California Road Trip Road Kit featuring exclusive discounts on local entertainment and attractions. Room rates start at $149 per night, tax not included.

California Road Trip packages at a glance:

Parc 55 San Francisco—A Hilton Hotel and Hilton San Francisco Union Square package includes (Rates starting at $265):

  • The San Francisco CityPASS®program which covers unlimited cable car rides, admission to four top attractions, priced 42 percent less than the same tickets purchased separately.  CityPASS® ticket book contains helpful information, including insider tips, an attraction location map, attraction and transportation details, directions and money-saving coupons. Books are valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. Includes:

o   3-Day Muni Cable Car and Bus Passport

o   California Academy of Sciences tickets

o   Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure tickets

o   Aquarium of the Bay tickets

o   Option Ticket: Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor tickets

The Fess Parker—A DoubleTree by Hilton Resort package includes (Rates starting at $249):

  • Tote bag, Visitors Guide, Vintners Association and Urban Wine Trail Maps, Downtown Organization Map of Shopping and Cultural Attractions, Waterfront Map, Two for One Santa Barbara Sightseeing Trolley Passes, a Santa Barbara Organic Granola Bar and bag of Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. organic pistachios.

Hilton Anaheim package includes (Rates starting at $149):

  • Tote bag, bottled water, granola bars, $10 Starbucks gift card, Visit Anaheim drawstring bag, visitors guide and map, Visit Anaheim postcard with exclusive deals and discounts on local attractions and dining.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines and Hilton San Diego Bayfront packages includes (Rates starting at $249):

  • Branded bag, San Diego Magazine Spring Visitors Guide w/ coupons, Where Map, Brewers Guild map, sunglasses and mints.

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton San Francisco Union Square is a high-energy, world-class hotel that features stunning views and international sophistication.  The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,919 guest rooms and 151 suites with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, one of the city’s only outdoor heated swimming pools and an array of food and beverage outlets with artisanal flare and modern atmospheres. Dining options include the grab-and-go marketplace, Herb N’ Kitchen, The Lobby Bar with signature hand crafted cocktails, gastropub Urban Tavern with international offerings and the 46th floor Cityscape Lounge with 360-degree panoramic views of the Bay Area and San Francisco’s most popular landmarks. As the West Coast’s largest hotel, the property boasts 134,500-square-feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, for scalable meetings from startups to Fortune 500 companies. For more information, please visit www.hiltonsanfranciscohotel.com. 

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling Union Square, Hilton Parc 55 San Francisco is a boutique-style business-class hotel that features stunning views and universal sophistication. The hotel is steps from world-class shopping and under-the-radar locales rich with the history of theatre and jazz. Additionally, the hotel is convenient to the Powell Street cable car line, Moscone Convention Center, Chinatown, the Financial District, City Hall and the Civic Center. Featuring 1,024 guest rooms and 54 suites, with city views, the hotel is home to a contemporary fitness center, an array of food and beverage outlets and shared campus resources with neighboring Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Dining options include Cable 55, Michelin-rated Kin Khao Thai restaurant and Barbary Coast. As the third largest hotel in San Francisco, the property boasts 30,000-square-feet of meeting and event space. For more information, please visit www.parc55hotel.com.

The Fess Parker – A Doubletree by Hilton Resort in Santa Barbara, an AAA Four Diamond property, is located at 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, steps from the beach and within ½ mile of downtown in one of the world’s most perfect climates. The 360 room guest rooms, with their own balcony or patio, overlook the Santa Ynez mountains, 24 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens or the Pacific Ocean.  Over 44,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, including the Parker Family Wine Experience and unique outdoor Plaza del Sol make this a quintessential California destination for weddings and events. 

Hilton Anaheim is located in the heart of Anaheim’s revitalized Resort District and conveniently situated in the center of Southern California. Hilton Anaheim is just a short distance away from world-class beaches, sports stadiums and concert venues, ultra-trendy boutiques, action sports, lifestyle and tony shopping centers. Hilton Anaheim is approximately a one hour drive to downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica and South Orange County and an hour and a half drive to San Diego.

The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines offers a unique San Diego experience with a setting unlike any other in southern California. A coastal retreat situated atop the bluffs of La Jolla and overlooking the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean, sits the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. With each of the spacious 394 guest rooms featuring a private balcony or patio with magnificent views of the golf course, ocean or beautiful hotel gardens, the resort offers a genuine San Diego experience. Minutes from the beautiful beach communities of La Jolla and Del Mar and 12 miles from the San Diego International Airport, the resort offers a feeling of seclusion, yet remains close to everything San Diego has to offer. Located at 10950 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037. For additional information, please visit: www.hiltonlajollatorreypines.com.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront, a 30-story, 1,190 room hotel, is located on the edge of the bay in downtown San Diego and situated on 12.79 acres of Bayfront land. The hotel boasts 165,000 square feet of meeting and event space, four restaurants, a 7,300 square foot health club and spa, 3,000 square feet of retail space, a 2,400 square foot business center along with San Diego’s first heated saltwater hotel swimming pool and nearly $2 million of commissioned public art. Hilton San Diego Bayfront is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center and PETCO Park, located at One Park Boulevard, San Diego, 92101. For additional information, please visit www.hiltonsandiegobayfront.com. 

For more information about Hilton’s California Road Trip package, visit HiltonAnaheimRoadTrip.com 

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Romantic Getaways: Fall in Love Around the World with Red Carnation Hotels

February 9, 2017

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.– The Red Carnation Hotel Collection offers the perfect romantic rendezvous for lovers around the world. Rekindle passion in London, discover the true meaning of romance in Dorset, create unforgettable memories in Guernsey or Geneva. Florida’s tropical Palm Beach is ideal for a beachside escape, while South Africa’s stunning scenery boasts a multitude of indulgent activities.

Every Red Carnation hotel sets the scene for tender romance – rose petals and candles, Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, delectable dining and exquisite turndown surprises – each capturing a unique Valentine’s Day experience.

  • London, UK: Hotel ‘41’ overlooks the Royal Mews and grounds of the Buckingham Palace – A Night under the Stars
  • Dorset, UK: Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa is located within the glorious countryside in the picturesque village of Evershot – Valentine’s Hideaway
  • Guernsey, The Channel Islands: The Old Government House Hotel and Spa is in the heart of St. Peter Port sitting proudly just up the hill from the main shopping street and a five-minute walk from the picturesque quayside  – A Valentine’s Break
  • Geneva, Switzerland: Hotel d’Angleterre has unrivalled views of Lake Geneva’s Jet d’Eau – Romantic City Escape
  • Palm Beach, Florida: The Chesterfield Palm Beach is located in the heart of Palm Beach, just two blocks away from the world famous Worth Avenue and moments from the beaches – Sweetheart Package
  • Cape Town, South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is situated above the Atlantic Ocean and flanked by the majestic Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range – The Perfect Proposal

The Red Carnation Hotel Collection has additional luxurious packages to ensure your Valentine’s Day getaway is one to remember.

Red Carnation Hotels are a collection of family-run, award-winning boutique hotels in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA.

Each hotel is a landmark of history and tradition; from the recently restored Ashford Castle in Ireland, to the Milestone, a historic mansion hotel in the heart of London, to the truly iconic Oyster Box in South Africa – our hotels are unique and characterful with a personal approach to hospitality.

With a peerless reputation for exquisite fine dining, leading spas and sumptuous surroundings, we pride ourselves on delivering warm, thoughtful and highly personalized service.

For more information about The Red Carnation Hotel Collection, visit www.redcarnation.com.

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