The Red Lion Inn has a delicious summer menu

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Stockbridge, MA — Red Lion Inn Chef Brian Alberg has long-touted sustainability and Berkshire farm produce, and co-founded Berkshire Farm and Table. Still, he’s a chef first, which means he can’t be obsessive. For the arugula and fennel salad he chooses Vermont’s Bailey Hazen creamy raw milk blue cheese, and tops it all with peeled orange segments and bitter Spanish olive oil. Organic Scottish salmon (sustainability is judged by many factors, not just distance) is served in a stew of chickpeas, roasted cauliflower, and Swiss chard. The resulting piquant broth, elevated by the indispensable onion, is heavenly.

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Red Lion Inn Chef Brian Alberg, credit Red Lion Inn

 

One item not to miss is pastry chef William Hostetter’s pink grapefruit tart, which is a genius riff on Key lime pie. Tangy-sweet grapefruit juiced custard is offset by tart unsweetened raspberry sauce, and finished with a dollop of whipped High Lawn Farms cream, skimmed a day or so before in neighboring Lee. If that’s whipped cream, what the hell is that canned stuff?

 

For more info: The Red Lion Inn

 

Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates National Oyster Day

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New York, NY – The historic Grand Central Oyster Bar celebrates National Oyster Day Tuesday, August 5, with a grand prize drawing to win a glamorous pearl necklace and earring set from Staten Island’s Casale JewelersIn addition, the 100-year-old Oyster Bar’s champion shuckers will demonstrate the art of shucking and attendees can scoff down bivalve specials such as­ roasted Malpeque oysters with citrus-ginger butter ($11.95), and chilled Wellfleet oysters with verjus mignonette and citrus caviar. There might be an R in the month, but it sounds too delicious to miss!

For more info: www.oysterbarny.com

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Shopaholics, you’re gonna like this

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Amsterdam, ND  – Stylish luxury boutique hotel The Dylan has partnered with the popular Dutch online shopping site,9streetsonline.com, to introduce Room Shopping, a fashionable twist on classic hotel room service.

From the convenience of their Dylan guest room, travelers can now shop the trendy and charming “nine streets,” featuring the city’s smartest boutiques, upcoming designers, handmade jewelry, design, and art with the click of the remote by activating the Room Shopping button on the hotel room television screen. The complimentary Room Shopping Service menu includes a variety of shopping categories such as “Food for Thought” highlighting local art pieces, “Tiny Appetizers” featuring children’s clothes and toys, “Side Order” showcasing must-have accessories such as shoes and purses, and much more.  Items purchased via the hotel TV Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00am and 5:30pm will be delivered to the hotel room within an hour through a partnership with Same Hour Delivery by PostNL, the biggest Dutch postal service.  All purchases made after 5:30pm, will be delivered after 9:00am the next day.

To celebrate the debut, The Dylan is offering a special Room Shopping Package which includes:

 

  • Overnight stay in a Luxury Room
  • Dylan Buffet breakfast
  • “9streets” cocktail in Bar Barbou
  • Complimentary popcorn for two
  • €25 (approximately $34) credit towards Room Shopping with minimum spend of €100 (approximately $137)
  • Complimentary one hour delivery of purchased items in your hotel room (weekdays)

 

Rates start at €399 (approximately $546) per night; based on double occupancy.  The Room Shopping Package is available through August 31, 2014 and subject to availability. To book, email reservations@dylanamsterdam.com.

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The Plaza Hotel launches Plaza-opoly

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New York, NYThis summer, The Plaza Hotel launches Plaza-opoly, a new board game exclusive to the hotel. Copied from the original Monopoly game, this version celebrates the property’s culturally rich history and most celebrated spaces and moments. Players can buy, sell, and trade coveted suites, restaurants, services, and shops. However, gamers have to play their cards right to avoid being sent to Hotel Security. Surprise stops include The Terrace Room, where Marilyn Monroe once had an infamous wardrobe malfunction, The Beatles’ Press Conference, or  an invitation to the coveted Black & White Ball.

Plaza-opoly is available at The Plaza Boutique in The Plaza — cost: $60.00.

For more info: 888-240-7775, www.fairmont.com/theplaza.

 

Photo credit: The Plaza Hotel

Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel adds cozy fire pits

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Los Angeles, CA — The newly redesigned Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel has opened their fun new beach-level Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms and Suites. Offering easy access to the Beach and famed Santa Monica pier from the hotel’s first level, each of the four new rooms and suites offer bespoke outdoor living space with a private terrace and personal fire pit. A Beachcomber Fire Pit Room has around 375 sq. ft. of interior space arranged with a platform king-size bed and a glass-enclosed rain shower with natural light. The Beachcomber Fire Pit Suites do that over 600 sq. ft! All Beachcomber Fire Pit Rooms and Suites include a 275 square foot private terrace outfitted with a personal fire pit and comfortable furnishings.

Book now through the end of September and enjoy:

  • A complimentary bottle of Surfrider Hang Ten Red from Rosenthal – The Malibu Estate.
  • A scenic road trip in the hotel’s chauffeured FIAT to Rosenthal’s Malibu tasting room for a complimentary wine tasting for two. Rates from $568 through September 30, 2014. 

Seasonal rates at Loews Hotel Santa Monica Beach Hotel begin at $318 per night. For more info: 1-800-23-LOEWS or visitwww.loewshotels.com.

Try the Harbor View Hotel’s summery fluke crudo

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Martha’s Vineyard — For his “island-to-table” menus for Water Street restaurant and Henry’s Hotel Bar, Harbor View Hotel Executive Chef Nathan Gould culls from the island’s fresh seafood, locally raised animals, and farm produce.

Bison tenderloin with parsley gnocchi and Thimble Farm mushrooms, and Peking Duck with white corn risotto are just two delicious sounding plates. Here is Chef Gould’s Vineyard Fluke Crudo recipe:

Vineyard Fluke Crudo

Ingredients:

  • 1 filet of very fresh Vineyard Fluke, about 1 pound
  • 5 large, ripe summer strawberries
  • 1 pinch smoked sea salt
  • 1 tsp. carrageenan
  • 2 teaspoons Yuzu or grapefruit juice
  • 3 tablespoons Arbequina olive oil
  • 1 oz. micro cilantro or micro radish greens
  • Sea Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper

Tools Needed:

  • Sashimi or long filet knife
  • Blender
  • Squeeze Bottle

Method of Prep:

  • Place filet of fluke on ice and keep very cold until ready to use
  • Clean the berries and remove the tops, place in the blender
  • Add the carrageenan, yuzu to the berries and blend until very smooth, season with a pinch of salt and a turn of black pepper, remove from blender and place in a squeeze bottle with a small tip
  • Slice the filet of fluke paper-thin on an extreme bias using a sashimi knife, keep the slices cold until ready to plate
  • Chill a plate in the freezer for 10 minutes or until very cold
  • Using the strawberry puree, create dots and design with the strawberry puree on the chilled plate
  • Arrange the paper-thin slices of fish on top of the strawberry puree, sprinkle with a generous amount of smoked salt, olive oil, a turn or two of ground black pepper, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro micro greens

 

For more info: Harbor View Hotel

Harbor View Hotel Exhibits Local Photographer Elizabeth Cecil

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Martha’s Vineyard–Fine art and food photographer Elizabeth Cecil has filled the Harbor View Hotel with her images of the storied island. To celebrate, the hotel will host a reception allowing non-guests to also view the collection. Held in Harbor View Hotel’s Governor Mayhew building, the reception, July 24, will offer the first glimpse of the complete collection, which is installed throughout the building’s three floors. Light refreshments will be served.

For more info: 800-225-6005, www.harbor-view.com

 

 

 

 

Cool down at Davios in midtown Manhattan

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New York, NY — Summer in midtown Manhattan can be horrendous. Really, there’s no way to romanticize the island once humidity and heat combine with traffic fumes to create an inhospitable stew. So, stop in at Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse on Lexington Avenue for a special sorbet cocktail in three flavors:

Lemon Sorbetti:Prosecco, Fresh squeezed lemon, Cane Sugar, Lemon sorbet. Garnish with a dehydrated lemon wheel.

Mango Sorbetti; Prosecco, Absolut Mandarin Vodka, Mango sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated orange wheel.

Blueberry Sorbetti; Prosecco, Absolut Citron Vodka, blueberry syrup, blueberry sorbet. Garnish with dehydrated lemon wheel.

Deliciously fruity and refreshing, the summer drinks will be offered  July through August and cost $6.

For more info: www.davios.com/nyc.

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Loews Boston Hotel adds clambake ice-cream, yes clambake ice-cream

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Boston, MA – Loews Boston Hotel celebrates National Ice Cream Month, which has to be everyone’s favorite made-up celebration, with Chef Adam Radzevich’s Precinct Clambake Ice Cream. Yes, you read correctly. This unique twist on a classic ice cream sundae will be offered at Precinct Kitchen + Bar throughout the month of July. Chef Adam kindly shared the recipe:

           

Precinct Clambake Ice Cream

(Serves 1 person)

Ingredients:

2 cups of corn off the cob

10 pieces of chopped clams

1/2 cup chorizo finely diced

1 1/2 cups half & half

1/2 cup sour cream

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 large eggs

 

Directions:

Make the custard:  whisk the corn, clams, half & half, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla in medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Lightly beat egg yolks in medium bowl.  Slowly whisk 1/4 cup of corn mixture in beaten egg yolks, then pour into saucepan and return to medium heat.  Stir constantly with wooden spoon and mixture becomes thick and coats spoon about 5 minutes.

Transfer hot custard to a blender and pulse until smooth.  Allow steam to escape so keep filler cap slightly open.  Strain custard through a fine mesh sieve into a large bowl, discarding the solids.  Fold in the chorizo sausage.  Stir often until mixture cools to room temp.  Transfer to ice cream maker and turn until desired thickness.  Store in airtight container and freeze for additional 2 hours.  Serve.

For more info: 1-800-23-LOEWS, www.loewshotels.com.

 

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Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts hit the sweet spot

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Tout le Monde — Apparently, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts are revamping one of France’s finest achievements: the éclair. This summer, sees the launch of its first-ever global éclair program in partnership with award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.  As part of the brand’s new culinary program, Le Méridien hotels and resorts worldwide will offer guests the opportunity to indulge in a variety of modern twists, including both classic flavors as well as unique creations inspired by the destination. In addition, Chef Iuzzini will create eight seasonal éclair recipes for the hotels, inspired by his travels through various Le Méridien destinations.

For more info: lemeridien.com

 

Omni Mount Washington Resort makes use of nearby ski lifts

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Bretton Woods, NH — Why hike uphill when you can ride? The Omni Mount Washington Resort is offering free lift rides at nearby Bretton Woods ski are. Better still room rates at this beautiful resort’s newly renovated Lodge start at $99 per night (including free scenic lift rides and free golf for kids 12 & under on the Mount Pleasant Course.) Many rooms feature private decks or patios. The fresh new look offers updated furnishings, carpeting, and bathroom amenities, as well as a refreshed indoor pool area. A new fitness center and “grab and go” marketplace have also been introduced, as well as the return of a daily continental breakfast service.

For more info:  www.omnihotels.com/BrettonWoodsMountWashington

Topnotch Resort adds summer weekend program

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KML_6116 LandwehrleStowe, Vermont – Head to the Green Mountains for the Topnotch Resort’s weekend summer program, which includes the Friday Night Roost Party and a Saturday night New England Clambake BBQ featuring a summer inspired menu by Executive Chef Cortney Quinn, plus lawn games such as croquet, and competitions. Sunday’s new brunch service includes an interactive Bloody Mary bar and new menu additions.  

For more info: www.topnotchresort.com

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JIMMY at The James NY throws Fourth party

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New York, NY – Not only will the James NY’s rooftop bar, Jimmy, offer views of the fireworks on the East River, but there’s special July Fourth cocktails, a DJ, food, and poolside lounging. Right in Downtown Manhattan.

Partner and bar maestro Johnny Swet has created the Fourth-inspired M-80 Swizzle to add to a list of customer favorites, such as the Mexican Honey Bee (Milagro Reposado Tequila, Los Amantes Mezcal, Honey, Lemon, Lavender Bitters & Smoked Sea Salt), White Negroni (Plymouth Gin, Combier Grapefruit, Carpano Blanco, Grapefruit Twist), Grapes of Wrath (Crop Organic Cucumber Vodka, St. Germain, Green Grapes, Seltzer, Rosemary), the renowned Grilled Pineapple Mojito AND the new frozen drinks including the Singhani Colada (coconut lime-flavored), etc.

Guests can also enjoy Kobe Franks in a Blanket, Mini Grilled Cheese (with cheddar and apple), Charcuterie & Cheese Plates, and the signature JIMMY Burger.

For more info: www.jimmysoho.com

 

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Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills opens with special rates

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Plymouth, Mass. – Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills opens its doors to guests beginning June 29. The 50-room retreat, modeled after a French country manor house, is welcoming its first guests with limited-time opening rates and celebratory packages.

This second property of the growing Mirbeau collection is located just 45 miles from Boston and eight miles from Cape Cod. In addition to its luxe guestrooms, the inn’s amenities include Le Bistro, reminiscent of a classic Parisian bistro serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the elegant Henri-Marie fine dining restaurant. The 14,000-square-foot Spa Mirbeau features 14 treatment rooms and a full range of services. For those seeking an idyllic locale for a wedding or event, bookings are available for the 1,000-square-foot Giverny Salon and the 3,750-square-foot outdoor Monet-inspired gardens and waterfalls.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills is offering an introductory rate of $235* for mid-week stays (Sunday through Thursday), and $295* for weekend stays, as well as two packages designed to showcase the inn’s world-class amenities. Book by June 29 to take advantage of these special rates (based on availability and double occupancy).

 

Bienvenue Weekend Package:

  • Room accommodations for two evenings (Friday & Saturday)
  • A split of Champagne in room upon arrival
  • Full breakfast per person each morning in Le Bistro
  • One 50-Minute Spa Treatment per person
  • Taxes & Gratuities on the above items
  • Guest Rooms starting at $1,130** per package
  • Guest Suites starting at $1,435** per package

 

Bienvenue Midweek Package:

  • Room accommodations for one evening (Sunday through Thursday)
  • A split of Champagne in room upon arrival
  • Full breakfast per person in Le Bistro
  • Taxes & Gratuities on the above items
  • Guest Rooms starting at $345** per evening
  • Guest Suites starting at $490** per evening

 

*Introductory rates on select rooms and exclude a nightly, taxable resort fee. Rates exclude a nightly, taxable resort fee.

For more information on the Inn & Spa: mirbeau.com/pin

Waterville Valley Resort gets its summer fun on!

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Waterville Valley, NH – Vacationers at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains get to enjoy golf, tennis, canoeing & kayaking, mountain biking, chairlift rides, swimming and more. It’s all included with Waterville Valley’s new Freedom Pass.

Visitors to Waterville Valley can relax and unwind in a variety of lodging options, from spacious condominiums large enough for an entire family, to cozy country inns that are a perfect fit for incurable romantics. Upon checking in at their Waterville Valley lodge, guests are given a Freedom Pass – their passport to mountain fun starting at $129 per night.

With the Freedom Pass guests have access to the White Mountain Athletic Club’s indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms, indoor jogging track, and strength & cardio centers.

The Freedom Pass also entitles guests to one 2-hour standard mountain bike rental each day of their stay.  Waterville Valley is surrounded by 100 miles of off-road trails in the White Mountain National Forest making it the perfect destination for mountain biking and hiking enthusiasts. Use the pass to hit the links at the resort’s historic 9-hole golf course. Play tennis on the 18 award-winning clay tennis courts. Rent a canoe, kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddle board on the spring-fed pond.  Cool down at the indoor ice arena.  Don’t have skates?  Don’t worry!  Ice skate rentals are available for a small fee.

The Freedom Pass also provides admission to the resort’s Recreation Department gym programs as well as family story time at the Margret and H.A. Rey Center. The non-profit Rey Center is named for the authors of the popular Curious George books.  The Rey’s owned a home in Waterville Valley, which is now open to the public as the Curious George Cottage.

For more info: www.visitwatervillevalley.com/freedom.

Loews Regency Hotel’s Park Avenue Privileges Program sweetens the deal

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New York, NY — Loews Regency hotel, the newly renovated landmark hotel in Midtown Manhattan, today announced the Park Avenue Privileges Program, which includes several complimentary amenities, benefits, and services available at no extra cost. Basically th bigger the room, the bigger the benefits:

Superior & Luxury Rooms

  • Complimentary WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • Two hour pressing at a discounted rate
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Turn down service with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service

Avenue King & Grand King Rooms

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service guaranteed with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily

Executive & Grand Executive Suites

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service guaranteed with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily

 

Manhattan, Park, Terrace and Signature Suites

  • Complimentary Premium WIFI
  • 24/7 Fitness Center access
  • Car service
  • One complimentary shoe shine
  • Long-term storage of luggage
  • Complimentary access to FIAT Service
  • Turn down service with Sant Ambroeus cookies and bottled water
  • Complimentary two garments pressed daily
  • Welcome amenity with hand written note from Managing Director
  • Complimentary morning beverage
  • Complimentary mini-bar

Manhattan, Park Avenue, Terrace and Signature Suite guests will be able to enjoy a welcome amenity on arrival and a complimentary morning beverage. Additionally, guests staying in these premium suites, can also Milk the Mini-Bar with complimentary access to the entire contents of their in-room mini-bar, including sweet treats, salty snacks and beverages, from fruit juice and soda to sparkling wine and spirits.

For more info: 1-800-23-LOEWS, www.loewshotels.com/regency-hotel.

 

Savoy hotel offers Film4 summer screening package

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London, UK — To celebrate its tenth anniversary, Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House has teamed up with The Savoy, which is also in its anniversary year. The 125-year old hotel, a stone’s throw from Somerset House, is offering an exclusive Summer Screening experience for guests this August. The two-night stay includes breakfast, a pair of VIP tickets to the movie screening and a decadent Savoy picnic for two. Guests will also receive cushions and blankets on arrival at Somerset House.

Rates begin at approximately $1,200 based on a two night stay for two people in a Superior Room. Valid from August 8-20, 2014 (subject to availability). To book, call + 44 (0)20 7836 4343 or email svy.reservations@fairmont.com. For more information, visit www.fairmont.com/savoy.

Fairmont builds bee hotel

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Toronto, Ontario — With research indicating solitary bee populations continue to show signs of decline, and loss and fragmentation of habitat cited as a leading factor, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is stepping up to provide solitary bees with a place to rest their wings with the introduction of its first pollinator bee hotel at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York.

“The Fairmont brand has a long history of being a sustainability pioneer, and this project to protect pollinator bees is an extension of our ongoing efforts to support bees of all kinds, including nurturing honeybees with hives at more than 20 of our properties around the world,” says Alexandra Blum, vice president, public relations, FRHI Hotels & Resorts.

Fairmont’s latest project to support bees is part of a larger partnership with Burt’s Bees and its annual WILD FOR BEES campaign. The two leading companies, along with Sustainable.TO Architecture + Building and Pollinator Partnership Canada, have teamed up to design and construct five sustainable bee hotels: four in Toronto and one in Guelph, with the first hotel launching at The Fairmont Royal York. Fairmont plans to roll out pollinators at more hotels next year.

Across North America, the overall number of pollinator bees has been on a steady decline for decades, which has impacted the health of ecosystems, the reproduction of the majority of flowering plants and pollination of food. This is a great concern, as bees are responsible for pollinating more than 80 per cent of flowering plants, fruits and vegetables. A primary cause of this decline is the loss and fragmentation of habitat.

“One out of every three bites of food humans eat is the result of animal pollination,” says Vicki Wojcik, Research Director of Pollinator Partnership, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting pollinators across North America. “Raising money and awareness for pollinator research and breeding programs is vitally important and will aid in limiting future losses and boost bee health in the present.”

A pollinator bee hotel is a collection of nesting materials (wood, twigs, fallen branches, soil and pith-filled holes) designed to attract, support and protect native, lost and solitary bees by replicating their natural nesting sites. This allows the bees to breed, lay eggs and seek protection from predators. Fairmont’s bee hotel, which is designed to reflect the Toronto skyline, will provide a sustainable nesting site for local pollinator bees.

The Fairmont Royal York’s rooftop garden, which already houses an apiary of six honeybee hives, has been in bloom for more than 15 years and is the perfect spot for the new pollinator bee hotel. The high-rise herbarium features 17 four-poster beds and surrounding planter pots filled with herbs such as rosemary, lavender, lemon thyme, chives, parsley, tarragon and basil.  Lemon Verbena, alpine strawberries and mojito mint also have their own beds.  Established in 2008, the apiary produces over 800 lbs of award-winning rooftop honey each year, that is used in the hotel’s kitchens and its local micro-brew called “Royal Stinger”.

Executive Chef Collin Thornton and his team of sous chefs maintain The Fairmont Royal York’s rooftop garden and apiary, and use the garden as a teaching tool for apprentice chefs in how ingredients are produced. To showcase the amazing powers of the pollinator bees, Chef Thornton has created a feature Pollinator Menu for June in EPIC Restaurant. Additionally, the hotel’s Library Bar will offer a special “Buzz-tini” with ingredients from the roof, and a complimentary Burt’s Bees lip balm, all to celebrate Fairmont Hotels & Resorts partnership with WILD ABOUT BEES.

For more info: fairmont.com.

Everything stops for tea at the Langham

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Planet Earth — Langham Hotels across the globe will pay homage to Europe’s first grand luxury hotel, The Langham, London, with a quintessentially British tradition: Afternoon Tea. On this date, the hotel will turn back the clock to 1865, when The Langham, London originally opened, and will serve signature “Tiffin at The Langham” Afternoon Tea for its original price of 1 shilling, 6 pence (or 15 cents).

Is this the best deal ever? Dress up and have fun. Celebrate anytime with the indulgent Tiffin Afternoon Tea, served every afternoon, and comprising scones, jam, and clotted cream; tea cakes and pastries; and tea sandwiches. And a really good pot of tea. Add a glass of Champagne, if you will, and raise a toast!

 

 

 

 

Loews Boston Hotel is the place for a city clambake

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Boston, MA – One essential element of enjoying summer for most coastal New Englanders is a clambake. Visitors to Boston who can’t get to the beach for the traditional seaside picnic can head to the Loews Boston Hotel and enjoy a crockpot of Wellfleet dug clams, PEI Mussels, shrimp, corn, red potato, local kielbasa, and, if you want to add it, lobster.

The Loews Boston Hotel is set in the former Boston Police Headquarters, which was built in 1925. The hotel just finished a massive refurbishment, including its restaurant, Precinct Kitchen + Bar,  whose new menu is full of treats, including that clambake.

For more info: http://www.precinctkitchenandbar.com

 

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Pink grapefruit tart vs. Key lime pie

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Stockbridge, MA — Pink grapefruit tart doesn’t sound much, in fact, it sounds most unexciting until it’s revealed that it is a riff on Key Lime Pie, but with a tangy pink grapefruit custard instead of lime. It’s hard to say, which is best. We think the pink grapefruit variety of tart tart! The real kicker though is High Line Dairy’s utterly luscious cream topping and a tart raspberry sauce that offsets the custard’s sweetness. It is the creation of Berkshires chef William Hostetter and is served at Stockbridge’s Red Lion Inn. You might want to bookmark this for your next Berkshires trek. 

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Grill OUT at the OUT Hotel

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New York, NY — America’s grilling season officially begins this weekend — Memorial Day weekend, the official start to summer — and on Saturday, May 24, from 3 pm ­ 7 pm, the experts will do the work for you at The OUT Hotel’s Great Lawn, named one of the World’s 10 Most Beautiful Hotel Gardens by Fodor’s.

Guests can indulge in two burgers with the toppings of their choice, two cocktails or beers, all for $20.  Soak up the sun, lounge out, play a game of ping-pong and enjoy an afternoon of burgers and beverages at The OUT Hotel’s inaugural Grill OUT, which will occur every Saturday through to the official end of summer–Labor Day.

 

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Nantucket’s WOOF adds free night

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Nantucket, MA — Now and through to the end of June, book two nights at the WOOF Cottages at The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin on Nantucket, and get the third night free.

The WOOF Cottages are 12 one and two-bedroom cottages specifically designed for guests with pets. Doggie amenities include a Doggie Turndown, with Draper Canine beds, a basket of treats and toys, food and water bowls (including an on-the-go water bottle for a trip to the beach or long walk), complimentary photo and frame as a memento of the trip, dog-walking services, and personalized pet tags. Owners also receive a list of pet-friendly beaches and walking trails on the island to make the most of their vacation.

The treats don’t stop here. The 3-for-2, May through June special is also running at the Cottages & Lofts’ sister properties, Jared Coffin House and theWhite Elephant Village.

For more info: 1-800-475-2637,  www.nantucketislandresorts.com.

 

Hurry, hurry, flash sale at Loews Boston

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Boston, MA  – Loews Boston Hotel’s Experience Summer Like a Local just got better. Book online today, May 21, for added perks. The One-Day Cyber Sale offers guests a choice of either

  • $25 Parking Credit
  • Two Summer Cocktails Daily
  • Complimentary Premium Plus Wi-Fi
  • Late Check Out

Summer rates at Loews Hotels from $199 per night. For more info: 1-800-23-LOEWS, www.loewshotels.com.

I scream, you scream, forget the ice cream

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Hyannis, MA — Cape Cod travelers have a treat in store: Pain d’Avignon’s jam-centered fresh cream puff is the best pastry this side of the Atlantic. Forget the ice cream this summer and head to Pain d’Avignon, tucked away near Hyannis airport. Oh, and the bakery and bistro is a great spot for lunch or dinner, too.

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Fairmont Le Château Frontenac completes $75 million facelift

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Quebec City, Canada – What does $75 million get you? For the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, it’s meant one heck of a facelift. The lobby-to-roof renovation by owner Ivanhoé Cambridge aimed to  both, “preserve and renovate this iconic hotel and maintain its continued legacy while adding a contemporary dimension to provide an unparalleled hotel experience and meet the highest expectations for our guests,” says General Manager Robert Mercure in a press release.
The hotel’s 611 guest rooms are meticulously renovated with updated contemporary conveniences and Fairmont Gold, the hotel’s private members club, increased its room count from 46 to 60, and added additional space to the private lounge. The exclusive services of Fairmont Gold include a private lounge, dedicated Concierge, deluxe continental breakfast and hors d’oeuvres. Fairmont Gold guestrooms are located on the hotel’s highest floors, offering the most stunning views of the Quebec City and St. Lawrence River.
Executive Chef Baptiste Peupion introduces three new concepts: Champlain restaurant, the hotel’s signature dining space, the 1608 Wine & Cheese Bar, and Le Sam lounge.
 Newly built, the Spa du Château features seven treatment rooms, and a renovated and expanded health club.
The site of the hotel boasts over 400 years of history, with historical artifacts showcased in display windows throughout the property. It is also the official residence and seat of power of the French and British governors.
To celebrate the completion of this grand makeover, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is offering a Nouveau Château Package, which includes luxury accommodations, complimentary daily breakfast for two, a $50 CAD dining credit per stay and early arrival and late departure upon availability. The offer is valid from June 1, 2014 and starts at $339 CAD per night (excluding taxes) based on double occupancy.
 
For more info: 1-800-441-1414,  www.fairmont.com/frontenac.

The Sea Crest Beach Hotel hits the rails

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North Falmouth, MA – The Sea Crest Beach Hotel has partnered with Cape Cod Central Railroad for a Railroad Rendezvous Package. Couples are invited to board the Cape Cod Dinner Train, Aug. 8, from North Falmouth for a two-hour journey over the Cape Cod Canal and through the scenic Falmouth Line.

The Railroad Rendezvous Package affords guests the opportunity to climb aboard the cranberry-colored train for a  Cape-inspired candlelit dinner. Available for stays over Aug. 8 with a minimum of two nights based on double occupancy, the package starts at $499 per night inclusive of tax and gratuity and includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two in a newly renovated guest room
  • Daily breakfast for two in Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s Ocean View Room
  • Shuttle service to and from the Cape Cod Dinner Train on Aug. 8 departing at 5 p.m.
  • A five-course dinner including hors d’oeuvres, Cape Cod Central seafood chowder, salad, a choice of an entrée, and dessert.

For more info: www.seacrestbeachhotel.comImage1389

 

The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge, Massachusetts

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Location Approximately 135 miles west of Boston and 147 north of New York City, Stockbridge is set in the Upper Housatonic River Valley in Massachusetts, right in the heart of The Berkshires. These beautiful rolling hills form a fetching backdrop to Colonial era founded towns and many grand gilded age mansions. A short hop off I90, Stockbridge is the kind of town where the post office is still busy and front porches are for people to sit on and not for an overflow of stuff. Blink and you’re past the downtown area, which comprises a handful of stores, a bar, and a couple of cafes. And, the Red Lion Inn, which forms a centerpiece for the town. Nearby, the Norman Rockwell Museum honors one of Stockbridge’s biggest fans. The great American painter married into the Red Lion Inn’s dynasty: his wife was the daughter of one of its managers. Also…

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Mother’s Day delight at Sofitel New York

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New York, NY —  Sofitel New York has a stay guaranteed to delight moms this May. Available from Friday, May 9, through Sunday, May 11,  the Fête des Mères Package includes:

o   Two nights’ accommodations for four in a luxury suite

o   Mother’s Day Brunch for four at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Gaby Brasserie Française

o   A bouquet of fresh flowers

o   Two flutes of Champagne

o   An assortment of delectable macaroons

o   An Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte gift set

o   Priced at $799 based on four guests (inclusive of taxes and fees, exclusive of gratuities)

 

Gaby’s Mother’s Day Brunch is available separately on Sunday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the French tradition, the lady of honor is served a small cake with a flower accent, compliments of Gaby. For reservations or more information, visit www.sofitel.com or call (212) 354-8844.

Palmer House Inn, Falmouth, MA USA

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Location Falmouth is part of the Upper Cape, or Inner Cape as some call this area of Cape Cod closest to the canal and Sagamore and Bourne Bridges. The Palmer House Inn couldn’t be more perfectly situated for a leisurely Cape Cod stay. It is literally a short, and delightful, walk away from Falmouth’s shops and restaurants; yet, located opposite Falmouth Village Green, it is removed from high season bustle–comparatively speaking, Falmouth is hardly Times Square at the busiest of times. Learn much about the small village’s history in the Falmouth Museums on the Green, which neighbor the inn. The Falmouth Village Association busies itself with town events and, especially in the warm weather, Noonan Park hosts much: from farmer’s markets to Easter egg hunts. There are ten beaches within the town’s reach, including Surf Drive, which is a short walk from Main Street and overlooks Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Sound.

 

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Lodging Stepping into The Palmer House Inn feels like stepping back in time. Even though one part of the inn is a new addition, the place is kept in high Victorian style. It’s a cedar shingle, turreted building spread over three floors, with lovely landscaping, especially toward the rear, where are more guest rooms in a separate building, and an individual two-bedroom cottage (see below). The wrap-around porch, filled with rocking chairs, is a serene spot to sit and read, or just sit. Inside, the decor pairs the elegant deep colors popular  in Victorian times with all sorts of knickknacks–collecting being another Victorian preoccupation. The extensive parlor has plenty of chairs and settees, and a fireplace for colder weather. And, thankfully, it has no TV!

 

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View of a Room: The Cottage This private bungalow, set to the rear and shaded by trees, has its own deck. Though it looks tiny, it houses a sitting room, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The master bedroom is enormous and has a king bed and an equally ample Jacuzzi tub. The smaller bedroom has a queen bed and both are decked out in pretty floral patterns. The sitting room has a small sofa, coffee table, and dining table and chairs off the side. A Welsh dresser style unit holds a small fridge and coffee maker. It’s also pet-friendly.

 

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Restaurants and Bars A cooked breakfast is included in the room rate and served in the pretty, sunny dining room. In the parlor, homemade cookies and tea is available during the afternoon.

 

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Info Palmer House Inn, 81 Palmer Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540. 508-548-1230 www.palmerhouseinn.com