Twin Farms and CorePower Yoga collaborate

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Barnard, Vermont —  Twin Farms and CorePower Yoga have reunited for a woodland yoga retreat, August 28-29. Twin Farms, which is an all-inclusive Relais & Chateaux property and the only five-star resort in Vermont, and CorePower Yoga first collaborated to  launch Twin Farms’ new yoga pavilion this spring.

During the woodland retreat, guests can experience tailored stream-side yoga classes led by CorePower Yoga’s expert instructors, cooking demonstrations with award winning Executive Chef Nathan Rich, a breakfast juice bar, and healthy in-room amenities. All-inclusive rates start at $1,650/night based on double occupancy.
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Win win win: Hilton Westchester’s private NYC helicopter package

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Hilton Westchester - Main Entrance - NEW Rye Brook, New York — See New York City without the heat and hustle: the Hilton Westchester’s special NYC helicopter package deal adds a birds-eye view of the city and, this summer, the hotel has a contest for a lucky prize winner to enjoy the ride. The prize includes:

  • One night stay for two at the Hilton Westchester hotel
  • Transportation to and from the Port Chester and Rye train stations
  • Buffet Breakfast for two
  • 30-minute private Helicopter Tour of NYC for two compliments of Wings Air Helicopters
  • Transportation to and from the hanger from the Hilton Westchester
  • Bottle of Champagne upon your return to the hotel

To enter, go to the hotel’s Facebook page. The winner announced on Facebook on August 16, 2015.

The 443-room Hilton Westchester is nestled on 37 naturally landscaped acres in the suburban town of Rye Brook and has two pools (indoor/outdoor), the Harth restaurant and bar, and is close to many popular historic and recreational Westchester County attractions including the following: Rye Playland (the 1928 Art Deco amusement park designated a historic NYS landmark and where the Tom Hanks movie “BIG” was filmed); Rye/Oakland Beach located on Long Island Sound; Port Chester – home to many hip and trendy ethnic restaurants from Peruvian to Italian (including Mario Batali/Joe Bastianich’s Tarry Lodge); Historic Hudson Valley tourist attractions including Sleepy Hollow, Sunnyside (Washington Irving’s ancestral estate), Kykuit, the historic home of the Rockefeller family located in Pocantico Hills, and the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. The package costs $899 for two and includes the following:

For more info: Hilton Westchester

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Dandelyan at Mondrian London wins Best New International Cocktail Bar 2015

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London, England — Dandelyan at Mondrian London won Best New International Cocktail Bar 2015 at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirit Awards in New Orleans, last weekend. Head bartender Ryan ‘Mr Lyan’ Chetiyawardana also won Best International Bartender of the Year 2015.

 

Photo credit: Mondrian London

Sofitel New York extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14

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New York City, New York — Gaby Brasserie Française, the charming restaurant at the decidedly French Sofitel New York, extends its New York City Restaurant Week lunch and dinner menus through to August 14. Offered Sunday-Friday only, wine pairings are available for an additional charge.

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Photo Credit: Sofitel New York

Saint Lucia’s Ti Kaye Resort & Spa receives Wine Spectator award

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Saint Lucia, West Indies — Ti Kaye Resort & Spa‘s Kai Manje Restaurant has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Wine List Awards’ second level award of excellence. Owner Nicholas Pinnock says, “The award gives Kai Manje recognition for our island grass roots Creole cuisine, tradition and culture combined with our superb breadth and depth of wines. The ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ puts Kai Manje in a very elite group of being one of only seven restaurants in the entire Caribbean to have this second level award, and is the first and only one in . It also means Saint Lucia is one of only three Caribbean islands to have a second level award winning restaurant, and is the only island in the Lesser Antilles.”

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Martha’s Vineyard’s Kelley House marks its roots with Jaws filming

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image003Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts — With Jaws, the movie, hitting its 40th anniversary, Martha’s Vineyard’s hostelry, Kelley House, which began as housing for the film’s cast and crew, is giving guests a blast from the past with an exclusive Cisco Shark Package. The Vineyard establishment, the sister hotel to the nearby Harbor View Hotel, invites guests to stay in the same rooms as the cast, and the package also includes a bucket of local Cisco Shark Tracker Light Lager Beer, a Cisco swag bag, and breakfast at the Newes From America Pub. Based on double occupancy rates start at $449 per night.

Reservations can be made online at www.kelley-house.com or by calling 800-225-6005.

 

Veuve Clicquot Summer Brunch Series at The Nantucket

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Nantucket, Massachusetts — Summer treats come in all shapes and sizes, and if you’re lucky it comes with bubbles. The Nantucket’s bubbles and brunch series at the Breeze Bar & Café adds a splash of Veuve Clicquot. Launching July 26, the bubbly brunch is available August 9 and August 26, too.

Executive Chef Josh Schoen’s New England seasonal menu includes oysters with rose vinegar and ginger, Maine lobster bisque, smoked salmon salad and a signature Nantucket omelet, all to be paired with chilled Veuve Clicquot brut.

A la carte brunch for two plus a 750ml bottle of the signature Veuve Clicquot Brut starts at $100. To book, call the Breeze Bar & Café: 508.228.4730, thenantuckethotel.com.

 

Photo credit: The Nantucket

Never underestimate a bottle top at the Red Lion Inn

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Stockbridge, Massachusetts — We make no apologies, but Hotel Junkie just loves this little guy. He lives at the Red Lion Inn, waving at guests from a bookshelf. His legs and arms are made of bottle tops. Nearby, this chair is another example of human waste as art. Bottle tops transform an old chair into a mighty throne!

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The Colonnade Hotel’s Brasserie JO takes a tour de France

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Boston, Massachusetts — It’s not too late to enjoy Brasserie JO’s Tour de France menu. This wonderful French bistro inside The Colonnade Hotel will offer Executive Chef Nick Calias’s changing plat du jours inspired by  the regions of France the riders cycle through.

 

Here are the menus for rest of the month:

Normandy July 7th-9th

Watercress Soup, Mussels—10.95

Sole Meuniere—22.95

Clafoutis aux pommes á la normande—9.95

 

Brittany July 10th-12th

Oysters, Cider Mignonette—14.95

Monkfish in Sauce Armoricaine—23.95

Crepes, Hazelnut Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries—8.95

 

Midi-Pyrenees July 14th-18th

Pan Seared Duck, Foie Gras, Currents—27.95

Pan Seared Scallops, Piperade, Spinach—23.95

Basque Torte -8.95

 

Rhone, Alps July 19th -22nd

Fondue, Baguette, Apple, Potato, Broccoli—14.95

Eggs Meurette, cooked in red wine—13.95

Chicken Fricassee, Aged Vinegar—22.95

Mille-feuille, Walnut Verona Chocolate Mousse –10.95

 

Paris July 23rd -26th

Chicken Liver Mousse Pate-12.95

Entrecôte, Pommes Frites, Béarnaise—37.95

Sole Bercy-24.95

Assorted French Macarons—9.95

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The Commoner dazzles Pittsburgh’s dining scene

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania–Since opening last winter, The Commoner, tucked below street level in the new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, has brought boutique tavern dining to Downtown Pittsburgh. Set inside the turn of the twentieth century built former Duquesne building near Mellon Square Park, the menu is inspired by heartland America but with coastal flair, and the ambiance is retro modern, with the building’s industrial heart displayed in exposed girders. This is, after all, the city that steel built. Chef Dennis Marron and his team labor in the open-plan kitchen, which is dominated by a massive wood fired oven. The alleyway behind the hotel is filled with the smell of BBQ smoke, and a pile of wood stands there, ready for the kitchen fire. IMG_0685 This being a Kimpton hotel, one of the most pet friendly of hostelries, Marron does not neglect those most delightful of visitors: the guest in-room dining menu includes grilled Amish chicken breast with gravy, or an Astro burger with dog treat fries; and a Garfield tuna sandwich, or Sylvester’s salmon for kitties–or pups! On the Commoner’s menu items is a speciality for human diners: Marron’s Scotch deviled egg, which is the usual deviled egg, but wrapped with sausage meat and deep-fried, and served with the wonderful in-house made hot sauce. There’s also charred cauliflower with a sage and walnut pesto, and a wonderful grain and veggie salad, rightly dubbed Hearty Greens. It’s a toss of bitter radicchio, shaved Brussels sprouts. avocado, barley, and pickled pine nuts in a light but creamy lemon vinaigrette. It’s topped with a sheaf of crisped, fried kale. Of the main dishes, a de-constructed seafood chowder might raise eyebrows in New England, but it’s a dish that works out lighter and brighter than heavy real chowder. A pan-roasted striped bass steak is topped with clams, mussels, ham, corn, and potatoes, and a smoky, creamy “chowder” sauce is served in a jug, to be added to taste. As for the onion soup burger, well, this is an absolute innovation: the beef patty is topped with onion soup, including a slice of Gruyere cheese, which soaks into an onion bun. A full compliment of desserts, local beers, and an astutely curated wine list complement the menu. Desserts are irresistible: the Whitepot is a bread and butter pudding, made with raisin brioche and lemony custard. A grand finale indeed.

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For more info: The Commoner/Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

Photo credit to Adam Milliron/Hotel Junkie

Hilton Columbus Downtown, Columbus, Ohio

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Location: Though the Hilton Columbus Downtown sits opposite the Convention Center, and even has a connecting skybridge, this hotel isn’t only about commerce and business. Its address midway on Columbus’s five-mile long High Street places the hotel near the arts district. Known as Short North, the area was once a no-go neighborhood riddled with crime, but as is often the case, it provided cheap living for artists who civilized the neighborhood. Further on lies the University District and the Wexner Center. In the opposite direction, turn right out of the Hilton and the Downtown area holds historic theaters and the riverfront, and the Arena District is exactly that: a sports and entertainment hub. There is also the famous German Village, where homes have an annual open-day to show off their style and the German heritage. Behind the Hilton, in the opposite direction of the Convention Center is the city’s historic North Market. The High Street is easily walkable, but also there’s a free bus service running right along this stretch. Columbus also has a communal city bike and even CoGo, communal Smartcar program.

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The Hotel: Built on a former empty lot in 2012 from the ground up, Hilton Columbus Downtown has a towering 12-storey central atrium with 532 rooms surrounding its four sides. Two sides overlook the second floor restaurant area. Being so closely connected to the Short North Arts District, this Hilton has adopted a strong arts presence itself. Throughout the hotel, there’s a permanent collection of works by local artists, including Christian Faur’s skyline created from crayon tips, which is behind the check-in desk. There is also a monthly changing display on a side corridor, which changes in conjunction with Short North’s First Saturday Gallery Walk.

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The stark modernism of the lobby is warmed by natural wood and a spiral staircase, which leads to the second floor restaurant and social area. Apart from sitting and a work/play space with communal computers, the second floor is where you’ll find the fitness center.

The hotel is LEED Gold certified, meaning it was built with strong positive environmental and health initiatives, including a saline cleaned pool, also on the second floor. There is also a Whirlpool hot tub.

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View of a Room: 943 This one-bedroom suite echoes the simple clean lines of the hotel, and its muted palette of neutral grey and beige. The living room has a couch and arm chairs and TV, as well as a kitchenette with an empty ‘fridge. There is a coffee and tea making facility, too.

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The bedroom has a comfy king sized bed, a TV, and a day bed and desk built-in by the window, which looks over the convention center. It’s not an appealing view particularly, but with the city’s winding elevated highways weaved into the near-distance, it has a certain hum to it.

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The main bathroom has a walk in shower and there is a powder room–each is stocked with Peter Thomas Roth products.

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Each guest room has individual artwork and this one includes a three-dimensional white wall hanging, and a vibrant cityscene in the loo. Above the bed, the ceiling is dominated by a pale blue abstract painting, which is soothing, rather than distracting from rest.

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Restaurants and bars: The Coffee Bar is located by the front entrance. Gallerie Bar and Bistro on the second floor is split into two distinct areas. The bar is large with plenty of places to lounge, including by the window. Gallerie Bistro gives Midwest produce a French twist, and includes small plates as well as starters, entrees and desserts. Local beers are rotated seasonally, and the wine list is finely curated.

Information

401 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 384-8600

http://www.hilton.com

 

 

Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Location: How could the Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh not be a grand hotel in the old sense of the word? After all, it is set in a Beaux Arts style building, completed in 1903. It was, for quite some time, the headquarters of Pittsburgh power company, Duquesne, and then, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, it became the home of the Reed Smith law firm. Set on William Penn Place, near Mellon Square Park, the hotel’s neighbors across the street span the architectural spectrum: there’s the aluminum built Alcoa building, which has been converted into residential and retail, and then, right next door to the space age Alcoa, is the deep pink Colonial era Allegheny Harvard Yale Princeton Club, next to a quaint alley called Strawberry Way. A short walk away, Market Place Square is very much a local haunt for sitting and people watching, or eating from or at one of the many food joints surrounding the square. Most entertainment is within walking distance, but in the hotel lobby a couple of bikes await guests, all ready for them to explore the city on. Don’t forget to smile: Pittsburgh is one of the friendliest cities you’ll find.

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The Hotel: Being a Kimpton hotel, a company that put the stamp on whimsical pack-rat boutique style, Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh fits today’s re-use, recycle adaptive style. Just done with a huge dash of fabulousness. Guests are greeted by a giant Great Dane cast in white porcelain, which sits by the entranceway. Great Danes are the Pennsylvania state dog, and the noble hounds pop up throughout the hotel, either on cushion covers or wallpaper print. All Kimpton hotels are pet-friendly, so its no idle idol. The marble clad lobby is softened by a spectacular chandelier of cascading silk flowers that many might miss unless they look up. However, from the second floor Living Room, this pretty fixture all but blossoms before your eyes.

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The Living Room is filled with couches and ad-hoc furnishings. Two large, body decorated armoires, from which morning coffee and the early evening wine hour (5 p.m. – 6 p.m.) are dispensed, stand on one wall, behind a dining table and chairs.

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The art work and fixtures here, as throughout the hotel, echo local icons and the individual theme for this particular hotel, which is birds. There are old ornate birdcages dipped in turquoise paint; brass bird claw table legs; and bespoke chandeliers crafted from talons–thankfully not real, but of metal.

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One bird in particular is highlighted in the yellow table lamps, which is shaped like a penguin. These are dotted throughout the hotel and honor the Pittsburgh Penguins, of course, one of the oldest hockey teams in the US.

The hotel’s quirky, peeping eye artwork stares mysteriously from some walls, too. And for the fitness freaks, there’s a fully fitted exercise room.

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View of a Room: 721 Despite being chock full of colors and patterns and fun furniture, this room is spacious–plenty of room to stow your stuff without feeling like you’re tripping over things. The decor continues the birdcage theme this Monaco adopted with an ornate bedside light shade.

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Honestly, there are comfortable beds and then there was this one. There’s no one thing pinpointing just why this high, plush bed was so comfy–and the pillows so convivial, too. It just is — appreciate it!

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The bathroom has a step-in marble tile lined shower, excellent lighting and a magnifying mirror, and toiletries by C. O. Bigelow. And, the bedroom closet houses a pair of grey pinstripe robes. The bespoke wallpaper lining the closet is a riot of color and city scenes, and there’s that trusty hound again.

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Restaurants and Bars: The Commoner is a relaxing bar and restaurant with down to earth dishes, artfully reimagined. It is open morning till late at night, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a late night bar menu.

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620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Oh boy, these Cape Cod hotels are sharing ice cream (recipes)

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts–It’s sum-sum-summertime and nothing says summer like ice cream treats. Here are two recipes from seaside hotel kitchens for you try your hand at.

Peanut Butter & Beach Plum Jelly Ice Cream

Executive Chef Daniel Kenney, Sea Crest Beach Hotel – Cape Cod, Mass.

Ingredients:

Yield 1 quart of ice cream

½ cup organic sugar

3 organic eggs

1 cup organic whole milk

¾ cup organic peanut butter

¾ cup Cape Cod beach plum jelly

¾ cup condensed milk

½ cup organic heavy cream

2 teaspoons vanilla beans, fresh from pod

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until thick, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
  2. Pour milk into a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Gradually drizzle the hot milk into the eggs while whisking vigorously. Then pour the whole mixture into the saucepan.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat, and whisk in peanut butter. Allow to cool slightly, then whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and vanilla beans.. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  5. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Fold in beach plum jelly when mixture is still soft, then transfer to a container, and freeze until solid.

Banana Split

Executive Chef Caleb Lara, Harbor View Hotel – Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Ingredients:

Makes one dessert

1 scoop vanilla bean ice cream

1 scoop chocolate ice cream

1 scoop strawberry gelato

1 banana, sliced lengthwise

Dark Rum Pineapple Sauce (recipe below)

2 tablespoons Italian cherries in liqueur

Freshly whipped cream

1 waffle cone, broken into pieces

Dark Rum Pineapple Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup dark rum

Directions:

  1. Make the pineapple sauce by simmering all the ingredients together until a glaze forms

and the alcohol cooks off.  Let cool before serving.

  1. Arrange the ice cream ingredients in a platter (ice cream, banana, Italian cherries) and

drizzle with pineapple rum sauce. Top with freshly whipped cream and waffle cone pieces

and serve immediately.

Harbor View Hotel opens Lighthouse Grill

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image003 Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts — Bye bye Water Street, hello Lighthouse Grill. Gorgeous Cape Cod island getaway, the Harbor View Hotel, has revamped its main restaurant, and renamed it too. The new Vineyard hotspot will welcome guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef Caleb Lara will continue the hotel’s tradition of using produce, meats and poultry from established local farms and fishermen. Lighthouse Grill will be open daily for breakfast with brunch on Sundays, and Thursday-Sunday nights for dinner. Starting June 14 it will be open daily for dinner.

For more info: Harbor View Hotel

Father’s Day, or any day: you’re guaranteed a memorable stay at Ti Kaye Resort

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Saint Lucia, West Indies — Trust us, Ti Kaye Resort’s special lunch makes for one Father’s Day dad won’t forget. Not there already? There’s always next year… But this is what you’re missing:

Fathers Day Lunch 2015

For more info: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

Photo credit: Ti Kaye/Hotel Junkie

Pittsfield’s Hotel on North opens

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts–The Main Street Hospitality Group opens Hotel on North in Pittsfield, June 1. The Berkshires family owned hotel group is also behind the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Porches Inn at MASS MoCA in North Adams, and the Williams Inn in Williamstown,

Located in a pair of buildings dating from the 1880s, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel on North’s renovation retains many original Victorian features, like the building’s original birdcage elevator, which has been converted into a cozy seating area in the lounge. The accommodations include a grand book-lined Library Suite and, unusually for a Berkshires inn, extended stay rooms with kitchenettes and washers/dryers. Red Lion chef Brian Alberg oversees the inn’s restaurant, Eat on North.

Hotel on North has an introductory rate priced from $199 per night, which includes overnight accommodations, continental breakfast for two, and all taxes and meal gratuities (available June 1 through June 18, 2015.) For more info: hotelonnorth.com

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Falmouth’s Sea Crest Beach Hotel adds dog package

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Falmouth, Massachusetts — Bring your best friend to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel and have him, or her, or them, enjoy a specially curated dog package, which includes treats and toys from local store, The Black Dog. This package includes nightly accommodations, a reusable bag, dog treats, an Orbee ball, a Black Dog squeaky toy, bandana, ID tag, sticker, and travel snack bag. Rates start at $289 and include pet fee.

For more info: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Catch it while you can: Boston’s Via Matta closes May 30

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Boston, Massachusetts — After 13 years, one of Boston’s best Italian restaurants, chef and cookbook author Michael Schlow’s Via Matta, closes May 30. Hurry along for exquisitely prepared pastas–the wild mushroom mezza luna with truffle in a creamy sauce is unmissable–and Italian classics, such as crispy eggplant parm topped with shaved parmesan, cherry tomatoes, and pungent basil.

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Although this stylish restaurant, tucked between the Public Gardens and Park Plaza Hotel, will be sadly missed, Schlow plans to open a new Greek styled restaurant in the spot in September. A menu of Via Matta classics, which will be in place until it closes.

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Chef Schlow is on hand to chat with guests and say goodbye to Via Matta.
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For more info: www.viamattarestaurant.com

 

 

 

The Embassy Row’s new patio gives D.C. a shot of wow!

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Washington, D.C. — The Embassy Row Hotel completed a floor-to-ceiling $15 million renovation in March. At the cornerstone of the redesigned property is a fully integrated lobby lounge, anchored by new restaurant Station Kitchen & Cocktails. But just take look at the beautiful new patio–perfect for people watching. And a great place to see and be seen!

For more info: www.embassyrowhotel.com

Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth unrolls its one million dollar facelift

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Boston, Massachusetts — Hotel Commonwealth, which opened 12 years ago in Boston’sKenmore Square, recently debuted its redesigned lobby. The renovation represents the second stage in an overall expansion for Hotel Commonwealth, which will be completed in November 2015, and features the addition of 96 new guest rooms, a designated Fenway Park Suite overlooking the nearby Green Monster, two additional suites with Fenway facing balconies, 6,000 square feet of meeting space, and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space overlooking Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

The new lobby swaps the traditional check-in desk for two free-floating pods that allow for a more customized, interactive check-in experience. At check-in, guests will also have the option to purchase snack boxes with hand-selected, locally sourced items from Olives & Grace, an award-winning artisan shop in Boston.  Additionally, NINE Dot ARTS®, an art consulting firm based in Denver, curated works from local artists that play off of local themes, including a wall featuring artworks of Boston Terriers.

For more information, please visit www.hotelcommonwealth.com, or call (617) 933-5000.

A sneak peak at Austin’s Hotel Van Zandt

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Austin, Texas — Hotel Junkie has a pictorial preview of Austin’s upcoming Hotel Van Zandt, which is set to open late July. This Kimpton property’s name is loosely drawn from its historic Texas muse, Isaac Van Zandt, the Republic of Texas Ambassador to the U.S., as well as his great-grandson, musician Townes Van Zandt. The property will feature specially-commissioned art works in collaboration with the Van Zandt family, including a special piece by Townes Van Zandt’s son, JT. It being Austin, expect lots of nods to music.

And books: here is the Library.

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Note: The Lumineers poster on the wall, music fans. And, the bespoke carpet design echoes the Van Zandt name.

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The Ludlow’s Zaragoza is good for Cinco de Mayo, and any day of the week

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New York, NY — You really don’t need an excuse like Cinco de Mayo to enjoy the Zaragoza, a sophisticated and delicious tequila cocktail created at the Lobby Lounge & Garden at The Ludlow on the Lower East Side, and available every day.

The Zaragoza mixes tequila with vanilla yogurt, creme de peche, lime, and a hint of clove.

Enjoy in the Ludlow hotel’s trellis-covered “secret” outdoor garden, or when it gets chilly, by the lobby lounge’s grand fireplace. Pair with the Lobby Lounge & Garden’s light bites by Dirty French.

180 Ludlow Street. http://www.ludlowhotel.com

Charles Hotel offers Tea and Dessert with Cokie

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IMG_3371Cambridge, MA — Harvard Square hub The Charles Hotel hosts a series of author events and this month’s guest is NPR and ABC News contributor Cokie Roberts. Roberts will be signing her latest book, Capital Dames, The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868, and presiding over  dessert and tea, or coffee.

For more info: The Charles Hotel

Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-author-with-cokie-roberts-tickets-16586324142

Catch more zzzzzs with the Carlton hotel’s Sleep Better package

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New York City, New York — So, according to whoever dreams these things up — there may be a pun there — May is being promoted as Better Sleep Month and  the Carlton hotel is taking it seriously with a Sleep Better travel package. Guests can enjoy all-natural sleep-inducing aromatherapy oils, sleep masks and pillows, relaxation tea service, and an in-room sound machine.

Rates for the Carlton hotel’s “Sleep Better” package begin at $449/night during the week and at $329/night on weekends. The package is offered throughout May beginning on May 1, 2015, and includes

  • 21 Drops Proprietary Sleep Essential Oil Blend– this sleep-promoting  blend from 21 Drops, the line of 100 percent natural, therapeutic-grade essential oils, features Palmarosa (helps diminish anxiety), Sandalwood (quiets the mind), Vetiver (soothes, help with relaxation), and Ylang Ylang (encourages peace)
  • Bucky Eye Mask and Pillow– Bucky’s sleep eye mask and dream pillow offers the perfect combination to ease tension and calm headaches and eye strain.  The chill-able eye mask is filled with premium buckwheat seeds to retain cold longer than traditional therapy packs, and the calming satin dream pillow is filled with premium millet husks that are soft, soothing and slightly heat-conserving.  Both items are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic and eco-friendly
  • Evening Tea For Two– relax before bedtime with in-room tea service. Guests choose from a selection of herbal tea blends (must be ordered by 10:30 p.m.).
  • In-Room Sound Machine – guest rooms will be furnished with a state-of-the-art sound machine, allowing customers to select from a variety of background noise options to provide a peaceful descent into sleep
  • Ear Plugs– for guests who prefer silence while they sleep, ear plugs will also be offered in-room

For more info: The Carlton

Robin Thicke headlines 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

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Saint Lucia, West Indies — Don’t feel too bad for Robin Thicke. Though the pop star has had his fair share of love and legal woes of late, Thicke will soon be heading to the beautiful island of Saint Lucia. Not that we call this work, but Thicke isn’t vacationing–he’s among this year’s line-up at the 24th annual Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, which kicks-off April 30 and lines up star-studded musical performances, art showcases, and a couture fashion show, all the way through May 10.

Joining Thicke is two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Marie featuring Grant Stewart, two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso, and another reggae great, singer Beres Hammond.

For more information about the 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visit http://www.stluciajazz.org.

Check out one of our favorite places to stay on the island, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa

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InterContinental Boston takes part in Earth Hour and saves menu for Earth Day

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Boston — For the fourth consecutive year, the InterContinental Boston took part in the World Wildlife Federation’s Earth Hour, a worldwide grassroots movement to take action for the planet by turning off non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. Let’s face it, hotels love their non-essential lights. Still, let’s not leave the burden of change to hotels: SOS — switch off something at home.
So, on March 28 at 8:30 p.m., the lights were dimmed and switched off where appropriate and the InterContinental Boston was bathed in a soft, calm twilight. So relaxing as many guests ordered Chef Iain Falconer’s three-course, sustainable dinner in the hotel’s pretty Miel Brasserie Provençale. It didn’t hurt to try the signature Earth Hour cocktail – the Blue Tahoe, made with tequila, blue curaçao, and Champagne.
The good news for those who missed the feast is that the hotel will reprise the menu for Earth Day, April 22.
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On this cold, snowy — what’s new, it’s Boston’s snowiest winter on record –spring night, the menu included a warming

Butternut Soup with Roasted Hazlenuts and Pecorino, and for the spring thinking forward,  a crisp apple, pear and fennel salad with baby kale.
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Entrees included a wild mushroom and faro risotto with asparagus, sweet potato and a Parmesan cream; and a Georges Bank caught cod with roasted purple and white cauliflower, sweet pea puree, and creamy honey (from the hotel’s rooftop apiary) emulsion.
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For dessert, the kitchen prepared berry creme brûlée and a white chocolate and pecan tart.
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In 2014, over 162 countries and territories and 7,000 cities and towns came together to break records with the largest movement in human history by creating a magical lights off moment on every continent of the globe.
For more info: InterContinental Boston
Photo credit: InterContinental Boston

 

Sea Crest Beach Hotel adds spa packages

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North Falmouth, MA — The Sea Crest Beach Hotel has partnered with nearby Bellezza Salon Medspa for two new spa packages: the Bellezza & the Beach  includes overnight accommodations, a customized facial, hot stone massage, a pedicure, and welcome goodie bag. Rates start at $398 and include gratuity. The Beach Stone package includes overnight accommodations, a hot stone massage, and a welcome bag, and starts at $230, including gratuity.

Package rates are based on spa services for one guest. Guests should book at least four days in advance to ensure spa availability. Upon booking, Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s reservation department will assist in scheduling spa services.

For more information: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Photo credit: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

 

Conrad New York adds The Bruffin and gets ready to Pop

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New York — The Conrad New York hops on the hybrid pastry-breads trend by adding the Bruffin to the menu at the hotel’s coffee counter and in the hotel’s restaurant, Atrio. The Bruffin is a cross between a brioche and a muffin–sort of. Try the Bruffin Eggs Benedict, or the Bruffin burger and slider.

Also, as spring sunshine thaws New York City, Conrad New York’s rooftop bar, Loopy Doopy, is stocking up on People’sPops for its Prosecco & Ice Pop cocktails. Atrio’s kitchen is also adding pops to the menu with Mocha Pop and Churros dessert: hazelnut cream-filled churro, a mocha-flavored ice pop, and two dips – mascarpone and cocoa &  espresso foam. Loopy Doopy will reopen on Memorial Day Weekend for the 2015 season with a new look, including high-top seating for enjoying the bar’s remarkable views, and abstract “loop-de-loop” chairs.

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For more info: Conrad New York

 

Photo credit: The Bruffin/Conrad New York

Doubletree Hotels in Boston celebrate Earth Hour

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Boston, MA — DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Boston will celebrate Earth Hour 2015 by asking guests and social media fans to take the DoubleTree pledge by turning the lights out from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.  

Those taking part are DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Boston – Cambridge, DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown and DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside. Guests staying on property can show their support by writing their names on a leaf to add to each property’s Pledge Tree to be displayed in their lobby. For every pledge made either on property via a Pledge Tree or through each hotel’s social media channels using the hashtag #DTPledge, $2.00 will be donated by the hotels to benefit Roxbury city school gardens via our partner Citysprouts (up to a $700 value). On Thursday, April 23, the hotel teams will further their commitment to living sustainably by planting blueberry bushes at the David Ellis School and a tree at the Orchard Gardens Pilot School for this and future generations to enjoy.

These three DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels in Boston will be joining hundreds of Hilton Worldwide’s more than 4,300 global properties that will once again connect with guests in demonstration of their commitment to living sustainably.

“This year, we wanted to plan an Earth Hour event that would reach beyond the walls of our property and really encourage our guests and neighbors to join us in support of this global effort,” said Danny Dwyer, Senior Events Services & Catering Manager for the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown. “Rallying our sister properties and partnering with Citysprouts will allow us to not only reach more people, but also extend our sustainability commitment beyond Earth Hour.”

Make Earth Hour a daily habit and just SOS–switch off something!

 

Photo credit: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels

Chef Caleb Lara returns to Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel

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Edgartown, Mass. — Chef Caleb Lara has decamped from the kitchen at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts, and returned to Martha’s Vineyard’s historic Harbor View Hotel, where he will serve as executive chef,  overseeing the hotel’s food and beverage program, which includes Water Street, its signature fine dining restaurant, and the popular gathering spot Henry’s Hotel Bar, as well as event and wedding catering.

“We’re pleased to have Caleb back on board and look forward to sharing his culinary talent and experience with the island’s residents and visitors,” said Andrew Bartlett, general manager of Harbor View Hotel, in a press release.

Lara has also worked as a sous chef at Steel & Rye in Milton, Massachusetts and at The Ritz Carlton in Boston, and held the position of chef de partie at The Ritz Carlton, Naples and Harbor View Hotel.

“I’m thrilled to be back at Harbor View Hotel,” said Lara. “My time here left a lasting impression on my cooking style and gave me a great appreciation for locally sourced ingredients and I’m looking forward to exploring again all that Martha’s Vineyard has to offer.”

Lara is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of American in Hyde Park, New York and received his Chef de Cuisine Certification from the American Culinary Federation.

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