Avery Bar’s Hot Cocoa Bar warms up Boston for the holidays


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Boston, Massachusetts — Every Saturday through December, the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common‘s Avery Bar offers its Hot Cocoa Bar. Create your own hot cocoa with your choice of toppings, such as homemade orange blossom marshmallows, candy canes, mini gingerbread men, cinnamon sticks, toasted coconut flakes, Oreo cookies, chocolate shavings, heath crunch pieces, whipped cream and dulce de leche — and pair with Pastry Chef Kerry Meister’s special holiday sweets. 3-5 p.m. Dec. 12, 19, and 26. $36 adults, $28 children. Reservations recommended: 617-574-7184. 10 Avery St., Boston. Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Photo Credit: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Iconic French fragrance house Guerlain takes over One&Only The Palm’s spa




Dubai, United Arab Emirates — One&Only The Palm in Dubai has partnered with iconic French fragrance house, Guerlain, which will take over the resort’s spa operations this month.

“Lovers of beauty and wellbeing will appreciate Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm,” says Louis de Vilmorin, Guerlain International Spas & Institutes director. To make the experience even more unique, Guerlain has designed exclusive treatments for One&Only The Palm, such as “Dubai Harmony,” a vitality boosting treatment; or “Désert d’Orient,” a true oriental treatment journey to experience in the exclusive Spa Suite.

A selection of Guerlain products will also be available at the Guerlain Spa boutique at One&Only The Palm, where guests will also Guerlain’s exceptional fragrances andrange of cosmetics. An exclusive selection of shimmering powders and extraordinary lipsticks have been chosen for Dubai from the Guerlain collection for an illuminating effect.

For reservations or for more information on Guerlain Spa at One&Only The Palm, email spa@oneandonlythepalm.com or call +971 4 440 1040.



Nu Hotel’s Cyber Monday Sale



New York, New York — A deal at a New York City hotel at this time of year? Better get on it!

Now through Tuesday, save on select premium rooms at Brooklyn’s Nu Hotel with a fabulous Cyber Monday Preview Sale with  discounts of up to 30% off!

Fo more info on the Hu Hotel, click here. For the Cyber Monday sale click here and use access code: CYBERM


Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread Competition has winners

2 Grand Prize Adult, Team Jengerbread, Chapel Hill, NC.2015
Asheville, N.C.– In mid November, the winners of the 23rd annual National Gingerbread House Competition, hosted by The Omni Grove Park Inn, were announced. With the requirement of being made of at least 75 percent gingerbread, each holiday display was judged on overall appearance, originality/creativity, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. Here are the delicious winning Gingerbread Houses.
Child 1st Place, Team Spirit Girls, China Grove, NC 2015
Teen 1st Place, Team Courtland High School German Program, Spotsylvania, VA 2015
Youth 1st Place, Coilin Anderson, Conover, NC 2015

Duane Street Hotel, New York, New York USA




Location Situated on the western side of Lower Manhattan in Tribeca, the Duane Street Hotel is in one of the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. Tribeca is packed with boutique bars, restaurants, and stores, and lined with daycares and other indicators of the area being home to many young families. There’s so much within walking distance, particularly the new One World Trade with its Observatory and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. A couple of blocks south of Duane, just across Broadway, is City Hall, and just further down Broadway is the wonderful neo-Gothic Woolworth Building, which is open for tours. The Brooklyn Bridge and Midtown, and the East Village are minutes away, too. The Duane Hotel’s location offers easy access to much of Manhattan, but with the benefit of feeling like you’re in a less commercial area, and in a real neighborhood where people live at a marginally slower pace.


The Hotel The Duane Street Hotel is a small property with just 43 rooms. It is part of the Independent Collection and like many IC hotels, there are bicycles available for guest use to explore the neighborhoods nearby, or to get some exercise riding along the banks of the Hudson River. The lobby is small, but has comfy window-side seating. Most of the ground floor is taken up by Mehtaphor, a casual, but colorful restaurant, which serves modern eclectic cuisine inspired by Asian and Indian flavors. It is overseen by Chef Jehangir Mehta, an Iron Chef America and Next Iron Chef contestant, and owner of the East Village’s noted Graffiti restaurant. The Duane has valet parking and the hotel has a free parking package — a huge boost for visitors who drive in the city. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi and iPad loan.


View of a Room 405 This room packs a lot of comfort and conveniences into a small, L-shaped space. Big windows give gritty downtown city views and lots of natural light. Chocolate brown and black are signature colors and the white linen lined bed dominates the space — sure it’s cramped, but visitors can get a taste of New York City’s legendary tight living space first-hand.


A desk gives adequate work space. Like all Independent Collection hotels, the bathroom is stocked with L’Occitane toiletries from Provence. There is a book nook stocked with select titles.



Duane Street Hotel

130 Duane Street

New York, NY 10013

Telephone: 212.964.4600

Website: duanestreethotel.com

Sofitel New York celebrates Thanksgiving with a French twist


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New York, New York — Gaby Brasserie Francaise, the signature restaurant at the stylish Sofitel New York, will celebrate America’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal with a French twist. Gaby’s Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey will offer an elegant plat du jour — what else but turkey, of course,  slow-roasted tturkey breast with sweet potato gnocchi and mushroom leek bread pudding, accompanied by balsamic-roasted Brussels sprouts and a cranberry Sauce with pinot and figs. Pumpkin crème brûlée will be offered for dessert.

Thanksgiving Day service is from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Gaby’s à la carte menu will also be available.

For reservations or more information, call 212-782-3040 or visit www.gabynyrestaurant.com.

Photo credit: Sofitel New York

Nu Hotel, Brooklyn, New York City, NY USA



Location Talk about being in the right place and ahead of time, the Nu Hotel opened in 2008 in Downtown Brooklyn, beating the post recession development fever. Of course, the Barclays Center was on its way and Smith Street was on its way up as a dining boîte hotspot, but the area was considerably less trafficked back then. Located on Smith Street, the hotel is in a perfect situation for a walk to eat and drink, and shop. But if you fancy a longer hike, the Brooklyn Bridge is nearby for walking into Manhattan, and also the Brooklyn Heights promenade with its beautiful view of Lower Manhattan is very close by. The Brooklyn Bridge Park offers an open space to play or find some peace. Check out Jane’s Carousel, a vintage carousel right by the river.


The Hotel Nu Hotel is part of the Independent Collection of boutique properties and each hotel is uniquely designed and furnished. At the Nu Hotel, parking is obtained right next door in what has to be the friendliest garage in the city. Outside the hotel are bicycles for guests to get around on, and take that once in a lifetime ride over the Brooklyn Bridge. Misdemeanor is the hotel’s lobby lounge and bar, and its name is inspired by the New York City corrections facility across the street. Here you can enjoy local Brooklyn brews and spirits, and small bites. The hotel is jumping on the Brooklyn brand (sigh, is everything a brand?) and also going for locally-produced beer and spirits, and snacks for the in-room mini bars. Whether it’s trend-jumping or not, hotels choosing to support local purveyors cuts down on transportation and helps the planet. The hotel’s reasoning is likely that it gives local character, something the Independent Collection aims for with its properties. Other on-site amenities include an incredibly — for a small space — well-stocked fitness center in its basement. Nu Hotel is pet-friendly.


View of a Room 304  Oh heavenly: this room has windows overlooking a tree lined courtyard. The window is not in direct view of the surrounding apartments and the room feels private even with the curtains wide open. What’s more, the windows open just enough to let in fresh air — for people who dislike the chemically cleaner smell of hotel rooms, this is a huge plus. The natural light is also very soothing. Most rooms in the Nu Hotel feature massive murals, each painted by a Brooklyn artist, who had free range with what they painted. This room has an odd sort of texan feel, or at least it looks like a desert scape with an oil rig. Besides a king size bed, armchair and coffee table, there is long desk and chair, which creates a great, uncluttered work space.


The bathroom is stocked with French made L’Occitaine toiletries and robes are provided.


NU Hotel

85 Smith Street

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Telephone: 718-852-8585

Website: nuhotelbrooklyn.com

Photo credits: M. Biernat/Hotel Junkie

The Envoy Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA




Location In 21st century Boston, massive scale development in the city’s Seaport District has brought towering buildings to what is now known as the South Boston Waterfront. Slowly, instead of wide open views of the harbor, a new urban skyline has been created, and every square inch of what was once railway sidings, and then as rail declined, parking lots, has become offices, homes, and bars and restaurants. The Envoy Hotel is situated just off Seaport Boulevard, steps from the Financial District, which lies just over the Evelyn Moakley Bridge, traversing Fort Point Chanel. It is also right by the designated Harbor Walk, which leads to either South Boston or the North End, depending on whether you go left or right from the hotel. Since development picked up, the city dubbed the area the Innovation District and se about luring start-ups and tech companies, where once there had been artists and open space. Nearby, are the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Children’s Museum, and the Tea Party Museum, the latter honoring one of Colonial Boston’s most notorious acts: the dumping of tea into the harbor in protest against taxation and British rule.


The Hotel The Envoy is a small, boutique proper, and part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. No two Autograph Hotels are alike, and the Envoy’s design honors location and contemporary mores. Reclaimed wood and shots of yellow — the Envoy’s signature color — warm a mostly white color scheme. The lobby’s ornate chandelier is a sculpture of reclaimed materials, including sunny yellow phone cords, and like many of the art pieces and fixtures, represents ocean life. There is lots of comfy seating in the lobby, whose floor-to-ceiling windows add a TV eye on the passing world.The hotel has 136 guest rooms, including two suites and 19 rooms with double queen beds. WiFi is free throughout the property. There is a fitness center on the second floor. The hotel is pet-friendly and offers valet parking.


View of a Room 406: Just off the fourth floor elevators, this room overlooks Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge, and also the Barking Crab and James Hook Lobster Company, two casual, venerable Boston seafood spots. The king size bed takes central place in the room, and a desk and chair, and a rendition of a sea chest flank the bed’s top and bottom. Handy electrical outlets with charging points are located in the bed head.


The ladder shelving holds locally made organic snacks and water, all for purchase. The TV stand is custom-made from an old bicycle frame. The bathroom is a glass walled cube, accented with marigold yellow. The glass wall and sliding door are etched with copies of  old maps of the harbor and coastal area.


The room is minimally furnished, yet includes much that you need: robes, slippers, and a bathroom stocked with Fresh toiletries and such niceties as cotton pads, cotton buds, and even nail polish remover. It is well-designed and unfussy.


Restaurants and Bars The Envoy boasts The Lookout Bar on its rooftop, which looks out, ahem, to the Financial District and gives amazing views of the glittering city at night. On the ground floor, just off the lobby, the Outlook Kitchen and Bar is an open-plan restaurant focussed on dishes using locally produced ingredients. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.The glass walls gives views over the channel and in clement weather its patio on the barely-trafficked dead end street is a nice, quieter spot in an ever-busy area.



70 Sleeper Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210


theenvoy hotel.com

Aha! moment at the Envoy Hotel



Boston, Massachusetts — The brand spanking new Envoy hotel doesn’t stint on room amenities. But you might have to hunt out some stuff, like the safe and ironing board. Both are neatly hidden: the former in the bathroom drawer and the second in the closet cupboard! It’s all part of the hotel’s clever Mod, minimal design.



Envoy Hotel offers view of old Boston harbor life



Boston, Massachusetts — This is the sun soaked view from the Envoy hotel, looking over Fort Point Channel and the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The legendary channel, once home to one of Boston’s best known rock clubs (named The Channel, and a salty place by all accounts), and the rusted old bridge (currently closed due to the massive development in the area), are a corner of old Boston before the century’s massive construction along Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Seaport District.


There was even a fisherman moored by the bridge, behind the venerable bar and diner, the Barking Crab, tending his gear before heading out into the harbor.


Boston Harbor Hotel’s bar features liquid Bond homage

Mikhail Glabets Photography

Mikhail Glabets Photography

Boston, Massachusetts — Tucked away in Boston Harbor Hotel, the Rowes Wharf Barpays homage to the new Bond film, Spectre, with a James Bond-inspired cocktail menu. General Manager Kerem Benyamini is a Bond buff and designed nine cocktails inspired by James Bond’s personal favorites, popular drinks featured in the books and films, and cocktails reflective of different film’s time period.

Kerem Benyamini_Rowes Wharf Bar & Sea Grille General Manager

The James Bond cocktail menu will be available at Rowes Wharf Bar from November 1-15 for $15 each. Here’s what Kerem came up with:

 Vesper Martini

The Vesper Martini is the “true” Bond Martini. The cocktail was the first mentioned (and the one that he claims to have invented) in Casino Royal

Vodka Martini

Besides Champagne, the Vodka Martini is the drink most often consumed by Bond (over 20 times)

Scotch & Soda

The mixed drink Bond is mentioned drinking most often in the books (a total of 21 times)

Vodka Tonic

In 1958, Fleming allowed Bond four Gin & Tonics in Dr. No and by 1963’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service the tone had switched to four Vodka Tonics in the novel.


This is the first drink mentioned in Casino Royale but it wasn’t until From a View to Kill that we learn when Bond feels the Americano is the more appropriate drink

Old Fashioned

Between Diamonds Are ForeverLive and Let Die and Thunderball, Bond’s Old-fashioned count builds up to four, often with a meal or before that occasional sleep of his – and it’s almost always a double.


2002’s Die Another Day – and is a possible reflection of the popularity of the cocktail at the time.


It is not only his favorite to share with Tiffany in the Diamonds are Forever novel, but in Thunderball, it is paired with coffee at the Nassau Casino bar.

Black Velvet

In Diamonds are Forever, Bond and Bill Tanner stop by the famous Scott’s in London for “dressed crab and a pint of black velvet.

Rowes Wharf Bar is located inside the elegant Boston Harbor Hotel at 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.  617.439.7000. www.bhh.com


Just steps away… From the Charles Hotel



Cambridge, MA — Just steps away from the Charles Hotel, tucked away down a hidden lane off Cambridge’s genteel Harvard Square, sits Harvest. This restaurant of considerable renown celebrates its 40th anniversary this fall and because its past chefs reads like a who’s who of Boston cooking elite — Barbara Lynch, Chris Schlesinger, Lydia Shire, and Gordon Hamersley, to name but a few — current Executive Chef Tyler Kinnett and Executive Pastry Chef Brian Mercury have created a special Anniversary Tasting Menu that will be offered throughout November, inspired by the celebrated chefs signature dishes cooked up during their time at the restaurant.


Because Harvest was one of Julia Child’s favorite restaurants — she lived nearby — Mercury has out his elegant spin on some of Julia’s classic desserts.


Also, from November 1 through November 30, 2015, guests are invited to celebrate Harvest’s 40th Anniversary with a series of in-restaurant programming:

A three-course menu compris: Two savory courses, one sweet; $48; $68 with wine pairing; or a  six-course menu: Four savory, two sweet; $68; $88 with wine pairing

Each guest who chooses the Anniversary Tasting Menu is given a special birthday takeaway gift created by Executive Pastry Chef Brian Mercury. Potential delicacies include homemade cashew brittle, goat’s milk fudge and chocolate chip meringue.

Harvest is offering “throwback” specialty cocktails priced at 1970s prices, including the “Harvest Wallbanger” at $2.95.  The Harvest Wallbanger is the restaurant’s take on the classic drink made popular in the mid-70s.

All guests who celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary at Harvest restaurant throughout the month of November will receive a special “anniversary rate” of 15% off their total bill (excluding alcohol, tip and gratuity). To redeem, guests must note celebration at time of making reservation and mention to their server.

Guests who share their past and present Harvest memories and photos on Instagram throughout the month of November using #HarvestThenandNow and @DineatHarvest will earn the chance to win one of three prizes, including:

o    Brunch for four at Harvest

o    Dinner for two at Harvest

o    $50 Gift Card


For more information on Harvest’s 40th anniversary, visit www.harvestcambridge.com. To track the conversation on social media and share both memories old and new, use hashtag #HarvestThenandNow and tag @DineatHarvest. To make a reservation, guests can call 617-868-2255 or visit www.harvestcambridge.com.

Ti Kaye Resort & Spa offers one night free in November


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Anse Cochon, Saint Lucia — Ti Kaye Resort & Spa is offering a bonus with its Relax & Rejuvenate at Ti Kaye package. This perfect mini vacation includes

  • Book seven nights in a Le Cottage and receive one night free for $3,364 per couple
  • Includes continental breakfast, a Kai Koko Spa body scrub treatment for two, yoga at the beach or indoor gym, garden walk/tour and return airport transfers
  • Book by October 31, 2015 for travel from November 1 through November 30, 2015

For more info: Ti Kaye Resort & Spa

Last minute dash to Cape Cod, then chill with the Sea Crest Beach Hotel’s yoga retreat


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North Falmouth, Mass. –– Looking for some last minute you-time? On Oct. 16, yoga enthusiasts – pros and newbies alike – are invited to the quintessential Sea Crest Beach Hotel for a two day Yoga Moves Retreat led by Mary Ellen Goodsir, the founder and owner of Yoga Moves.

The retreat includes four yoga classes (the first will be held at 4 p.m. on Oct. 16), two nights accommodations, daily breakfast, and dinner. The retreat is priced at $595 per person based on double occupancy and $795 for a single room. Rates include overnight accommodations, yoga classes, resort fees, taxes and gratuities. Guests will have plenty of free time between yoga classes to explore the Cape. The town of Falmouth is bustling with quaint shops, museums and restaurants, and ferries to and from Martha’s Vineyard are just minutes away.

Mary Ellen Goodsir has been a certified yoga instructor for 14 years and teaches Bikram, The Barkan Method and PranaVayu styles. She teaches with a style that speaks to the individual student – finding awareness, fitness and calm through the sequencing of poses and the flow of breath. With her extensive teaching experience, Mary Ellen focuses on alignment to create a safe and open environment for students of all abilities. Using humor and insight, her classes are a haven where all students can learn to thrive and balance mind, body and soul.

For more information: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Photo credit: Sea Crest Beach Hotel

Columbus Calling at the James Beard House



New York, New York — The recent Columbus Calling dinner brought the team from Gallerie Bar and Bistro in the Hilton Columbus Downtown to the James Beard House. The dinner, a showcase of Chef Bill Glover’s commitment to the produce of Ohio and the region bordering the state, featured six courses and was preceded by a reception on the patio, featuring cocktail from Columbus’s Watershed Distillery and Seventh Son Brewing Company’s beers.


The hors d’oeuvres included Gallerie’s sous vide egg prepared with potato puree, tarragon creme fruit, and topped with Bowfin caviar.



Smoked Ohio trout was served with trout roe, steelhead tatare and a ginger panna cotta. Lake Erie Walleye tempura had an eggplant puree and a lemon labne. It was finished with chioggia beets and  dusted with beet powder.  Rabbit confit was accompanied by sage gnocchi, smoked red cabbage, and walnuts. A fine during of leek ash was an inspired finish.


It wouldn’t be an Ohio dinner without pork and Glover chose non-factory farmed, and paired it with corn puree, blackberry ketchup, and a jalapeño hush puppy. Ohio beef short rib followed and was paired with a sweet bread croquette, spelt, goat cheese, and pickled chanterelles. Dessert was a beautiful presentation of Ohio sweet corn shuffle with a honey sabayon and apricots. The honey was from the hotel’s rooftop apiary.



Quirky Quirk Hotel opens in Richmond


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Richmond, Va. – Richmond welcomed the design-driven boutique Quirk Hotel, which, according to a press release is a “new immersive hotel concept that showcases the world of local creatives.” Sounds fun. The pretty pink bedroom palette looks it too.

The hotel’s opening in September adds momentum to downtown Broad Street’s revitalization and brings a new eatery and bar to the area: the lobby-located restaurant Maple & Pine led by Chef David Dunlap, and the rooftop terrace bar and lounge, adjacent to the Quirk Gallery.

In celebration of the opening of Quirk Hotel, the property has partnered with local favorite, The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, to offer a special, limited time package. The November Theatre originally opened in 1911 and featured stars like Lucille LaVerne and John Bunny until a fire damaged the space in 1927, after which it lay dark for several years and then reopened to feature films and vaudeville performances. After various usage, in 2012 the Empire Theatre opened after a $2 million renovation and was renamed the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre.

The package includes:

  • Overnight stay in a suite
  • Dinner for two at the hotel’s on-site restaurant Maple & Pine
  • Tickets for two to the latest show at November Theater with a choice of:

o   A personal guided tour of The November Theater including a complete history of the theater scene in Richmond, backstage access and meet-and-greet with the actors

o   A personal guided tour of The Props and Costume Archives including time to “play”

  • Prices start at $599

For more info: www.destinationhotels.com

Photo credit: Destination Hotels



Millenium Hilton, New York, NY


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Location Lower Manhattan is where modern, bustling, commercially driven New York City began in the 1600s — firstly as a Dutch Colony, before the British finally took control in 1664 — and it remains the city’s financial center, and that of America, too. It is the home of the notorious Wall Street and the World Trade Center site. Within steps of the hotel is One World Trade Center, which was initially dubbed Freedom Tower, and is the tallest building in the western hemisphere. The reflecting pools and 9/11 memorial are also on hand. Lower Manhattan is also home to Columbia University, which was founded in 1754, and the first Congress of the United States sat at Federal Hall on Wall Street, circa 1789, while New York City was the nation’s short-lived capital. To the south, towards New York Harbor, lies both the new-built community of Battery Park City and the historic South Street Seaport. Northwards, the SoHo, Meatpacking District, West Village, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, Nolita, and the East Village offer a myriad of bars, restaurants, and shopping, much of it boutique and individual to the city — if you get off the main, more subscribed streets, that is. Lower Manhattan is referred to as Downtown and since the 1950s offered lower rents and became the home and work space for artists and musicians. The massive development has threatened the area culturally, pushing artists over the Brooklyn Bridge, which connects Manhattan and Long Islands in Lower Manhattan.


The Hotel Millenium Hilton opened in the Fiancial District in 1992 after two years of construction. Rather childishly, the developers chose to deliberately misspell the name, leaving off one n and perhaps rendering its title meaningless. Nevertheless, the hotel’s 55 stories and monolithic smoked black exterior have a late-20th century grandeur, both modern and minimal. The hotel has 569-rooms and suites. Less than a decade after its opening, the Millenium Hilton was severely damaged by the events of 9/11, which unfolded right in front of the hotel, right before some guests’ eyes. The flag that flew outside the entrance up until that day was recovered by some staff members. It now hangs discreetly in the lobby. The lobby is a bright area with a corner bar and lots of seating.  Check in and the concierge desk, as well as a small shop, complete the ground floor space. Notably, by the Fulton Street entrance, the hotel’s American flag, which was rescued by staff after the 9/11 blasts tore up the hotel’s frontage, hangs, framed on a wall.


View of a Room: 4711 This corner suite offers views far up the west side of Manhattan — construction, ever ongoing, has blocked off some of the magnificent city vistas, though. The bedroom has views over the Hudosn to New Jersey, too, but the sights are dominated by One World Trade Center, whihc is smack bang in front of the picture window. Look down from that window and the North Pool, part of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, glistens below, surrounded by dozens of fledgling trees. It’s an oasis of calm, and a much vivisted one.


Besides astounding views, the bedroom also offers an amazingly comfortable king bed with a large flatscreen on the dresser. The bathroom has Philip Thomas Roth toiletries, and robes and slippers await in the closet. The separate living room has a couch, a work desk, coffee/tea station, mini bar, and another TV. The decor is muted: beige, caramel, and brown. The art work is understated, too. This stylish, but neutral interior contrasts well with the complex city backdrop all around the room. At the night, the city lights never cease to astound.


Restaurant and bars The first floor lobby bar, Liquid Assets, the title a nod to the hotel’s location, is accented by sunshine yellow and has views to the bustling street. There’s complimentary WiFi in the lobby area. Church & Dey Restaurant, the hotel’s signature restaurant, is located on the third floor. Both the restaurant and lobby were renovated in 2012.


Fitness, pool There is a fitness center and an indoor pool.

Parking There is valet only parking at the Fulton Street garage, but no in-out privileges.


55 Church St, New York, NY 10007

Phone: 212-693-2001
Photo credit: Hilton Hotel Group/Hotel Junkie

Have a Perfect Day at the Hilton Westchester, Starting with Breakfast



Rye Brook, New York — Wandering through acres of wooded grounds, swimming in the outdoor or indoor pools, a game of tennis perhaps? These are a few of the things to do at the Hilton Westchester.


There’s also this wonderful thing called doing nothing, so about simply relaxing on the terrace adjacent to Härth restaurant?

Harth Restaurant (outdoor patio area)

There’s lunch and dinner to be had at Härth, of course: locally made creamy burrata tops an arugula salad and is served with pillow-y flatbread; pan roasted salmon is glazed with white wine; and the succulent succotash has butter beans. It’s all very tasty. Then, later, curling up with a glass of wine or a cocktail and a cheese plate, and sitting by the fireplace in the lobby lounge, well, that’s a dose of bliss.


Can there be anything as pleasurable than starting the day with a wonderful breakfast in the privacy of your room? The breakfast menu includes what has to be the best Eggs Benedict ever. Yes, the eggs are nicely poached and perch on a bed of fresh, wilted spinach. For meat lovers, there’s a generous layer of ham, omit that if you like. And the hollandaise is lovely and lemony, and the color of marigolds. But the secret weapon is a brioche bread pudding “bun”underneath it all. Beats a muffin any day of the week.


For more info: HIlton Westchester

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s Stay with the Kennedys package celebrates two Kennedys


Boston, Massachusetts — The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s “Stay with the Kennedys” package, giving access to the life and legacies of both John Fitzgerald Kennedy and his younger brother, Ted. Both served their country and community as President of the United States and Senator, respectively.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Boston’s package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations in a standard guest room at either the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown OR the DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside
  • Two adult admission tickets to the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate
  • Two adult admission tickets to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

The package is available through July 31, 2016, but guests must book one week in advance. For rates and to book:

DoubleTree Club by Hilton Boston Bayside

DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Downtown

Sultry summer in Pittsburgh? Hit the Kimpton Rooftop Biergarten



Pittsburgh, PA — It can get pretty steamy in Pittsburgh during the summer months, especially downtown. So catch a breeze on the Kimpton hotel’s newly-opened seasonal rooftop biergarten.


This ninth-floor rooftop space not only provides some respite from street level heat, but honors the city’s German heritage with an all-German beer list and accompanying bier friendly food.



The biergarten is shadowed by the mighty modernist ALCOA building, which was built in 1951 as the corporate headquarters for the Aluminum Company of America. Hence, the extensive use of aluminium used in the building. It is now apartments.




For more information: Kimpton Monaco Pittsburgh

Photo credit: Adam Milliron

Sleeping next to the tallest building in the western hemisphere… at the Millenium Hilton



New York, NY — As another year passes and another day of remembrance for the victims of 9/11 is marked in Lower Manhattan, the evening brings calm to the area where throngs visited earlier in the day. The barricaded streets are now open and life returns to normal. It’s not often the average person sleeps within view of One World Trade Center, aka the Freedom Tower, its cobalt blue spire lit up and spectacular against the black night sky. But, by sheer chance, the Millenium Hilton was built adjacent to the World Trade Centers twin towers. So, by inheritance, views from some rooms look over the reflecting pools and right smack at the tower. But this hotel sustained considerable damage from that horrifying day and it took millions to restore its structure. So, this hotel has a 9/11 connection like no other.






Langham, Boston adds Express Spa Treatments



Boston, Massachusetts — It’s amazing what you can achieve in 45 minutes. How about deep cleaned, rehydrated skin, or knotted muscles soothed? The Langham, Boston hotel’s Chuan Body + Soul spa now has Express Treatments lasting 45 minutes, which means busy people, both local — the hotel is in the city’s Financial District — and visitors, can experience a relaxing treatment during lunch break. Though all are welcome, the Express Treatments are aimed at business travelers and are only available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 11 am-5 pm.

The four treatments on the new Chuan Body + Soul Express Menu are:

– Express Source Marine Facial is designed for dehydrated skin that is occasionally subject to flakiness and tightness. This 45-minute treatment uses a specific mask made with active marine ingredients and vegetal milks to improve texture and leave the skin feeling soft and silky. $99.00

– Express Oxygenation Facial is a 45-minute booster treatment that oxygenates, revitalizes and brightens the complexion, resulting in a radiant, healthy glow. It’s the ideal remedy for tired, sluggish skin, polluted by stress and a busy lifestyle. $99.00

– Express Swedish Massage is a superb 45-minute massage that includes soothing scented oils which are worked by hand into the muscle and soft tissue to induce a deep sense of calm. $99.00

– Express Deep Tissue Massage is a 45-min western-style massage that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and very deep strong finger pressure on the contracted areas. $112.00

For more information: Langham, Boston


Photo credit: Langham, Boston

Hilton Columbus Downtown Chef Bill Glover hits the Big Apple



New York, New York — Chef Bill Glover will bring a touch of Midwest cooking to the James Beard House this fall. The Hilton Columbus Downtown chef, who heads the Hotel Junkie recommended Gallerie Bar & Bistro, has been invited to present a dinner at the fabled James Beard House.  The event is Friday, September 11, and promises to feature dishes with a Central Ohio regional twist over a six-course menu. the evening begins with a reception at 7 p.m., with dinner following at 8 p.m.

For tickets: James Beard House 
167 W. 12th St., New York, NY

Gallerie Bar & Bistro at Hilton Columbus Downtown


IMG_2777Columbus, Ohio — Midway on the renowned High Street, and up on the second level of the Hilton Columbus Downtown, is the open-plan bar and restaurant, Gallerie Bar & Bistro. The large, separate bar has window-side couches and comfy chairs, and a tempting list of cocktails, wine, and local beers such as North High Hefeweizen, Elevator Dark Force lager, or Seventh Son amber ale.


Across the way is the bistro: look up through the towering atrium of the hotel. Oh and beware, guests might looking back down at you from their rooms! No matter, it’s the food that counts here and, under the guidance of Chef Bill Glover it’s better than the average hotel restaurant, much better. There are starters and small plates, and the small plates are not those horribly inadequate sized dishes. They are actually big enough to share, if you want to. But with such tempting items as shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and crispy polenta replacing the usual puddingy grits, you may decide to go solo. There’s also a charcuterie plate and local Ohio cheeseboard; and goat cheese agnolotti with English peas, beech mushrooms, chioggia beets, and pine nuts. Among the entrees is a seared salmon with roasted fingerling potatoes and a roasted red pepper and smoked almond tapenade; and Ohio pork chops with herb spatial, blackberry jus, and fried leek straws.Expect dishes to change seasonally, dictated by fresh local produce that becomes available.

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Desserts? These are the kind of desserts you want to save room for–the roasted banana semifreddo with gianduja and an espresso creme Anglaise is inspired and delicious. Wow.


Save up to 40% with Nantucket Island Resorts’ Summer for Less offer


image001Nantucket, MA — It might be the height of summer, but there are deals to be had on the exclusive island of Nantucket. Nantucket Island Resorts’ “Summer for Less” offer means nightly rates start at $295 on select dates this season at all its properties.

Jared Coffin House from $295 A former Whaling Captain’s mansion, the landmark is located in the heart of Town and steps away from Nantucket’s top restaurants, shops and museums.


The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin from $475No yacht? No problem. Enjoy all the benefits of staying on Nantucket’s Boat Basin. Furry first mates are welcome at the pet-friendly Woof Cottages.


The Wauwinet from $595 | For romance and relaxation, escape to the northeast end of the island and enjoy the The Wauwinet’s two private beaches.

White Elephant from $625 Sip Brant Point Grill’s famous Lobster Bloody Mary, throwback freshly shucked oysters, and take in the sparkling harbor view from Nantucket’s most iconic hotel.

White Elephant Village Residences & Inn from $1295| Steps from Town, the multi-bedroom accommodations are ideal for families. Little ones will love Children’s Beach located across the street, while the hotel’s complimentary bikes are perfect to explore nearby beaches, like Steps Beach and Jetties Beach.

For more information about travel dates and rates, visit, https://www.nantucketislandresorts.com/hotel-deals or call 800 475 2637.

The Plaza offers Christmas Spectacular Package


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New York, NY – Too early to be thinking about the Holidays? Not if you want to book The Plaza’s Christmas Spectacular Package, which includes a deluxe guest room and two tickets to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the beloved Rockets. Guests who book an Edwardian Suite or above receive four tickets to the performance, and additional tickets are available for purchase through the hotel with a confirmed reservation.  And, guests who book before September 1, 2015 will receive The Plaza’s collectible 2015 Christmas ornament and snow globe.  The Christmas Spectacular Package is available from November 23, 2015 through January 3, 2016 starting at $1,125 USD per night. The Christmas Spectacular Package must be booked at least 10 days in advance.

For additional information: fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york or call (212) 546.5350.

Twin Farms and CorePower Yoga collaborate




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


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

Harth Restaurant (Hilton Westchester)

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.


Photo Credit: Sofitel New York