North Falmouth, Mass. – Starting this Memorial Day, the CapeFLYER’s weekend passenger train service available through Labor Day weekend, connects Boston to Cape Cod. Connections with the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority bus service make a visit to Sea Crest Beach Hotel seamless and stress-free. Throughout the summer, guests traveling to the hotel via CapeFLYER can present their train ticket on arrival and receive a complimentary welcome gift. All aboard!
For more info: Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Photo credit: Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Stockbridge, Mass. – Historic Stockbridge hostelry, The Red Lion Inn, has two-day weekend getaway for history and culture buffs. The Memorial Day Special includes accommodations for two nights for two, a relaxing round of drinks on the inn’s Front Porch, which overlooks this quaint New England town’s main street, and a $50 dining voucher for a meal in one of the on-site dining establishments. A pair of tickets for two of the following local attractions is also included: Chesterwood, Naumkeag, Norman Rockwell Museum, and Berkshire Botanical Garden.
Chesterwood: Summer estate of sculptor Daniel Chester French, creator of the seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial, and many other American public monuments. Chesterwood is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Naumkeag: Designed by Stanford White, this magnificent 19th century cottage from the Berkshires’ Gilded Age, and formal gardens, is also maintained by the Trustees of Reservations.
Norman Rockwell Museum: Explore the world’s largest and most significant collection of original art by America’s favorite illustrator, Norman Rockwell, including his Stockbridge studio and discover changing exhibitions of other contemporary and past masters.
Berkshire Botanical Garden: One of the earliest non-profit nursery/gardens in the United States, this 15 acre garden offers beauty, relaxation, and a first-hand look at the variety of plants and trees that grow in the Berkshires.
Rates start at $575 plus taxes for two nights in a deluxe room. This special is only available May 24th-27th 2013. For more info: 413-298-1690, or www.redlioninn.com
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New York, New York – On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Hilton New York has been renamed New York Hilton-Midtown, honoring its Manhattan neighborhood.
Originally, the hotel’s name was even more location specific. When Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton opened the hotel in June 1963 on Sixth Avenue between West 53rd and 54th Streets, he named it the New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center.
Besides Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all close by. The 1,981-room hotel is a short walk from Times Square, Broadway theaters and Fifth Avenue shopping. For more info: www.hiltonnewyorkhotel.com
Photo credit: New York Hilton-Midtown
Daydream Nation – Those who can, stay; those who can’t, browse… And dream! This May, The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts will issue Hotel Stories, a limited-edition 160-page book filled with breathtaking images of this Starwood brand’s enviable hotel collection. Published by Assouline, the beautiful hardcover book features archival images and passages from a star-studded group of travel aficionados,including Susan Sarandon, designer Cynthia Rowley, model Coco Rocha, pro-golfer Colin Montgomerie, Emily Mortimer, Stanley Tucci, and Placido Domingo.
The Luxury Collection includes more than 80 of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts around the world that combine spectacular architecture and splendid history: Castillo son Vida was where Prince Rainier and Princess Grace gave intimate soirees that included guests such as Aristotle Onassis, and Maria Callas; Ernest Hemingway read his own obituary on The Gritti Palace’s infamous canal terrace in 1954; Hotel Bristol was the romantic destination where the Prince of Wales and Wallis Simpson hid during the height of their infamous affair.
The book will grace Luxury Collection bedrooms. It will be for sale at Assouline stores and online, too.
Photo credit: The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts
St Barts. – The five-Star Hotel Christopher has incredible “low season” packages offering up to 200 Euros resort credit per day. Starting April 14 choose from:
The Silver package starting rate is 399 Euros with a 100 Euro resort credit per day, for a three night minimum stay
The Gold package starting rate is 369 Euros with a 150 Euro resort credit per day, for a five night minimum stay
The Diamond package starting rate is 369 Euros and includes a 200 Euro credit per day, for a seven night minimum stay
Packages are valid until August 25th, 2013 and include
· Roundtrip airport or harbor transfer,
· Accommodation and full buffet breakfast
· Welcome drink and minibar on arrival
· Welcome amenity from the chef
All rates are based on double occupancy and are subject to 5% nightly local tax.
For more info: 866-617-4578, www.stbarthhotels.com
Photo credit: Hotel Christopher
New York, New York — Gansevoort Hotels have special spring packages available of both New York properties. The Spring Awakening Package starts at $335, but bookings must be made by April 7. Choose the flagship Meatpacking property or opt for Park Avenue and enjoy deluxe accommodations with guaranteed upgrade when available, continental breakfast for two, a complimentary Highline design book, and 10% off all food and beverage during your stay.
Las Vegas, Nevada — New York-based Gansevoort Hotels announced the opening of its latest property: Gansevoort Las Vegas. Slated to open in January 2014 in the space formerly inhabited by Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, the $185 million renovation will include a sleek new 65,000-square-foot rooftop club conceived by Victor Drai, a celebrity chef-driven restaurant, casino gaming and more.
(Gansevoort Park Ave: Photo credit: Gansevoort Hotels)
Tuscany, Italy — Set in the gentle hills of Tuscany, the Castello del Nero’s early booking discounts means savings for guests. Just book 30 days prior to arrival for special rates valid throughout 2013. Also, this 12th century castle has a stay three nights, get one free offer for breakfast inclusive stays through May 31, 2013.
For more info: Castello del Nero
Photo Credit: Castello del Nero
New York, New York — The spectacular Conrad New York, located in Battery Park City, was recently awarded LEED Gold certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Buildings Council (USGBC). The award was verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
This is the first LEED Gold New Construction major renovation project certified under the latest rating system in New York. The Conrad NY’s green buildout is part of a company wide initiative to adopt enviromentaly sound practices.
For more info: www.conradnewyork.com
U.S.A. – Beginning March 19, Vail Resorts is offering guests up to 60 percent off a stay, guaranteeing them the lowest lodging rates of the season. The clock is ticking though: this 96-hour sale, which applies to Vail Resorts properties and Rock Resorts’s collection of luxury resorts, ends 11:59 p.m. on March 22.
Properties included in the sale are
· Colorado (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone)
· Lake Tahoe (Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood)
· Wyoming (Grand Teton Lodge Company)
· The Arrabelle at Vail Square
· The Lodge at Vail in Vail, Colo.
· The Osprey at Beaver Creek
· The Pines Lodge in Beaver Creek, Colo.
· One Ski Hill Place in Breckenridge, Colo.
· Half Moon in Rose Hall, Jamaica
Bookings for the 96-hour sale must be made online, only at http://rockresorts.com/96HourSale
Photo credit: One Ski Hill Place
Delray Beach, Florida — The Delray Beach Marriott has unveiled its new Villas by the Sea, which comprises eight luxury ocean view or garden view cottages surrounding a private pool. There is also private check-in and personal concierge services.
The villas include one, two, and three-bedroom units with kitchenettes and large verandas. A grocery shopping service is available and a complimentary breakfast basket is delivered each morning
Villas guests will also have priority to the award-winning N Spa, located on property. Offering a spa menu inspired by earth’s essences, N Spa’s products and services are nature -inspired from some of the best-known spa brands.
For more info: 877-389-0169, www.marriottdelraybeach.com
Photo credit: Delray Beach Marriott.
Gloucester, MA — Call it spring-cleaning: The Inn Magnolia will hold its third annual Women’s Retreat Weekend: Relax and Renew - April 12-14. Practitioners will be on board to “pamper and inspire,” says innkeeper Amanda Nash. Activities massage, Yoga, the Alexander Technique, Meditation, and inspirational talks. Along with meals, all treatments and activities are included. As is quiet time on the beach or on nearby conservation land nearby, or just “to curl up and read,” adds Nash.
Price ranges from $295-$440 per person, including accommodations. An early-bird rate applies to those who sign up before March 31.
For more info: 978-525-3642, http://www.InnMagnolia.com
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Cambridge, Mass. – The Charles Hotel’s Sweetheart Escape package is a mini-break for lovers who don’t want to schlep. Everything you need – great dining, arts, and boutique shopping – is right on hand in quaint Harvard Square. The package itself includes
· Overnight accommodations in a luxurious deluxe guest room
· Bottle of sparkling wine with a Valentine’s Day-themed dessert delivered to your room
· Breakfast in bed for two (or out, if you prefer)
· Skating passes and skate rentals for two at the Rink at The Charles
Hurry up: the Sweetheart Escape package is only available from February 14 – 17. Price starts at $359, based on double occupancy, exclusive of tax or gratuity. For more info: 617-864-1200.
Photo credit: The Charles Hotel
London, England — In honor of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, which celebrates its 100th year in 2013, the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt will launch its Floral Afternoon Tea service. The no doubt scrumptious tea includes a selection of rich floral teas or a glass of Champagne, and such flowery treats as orange blossom and lavender infused scones served with traditional clotted cream and strawberry jam; elderflower crème brulée, and rose fruit jellies. It is available throughout May in the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Vanderbilt’s 68-86 Lounge.
For more info: www.radissonblu-edwardian.com
Berlin, Germany — Originally built in the 1930’s, proto modernist hotel Das Stue has finished renovations that speak to the mid-century mod movement’s open plan living with clean minimalist design.
Michelin-starred Paco Perez will helm Das Stue’s culinary program, which includes 5-Cinco.
Das Stue also includes a spa with an indoor swimming pool, as well as a glass sauna and gym. The 80 guestrooms include iMacs in each room and complimentary W-LAN (WiFi).
For more info: http://www.das-stue.com
Photo credit: Das Stue
Bermuda – For those who don’t like their winter sunshine red-hot, Bermuda is having a “pink sale” offering a limited-time 50 percent off room rates at participating resort properties. The discount is valid with a three-night minimum stay. Purchase between January 23 and February 3 for travel from January 24 through May 7. Participating properties include:
· Fairmont Hamilton Princess
· Fairmont Southampton Hotel
· Grotto Bay Beach Hotel
· Newstead Belmont Hills
· Cambridge Beaches
· Royal Palms
For more info: www.gotobermuda.com.
Photo credits: Bermuda Department of Tourism/Hotel Junkie/Royal Palms Hotel
New York, NY — For the utterly besotted, and utterly wealthy, the historic Warwick New York Hotel has an OTT romance package for Valentine’s. Firstly, the price tag: $21,400.
Legend has it that publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst built the Warwick in 1926 for his mistress, actress Marion Davies. The package is available throughout the month of February and includes:
Two-nights in a newly renovated “On the Avenue” suite overlooking the Avenue of the Americas. It will be decorated with your favorite flowers
Personal photographer to record your visit
Chauffeured limousine transportation throughout the stay
In-room couple’s massage
Romantic in-suite dinner experience as well as breakfast daily
Welcome bottle of Cristal Champagne with keepsake monogrammed flutes
$10,000 gift card to nearby Cartier
For reservations or additional information: 212-314-7700,
Photo credit: Warwick Hotel