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Cape Arundel Inn and Resort hosts Pierre’s Table, adds new ocean view bungalows

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Chef Pierre Gignac, Ocean. Kennebunkport, Maine.

Kennebunkport, ME — The Cape Arundel Inn & Resort’s aptly named restaurant Ocean boasts immaculate, uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, but the deal sealer is Chef Pierre Gignac’s French-inspired re-imagining of coastal Maine cuisine.

On April 21, Ocean hosts Pierre’s Table, a special three-course dinner and cocktail reception with Chef Pierre. Tickets can be purchased here.

Additionally, on May 1, the Cape Arundel Inn & Resort will unveil six new Rockbound Bungalows with ocean view balconies located in the single-level annex adjacent to the Main House.

With Maine supplying some of the finest fish in the country, Pierre’s latest culinary passion is experimenting with sustainable farm-raised Yellowtail and Maine sea greens from Franklin, with which he creates summery crudo preparations such as carpaccio or tartare served with a salad of sea lettuce.

Some of Chef Pierre’s signature dishes are Lobster Thermidor with globe artichoke, trumpet royal, English mustard cream and Parmesan gratin, and a yellow tomato gazpacho with peekytoe crab antiboise salad, avocado mousse and espelette pepper. While the former is a personal take on a classic, the latter is a “chowder” that is simply not to be missed.

 

Boston Park Plaza has deals for its 90th Anniversary celebration

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BOSTON, MA – The Boston Park Plaza hotel, which recently completed a dramatic $100 million lobby to roof restoration project that included each of the hotel’s 1,060 guestrooms, suites, lobby and all public space, will launch its 90th Anniversary celebration with a variety of special packages and experiences.

Originally opened as the Statler Hotel in March 1927, the Park Plaza’s 90th Anniversary invites all   couples married  at the hotel to try its Relive the Romance Package.  Guests who provide their original receipt from their wedding night or honeymoon will receive the original rate they paid on the first night of their stay. In 1967, for example, couples would have paid around $23 per night.  This package is available for a minimum two night stay.  Rates start at $199 for the second night and the offer is based upon availability, through December 30, 2017.

Other hotel guests can experience the Park Plaza’s Anniversary Package.  This special Anniversary Package offers rates from $249, including a Champagne amenity to toast the next 90 years. And, regardless of room package booked, guests may enjoy a suite upgrade from a superior queen guest room to a one bedroom suite for only $90 per night.  Both offers are available through December 30, 2017, based upon availability.  Packages may be booked at bostonparkplaza.com or by calling the hotel at (617) 426-2000.

Also, the 90 Days of Surprises and Delights means lucky guests will receive surprise experiences and amenities, which could include a room upgrade, cocktails or dinner at Off The Common, tickets to sites and attractions, special treats from the chef, and more.

Additionally, beginning April 1, 2017, Off The Common, Boston Park Plaza’s bustling onsite restaurant and lounge, will serve a rotating monthly classic cocktail specials tied to each of the last nine decades, along with an ongoing menu of classic a la carte menu items, such as chilled lobster cocktail or crispy chicken a la king for $19.27, created by Executive Chef Andrew Beer.

For additional information: bostonparkplaza.com.

 

Hilton Westchester makes you feel at home (especially with HBO)

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Rye Brook, NY — It might be 2016, but there is something strangely comforting about finding HBO on your TV in your hotel room. The Hilton Westchester is a warm and inviting hotel, especially at this time of year when it’s all dressed up in fall foliage through its extensive grounds. But, even in these days of On Demand and taking your own movies with you when you travel (what’s the point of that?), there is something about clicking onto HBO that feels like home when you are away from home!

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Verb Hotel offers $99 room, but only if you party

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Boston, MA — The Verb Hotel, a dynamic reimagining of a classic mid-century motel in the heart of Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, is offering a $99 room rate for guests who book a holiday party with Hojoko. You really will want a part in the restaurant, which comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning owners Tim Cushman and Nancy Cushman. In short — the food is superb. The playful sake selection doesn’t hurt either.

Hojoko can accommodate groups of up to 175 with entertainment possibilities for DJs, live music and karaoke.

Whats more, the package is good though to February — Valentine’s party anyone?

The “Party All The Time” package is valid November 19, 2016 through February 28, 2017. For more info visit: http://www.theverbhotel.com

Kimpton opens its first international hotel

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Kimpton Hotel Group will open its first international property and it’s the first new luxury property on Grand Cayman in more than 10 years!

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, the American hotel brand’s first Caribbean hotel, is located on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. Set to open in November, 2016, the property will feature a distinct local Caymanian influence.

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The resort has 266 rooms and a signature restaurant, Ave and Avecita, and a beach bar, Coccoloba. There are two pools, a spa, and extensive event and meeting space.

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There are a number of opening specials available – such as the Grand Opening offer, which includes a $100 dining credit and $100 spa credit on any two night (minimum) stay, or the Fourth Night Free package. More info: www.seafireresortandspa.com

Cape Codder Resort offers Haunted Hotel package

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Hyannis, MA — The Cape Codder Resort and Spa is ready for Halloween with decorations and a special package deal. Here are some of the characters you’ll bump into in the corridors of this Haunted Hotel this year.

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Hyannis’s most haunted!

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Creepy Cape Cod!

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Massachusetts’ most malevolent!

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For more info on the Haunted Hotel package: www.capecodderresort.com

Le Diner en Blanc, Boston style

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Boston, MA — It was quite a sight: 2,000 people gathered in front of the Boston Children’s Museum’s waterfront terrace, eating and drinking, and all dressed top-to-toe in white. This was the Hub’s annual Le Diner en Blanc, part of a worldwide culinary spectacle, launched nearly 30 years ago in Paris. Le Diner en Blanc is a fun, elegant summer event, now held in over 70 cities in more than 25 countries around the world.

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The location remains a secret and isn’t announced until 4 p.m. on the day of the dinner. This year’s  location by Fort Point Channel, away from the massive development that has pretty much eradicated views of Boston’s harbor and with lovely views of Boston’s city skyline was perfect.

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Photo credit: Tricia McCormack

 

Dinner at BLT in the Ritz-Carlton Westchester

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White Plains, NY — The Ritz-Carlton Westchester, located in the heart of White Plains, includes a BLT outpost, which offers inside dining, an elegant experience to be sure, and also al fresco service on its street side patio.

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Inside or out, the meal begins with BLT’s customary popover, a batter bun popular in old school Northeast steak houses and restaurants of note.

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Summery dishes at BLT include a beet salad and bass with leeks, each tender and tasty.

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Asha airs wares at H​arborview Nantucket trunk show

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Nantucket, MA — Harborview Nantucket hosts an exclusive trunk show featuring the jewelry and accessories line Asha, July 13-15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this three-day event, Founder and Creative Director Ashley McCormick will be onsite to present her classic-chic designs and offer 15 percent off of merchandise. Cisco Brewers will provide a signature cocktail and light appetizers for the launch, and one lucky winner will receive an overnight stay at Harborview Nantucket and a Nantucket tote bag.

Asha is sold in over 80 boutiques nationwide, including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. The Trunk Show is open to the public. For more information: Harborview Nantucket

 

Martha’s Vineyard’s Harbor View Hotel throws daylong Fourth bash

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Martha’s Vineyard, MA — As usual, the Harbor View Hotel will host a magnificent July 4 Celebration in Edgartown. The day will include live music, fireworks, a parade and great food — all open to the public as well as hotel guests. The fun begins with children’s activities at 10 a.m. on the hotels front porch, continues with the annual Edgartown Parade around 5 p.m., and ends in the hotel’s Lighthouse Grill for food and dancing.
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Cecil

Take a Tour of Space-age Strega Steakhouse in Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel

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Boston, MA — Tucked inside the venerable Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Strega Steakhouse adds quite the contrast in style. Its modernist lines and sleek white decor is counterpoint to the Park Plaza’s early Twentieth Century gilded opulence.

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Take a tour of The Verb Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts — Is this the most rock and roll hotel ever? Could just be. The Verb Hotel echoes Boston’s Fenway neighborhood’s not too distant past, back when this part of Boylston Street was all about music. Rehearsal spaces and recording studios once sat where condos now tower above the Verb. Fact: Keith Richards recorded at the legendary Woolly Mammoth studio across the street! And Tony Bennett is among many artist who once stayed at the Verb’s predecessor, the Fenway Motor Inn.

 

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Nick Fradiani performs at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

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New York, New YorkAmerican Idol winner Nick Fradiani packed the patio at the Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District‘s W XYZ Bar on April 19. Performing al fresco in the hotel’s interior courtyard, Fradiani, who won American Idol Season 14, performed as part of the Live at Aloft Hotels concert series.

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It’s a little known fact, but artists like The Lumineers and Ed Sheeran played Live At Aloft Hotels sets before they made it big!
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 Aloft Hotels has put a spotlight on up-and-coming artists since the brand’s inception in 2008 with the introduction of Live At Aloft Hotels, the signature ongoing music series offered at every one of the brand’s 100 plus hotels worldwide. As a further commitment to rising musicians, Aloft’s annual Project Aloft Star global talent competition is aimed at discovering the world’s hottest music acts. The 7th annual competition is scheduled to launch early this summer.

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All Live At Aloft Hotels 2016 Tour performances have no cover charge and are open to hotel guests and music-loving locals. For a complete and up-to-date list of all artists, locations and performance dates, please visit LiveAtAloftHotels.com

Aloft Manhattan Downtown – Financial District

49-53 Ann St

New York, NY 1003

 

 

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Take a tour of Boston’s Hotel Commonwealth’s new Fenway Suite

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The Boston Red Sox face the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 6, 2015. (Photo credit: Michael Ivins/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

Boston, MA — Just in time for the 2016 baseball season, the Hotel Commonwealth’s Fenway Suite debuts with a wealth of memorabilia, both culled both Fenway Park, just around the corner, and collected from auctions.

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Take a break at Lil’s Cafe in Kittery, Maine

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Kittery, Maine — We all know that Kittery is the cutest foodie hub going and Lil’s Cafe is at the heart of the action.

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Set in an old bank in Wallingford Square, along with sandwiches and salads, and coffee, tea, and pastries, Lil’s houses the Vinyl Vault, a secondhand record alcove behind the bank’s old Mosler safe door.

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Cakes, pastries, and other baked goods are made in the basement kitchen. The result includes curly crullers and cream puffs to go with that perfect cup of coffee. What’s a cruller? It’s a doughnut type pastry beloved by Mainers, usually straight, but who can argue with a curly one?

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Rita Wilson returns to The Carlyle hotel’s Café Carlyle

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New York, New York — Musician, actress and producer Rita Wilson returns to the Carlyle hotel’s lauded Café Carlyle, February 23-March 5. Wilson debuted at the famous supper club with a residency in the fall of 2014. Wilson’s winter Café Carlyle residency will center around her first original collection of songs, a self-titled set that marks her second album, which will be released March 11.

Performances take place Tuesday – Friday at 8:45pm; and Saturdays at 8:45pm and 10:45pm. Reservations: 212.744.1600 Café Carlyle is located in The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel (35 East 76th Street, at Madison Avenue).

The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table hosts Victor Hugo Wine Dinner

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Cambridge, MA — On March 2, The Charles Hotel’s Henrietta’s Table will host a Victor Hugo Wine Dinner featuring a four-course menu curated by Executive Chef Peter Davis. Naturally, the dishes will be expertly paired with wines from the literary named Victor Hugo Winery, and the dinner will feature cheeses from Massachusetts’ Shy Brother’s Farm and Ruggles Hill Creamery. The menu will highlight New England produce, including seared Arcadian red fish accompanied by celery root puree, and Pineland Farm sirloin with roasted shittake demi-glaze,  Greta’s Fair Haven roasted Gilfeather potato puree, and crispy parsnip.
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Henrietta’s Table (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Wednesday, March 2 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Tickets: $60.00 per ticket (includes tax & gratuity).Tickets must be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victor-hugo-wine-dinner-at-henriettas-table-tickets-21065331975
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London gets Empirical

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London, England — Visitors to London get a special treat this coming week. UK jazz super group For six days, from 22 – 27 February, hot new jazz group Empirical will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground Station and transform the space into a pop-up jazz lounge. Listeners are invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, with late night sessions scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Early birds will also be able to catch an 8 a.m. mid-week performance. All gigs are free of charge. Empirical’s new album, Connection, is due out on March 18 (in the UK).

Take a tour of the newly renovated Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common’s Presidential Suite

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Boston, MA — Just in time for Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays, the Ritz-Carlton gave Hotel Junkie a tour of its reimagined Presidential Suite. Firstly, there is the amazing view, complete with a new coat of snow (above). Then there is a chandelier made of mock bi-focals, recalling the suite’s muse: Benjamin Franklin. (True, Franklin was never a president.)

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Many such fittings are bespoke, including a reading chair and daybed, which is placed for maximum views by the window.

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And get the TV over the tub — every home should have one!

For more information: Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Enjoy the Norman Rockwell Experience with the Red Lion Inn

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Stockbridge, MA — What with all the artifacts, the Red Lion Inn is a veritable art gallery and museum in its own right. Take advantage of the Stockbridge icon’s Norman Rockwell Experience and enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, and two passes to the treasured Norman Rockwell Museum.

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Rates begin at $235 on weekdays and $305 on weekends, per night, inclusive of taxes and meal gratuities. Offer runs through May 26, based on availability. For more information, click here.

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An Ice Castle opens in Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Lincoln, New Hampshire — Just steps away from the Express Inn and Suites… Last weekend, at Lincoln’s famed Hobo Junction,  a fairytale castle of glistening ice was opened to the public. It was hard to say which was more entrancing: the nighttime version with its colorful lighting, or the daylight version with its unique cool blues.Part art installation and part magical space, and painstakingly crafted, it’s a winter delight.

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For more information: icecastles.com

Just Steps away from The Envoy Hotel… The Barking Crab

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Boston, Mass. — Just steps away from The Envoy Hotel, the Barking Crab has graced the Boston Harbor for more than two decades. Who knew this casual seafood restaurant and local bar hang would be one day be surrounded by high end hotels, corporate HQs, and swanky restaurants. As Boston’s harbor is developed further, with new buildings blocking the water views that were wide-open even ten years ago, the Barking Crab is a last bastion of the salty old harbor, where fish catches was once the focus.

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Fresh fish is the name of the game at the Barking Crab: dishes are reasonably priced, simply put together, and cooked with care. Local oysters are always a must-have and the old pot bellied stove turns them into a winter treat.

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The perennial New England favorite, the lobster roll, served with fries, is another popular Barking Crab dish. And, unlike many places in the harbor these days, it is served with a water view.

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The Barking Crab

Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
Website: barkingcrab.com

 

Happy Birthday Catie and Carly Copley

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Boston, Mass. — It might be one of Boston’s most refined and luxurious hotels, but it is also one of the city’s most dog friendly. And, every year in December hotel doggie guests and neighborhood hounds head in to say Happy Birthday to the hotel’s beloved black labs, Catie and Carly. At 14 years old, Catie is in retirement now, but she lit up at being back in the Copley Plaza, where she once graced the lobby as a young lady. Carly, who was adopted from the Animal Rescue League of Boston, now lies in Catie’s bed, keeping up the tradition. The birthday event benefited the ARL via bags of toys and useful pet items brought in by guests. Oh, and the birthday cake made by Boston’s Polka Dog bakery was a huge hit!

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Sage Inn & Lounge’s annual Holly Folly Food Boutique returns

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Provincetown, Massachusetts — On Cape Cod this weekend, the Sage Inn & Lounge’s activities include the annual Holly Folly Food Boutique, Saturday, which will include 15 New England vendors. The hotel’s lounge is also introduce its new winter menu of food and cocktails, and the Calamari Sisters’ Feast of the Seven Fishes  — not food, cabaret! — is running all weekend. For more info: Sage Inn & Lounge

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Providence Biltmore Hotel offers Skate & Stay package

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Providence, RI — Enjoy traditional winter fun at the Providence Biltmore Hotel this upcoming season with the hotel’s Skate & Stay Package. It includes an overnight stay in a newly renovated Junior Suite with two king beds — enough space for the entire family.
The Skate & Stay special also includes admission and skate rentals for four at the popular Providence Rink, located right outside the hotel. and $20 to spend at the hotel’s Starbucks, useful for warming up with hot chocolate and cookies. The package is available through March 5, 2016, weather permitting. Limited availability.

For more info: Providence Biltmore Hotel

Photo Credit: Providence Biltmore Hotel

Loews Hotels helps out with Holiday entertaining

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Something like an advent calendar, Loews Hotels is answering all of your questions about holiday entertaining, and offering remedies for general everyday home-keeping travails, via video how-tos, available every day throughout the month of December. Ever wonder how to make a guest room more welcoming or how to get rid of red wine/coffee stains from your holiday party dress? Maybe your stumped on how to get crayon stains off the wall or floors. Beginning December 1, get tips from hospitality pros at Loews YouTube Channel

 

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

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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.

 

 

Omni Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread Competition has winners

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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

Aha! moment at the Envoy Hotel

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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.

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