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Venture to Dolce CampoReal Lisbon

27 Dec

Dolce Hotels and Resorts, manager of 26 upscale hotels, resorts, and conference centers across North America and Europe, welcomes visitors to its newest establishment, Dolce CampoReal Lisbon. The hotel is a meetings destination and golf resort just outside the Portuguese capital and is just 20 minutes from some of the country’s most beautiful Atlantic beaches. Its location is ideal for a vacation, but the amenities also make it is appropriate for events and conferences. Dolce CampoReal Lisbon is the company’s 7th European venture and is in line with their mission of providing quality lodging with proximity to major cities and airport; it is owned by Discovery Fund.

The hotel is situated in the vineyards of the Estremadura region in the Torres Vedras district just north of Lisbon. It boasts 151 hotel rooms, three restaurants, three lounges, an 18-hole golf course, spa, and fitness and equestrian center, so there truly is something for any guest. Choose from among spacious Deluxe rooms and Suites with separate living rooms, private furnishes terraces, and views of the stunning grounds. There are also rooms for families with children, and even more luxurious options like the Duplex and Royal Suites, which have amenities like fireplaces and personal kitchens.

Dolce CampoReal Lisbon is also ideal for both indoor and outdoor events. The property features 1,925 square meters of conference space through 20 function rooms with a total capacity of up to 500 people. The resort’s main hall is 489 square meters and can be divided into smaller quarters as needed. The restaurants are just as wonderful: a breakfast buffet and dinner are served at Restaurant Manjapeo, traditional Meditteranean cuisine can be found at Grande Escholha, and the Sports Club has specialty food designed for sharing. There are also three bars/lounges, most notably the Library Bar. Additionally, the two-floor Divine Spa includes an herbal steam sauna, Turkish bath, and hydrotherapy pool, while the fitness center is fully equipped with advanced cardio and strength machines, as well as a pool and tennis courts. This winter escape grey New York for sunnier, greener pastures!

Get Served for the US Open

27 Aug

Game, set, match! If you’re looking for places to go and TVs to watch for this year’s US Open, we’ve got you covered.

US Open

Both locations of The Windsor will be airing all the matches on their flat screen TVs, along with food and drink specials. From now until September 9th, the upscale sports bar and restaurant will be offering a daily special of a complimentary drink with your entree. Additionally, on August 31st and September 1st, any entree plus two brunch cocktails will be just $20!

Gansevoort Hotel Group is offering an exclusive ‘Get Served’ package at Gansevoort Meatpacking and Gansevoort Park Avenue in partnership with Lacoste so you can enjoy the games in style. The package is valid from August 23rd through September 10th, with rates starting at $424. The package includes two monogrammed US Open Lacoste polos, 20% off Lacoste discount cards, two Gansevoort caps, Gansevoort tennis balls with a purple sharpie for autographs, a Gansevoort windbreak, compact binoculars and a Gansevoort seat cushion. Go get it!

Looking to get out of the city? JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is the perfect place to play like the pros. Voted #1 tennis resort in the world for instruction and tennis programmed, this resort is situated in one of California’s most picturesque communities. The resort features 20 tennis courts, including 15 hard surface courts, 3 clay courts and two stadium grass courts. Take advantage of their ‘Play Like The Pros’ package, with rates starting at $349 per night based on double occupancy. The package includes breakfast daily in Rockwood Grill, one clinic plus on 30 minute private lesson per person per day, one hour of court time per room per day, Tennis for Life DVD, $100 resort credit per night (golf, spa or dining), and healthy amenity turndown first night. You’ll be playing like Serena in no time!

Grace Bay Club Offers Amazing 20th Anniversary Special

23 Jul

Grace Bay ClubThe Grace Bay Club, located on Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, is celebrating its 20th anniversary! In honor of this milestone, the club is offering its grandest package yet, The Ultimate 20th Anniversary Experience, through December 4, 2014. The $100,000 price tag buys a 4-day, 3-night stay in a luxurious Villa Penthouse Suite, with the opportunity to take advantage of 20 experiences emblematic of the luxury of Turks and Caicos, such as a 20-course tasting dinner, 20-image session with a photographer, or private helicopter tour of the area’s top 20 attractions. Guests are by no means confined to the activities suggested by the club; rather, they are encouraged to customize their experience based on their own preferences. Those seeking a relaxing weekend can go to the on-site Anani Spa or drink a vintage glass of wine on the 11-acre, award-winning beach; if looking to party, guests can take a private boat to nearby Iguana Island and dance under the stars.

Other possibilities include, but are not limited to:Grace Bay Club

-Signature cocktails handcrafted daily by the resort’s master mixologist

-A 20-minute facial and massage before dinner on the first night

-A 20-year-old vintage wine hand-selected for dinner that evening

-A personalized shopping experience with complimentary champagne and free shipping back home, plus 20% off any purchases made at the Grace Bay Club boutique

-Private boat excursion to Iguana Island for a sunset island party with 20-person Junkanoo train, flight of 20 rums, 20-course tasting dinner prepared by Chef Frank, 20 rotating DJs, etc.

-Private chef on call

Those who purchase the 20th anniversary package will have access to the VIP lounge and all VIP services, including fast track airport check-in and security service. Also included are the amenities offered to all Villa Penthouse guests, such as personal concierge service with a cell phone, full daily breakfasts and afternoon tea, water sports activities, and an on-site Kids Town program.

Terms & Conditions:
Valid for travel through Dec 4, 2014, subject to availability, may not be combined with any other promotional offer, blackout dates apply, 2013: Jul 4–6, Nov 27-30, Dec 19–31 | 2014: Jan 1-4, Feb 6-22, Mar 7-29, Apr 11-20, Nov 26-29, additional blackouts may be imposed by the hotel at any time, promotion may be cancelled at any time. Offer valid for up to 6 persons – 50% deposit required at time of booking, balance due 60 days prior to arrival, cancellation penalty is 25% up to 60 days prior, 75% after that 100% non-refundable for no-show.

Summer’s Best Travel Deals, Near and Far

28 Jun

If you’re anything like me, and every other New Yorker I know, the thought of spending most summer weekends in the city is nothing short of anxiety provoking. With excessive heat literally oozing from every building in existence and no way to hit the beach without the hideous traffic or too-uncomfortable-for-words subway ride in beach gear, staying organized and well-informed about any potential vacations can feel like a full time job.

Luckily for you, the sun’s permanent presence these days has heightened my vacation wishes and led to this elongated round-up of the summer’s best travel plans. For some, a getaway might simply mean a hotel in a different neighborhood than yours. Others may fantasize about another USA locale or a beautiful Caribbean beach. And the real big dreamers (with big paychecks) think Europe. Well, there is something for everyone this summer so let’s start with the east coast and work our way towards your Italian ambitions.

Nashville, TN

Nashville

Nashville is the perfect in-country getaway! Walk the same halls where Elvis recorded, visit the Grand Ole Opry where Cash sang, or have a beer and a burger at the famous honky tonks. Plus, the city’s versatility makes it an obvious choice for any last minute trip; you can go for two days or two weeks, and there are different attractions suitable for a girls’ weekend, guys’ getaway or a family vacation.

It’s pretty hard to choose my favorite part about Nashville, and with the All Access Pass, you won’t have to make that tryingly difficult choice either. For $50, you can choose 4 must-see attractions from a long list of activities. Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and grab a back stage tour at the Grand Ole Opry. Or, travel off the beaten path and sip wine at the beautiful Belle Mead Plantation and soak in the southern-ness with a Redneck Comedy Tour. Visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/tripplanning/vacationpackages to combine this All Access Pass with a hotel, or find another vacation package to suit your Deep South desires.

St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida

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The 35-mile stretch of beach between St. Pete and Clearwater has broken Guinness World Records for consecutive days of sun and was recently noticed by tripadvisor.com as home to four of the best beaches in the US. And despite this natural draw for visitors, they only seem to be heightening their desirability with the “100 Days of Summer” campaign.

They’ve not only provided a day-by-day calendar with events like hang gliding, sky surfing, and a series of concerts by famed musicians Billy Idol, Martina McBride and Carly Rae Jepsen (to name a few), but they are also offering resort and hotel deals averaging 23 percent less than their peak March rates. Just a 30 minute drive from Tampa International Airport and home to the highly distinguished Dali Museum, this neighborhood as been beloved by families, friends and honeymooners alike as a prime vacation spot.

The amazing deals being offered include romantic bed and breakfasts with champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries, hotels with unlimited water sports, complimentary nights at resorts and even an “MLB Pitcher’s Package.” To find out what exactly a pitcher’s package includes and to view a full list of their many lodging deals, visit http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/deals.

Caribbean

“Aruba, Jamaica, ooo I wanna take you to Bermuda, Bahama…” Ok, I don’t actually personally want to take you, but put that song on, whip yourself up a daiquiri and get ready for these amazing Caribbean vacation deals!

Aruba

Just like the song, let’s start with Aruba. The Hyatt Regency Aruba is celebrating their location outside the hurricane belt as hurricane season sets in with a variety of special deals, starting with rates as low as $350. Plus, guests booking their vacation this summer get the fifth night free! Families who need two rooms need not fret either, as the Hyatt’s special package also gives 50% off an additional room for children 18 years old or under.

Even better than the low rates is what you get to do once you’re there! Enjoy the resort’s multi-level pool complex with its’ three-story waterslide, water sports like scuba diving and snorkeling, or the on-site casino. Mexicado, Aruba’s first authentic Mexican restaurant just opened on-site and the recently revealed 5,200 square-foot ZoiA Spa features indoor and outdoor luxurious spa treatments. And of course, every vacation requires a swim-up bar. Or they should. The Hyatt Regency doesn’t disappoint with its recently renovated Balashi Bar, located in the complex’s three-story pool.

Puerto Rico

You’ve heard of restaurant week–the best of all weeks, in my own personal opinion. But now there seems to be competition with the First Annual Hotel Week Caribe. The same people who brought you January’s Hotel Week NYC are now presenting 40% off lodging deals in Puerto Rico from August 1- 31, 2013. The rates will be based on a tier system, with prices of $100, $150, $200, or $250. See full rates and contact details below:

HOTEL LOCATION RATE* PHONE NUMBER/ WEB SITE/HOW TO BOOK
Condado Palm Inn & Suites San Juan, PR $100 787-721-9500, mention “Hotel Week” for special rate
Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde San Juan, PR $150 www.marriott.com/sjuiv, use promo code “FLP” for special rate or call 1-800-791-2553
Doubletree San Juan San Juan, PR $150 Use  booking code “PK9” online at https://secure.hilton.com/en/dt/res/choose_dates.jhtml?spec_plan_desc=Hotel%20Week%20Caribe&spec_plan=LDTPK9&hotel=SJUDTDT
CopamarinaBeach Resort & Spa Guanica, PR $150 1-800-468-4553, mention “Hotel Week” for special rate
La Concha, A Renaissance Resort San Juan, PR $200 www.laconcharesort.com/puerto-rico-vacation-deals-en.html or call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for special rate
El Convento Old San Juan, PR $250 787-723-9020, mention “Hotel Week” for special rate

“Better Tomorrows” Escapes: Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Bahamas and St. John

Aruba

If you’re looking for alternative Caribbean locales, or the specific hotels above aren’t your brand of sunscreen, have no fear because there are vacation deals to spare. In celebration of June being National Outdoors Month, the Starwood Caribbean Hotels and Resorts are offering 40% off every other night you stay at one of their participating hotels. Plus, nightly rates are as low as $157. Here is a list of participating hotels and their individuals perks:

  • Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino
    • Located in the heart of San Juan, step from the antique cobblestone streets
    • Keep your heart rate pumping with San Juan’s “Rent the Bicycle” and travel the city’s historic streets via one of the many bike tours, with stops along the city’s iconic Spanish forts and Atlantic coast
    • Book nightly rates starting at $157 through www.sheratonpuertoricohotelcasino.com, or by calling 1-800-325-3535 and mentioning the promotion code “ZB4”  Additional details can also be found at facebook.com/Sheraton.Puerto.Rico.Convention.District or @SheratonPR
  • Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort & Casino
    • Located on Cable Beach in the Bahamas
    • Their complimentary water sports include kayaking, windsurfing , and water biking
    •  Guests can live on the wild side with the property’s “Shark Dive Adventure”- professional shark caretakers bring guests on two separate underwater dives and teach the divers how to feed and swim with wild sharks
    • Slightly less heart-racing, but still exciting adventures are offered through the hotel’s “Dolphin Encounters”
    • This Better Tomorrows offer starts as low as $179 per night and also includes the 40% off for additional nights special through August 15, 2013
    • Book this deal online atwww.sheratonnassau.com, or by calling 1-888-627-7812 and mentioning the promotion code “ZB4.” Additional details can also be found at www.facebook.com/SheratonNassau or on Twitter @SheratonNassau
  • W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island
    • The hotel caters to adventure-seekers, offering guests every island adventure, from snorkeling and kayaks to bicycles and diving tours
    • Book this “Better Tomorrows” package and receive 40% off an additional night for every night booked at a regular rate
    • Rates start as low as $329 a night through August, 2013
    • Book at www.wvieques.com, or call 1-787-741-4100 and mention the promotion code “ZB4.” Additional information can be found atfacebook.com/WVieques or on Twitter @W_Vieques
  • The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto
    • Located at the foot of El Yunque National Rainforest, the property is a nature-filled complex with hiking trails and nature walks offered daily
    • Bike and kayak rentals are complimentary and can be used to see the entire reserve
    • An on-property golf course and vast tennis facilities offer plenty of options for the athletic travelers
    • The hotel’s “Suite Luxury” package starts at rates of $730 per night and guest will also receive 40% off their second night
    • Book online at atwww.stregisbahiabeach.com, or by calling 1-787-809-8000 and mentioning the promotion code “ZB4.”  Additional information can be found at facebook.com/stregisbahiabeach or @StRegisBB
  • The Westin St. John Resort & Villas
    • Located on 47 tropical acres of the U.S. Virgin Islands, directly on the Great Cruz Bay
    •  All non-motorized sports are complimentary for guests and the on-bay location is perfect for boating excursion, snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, and fishing
    • Their “Spring into Giving Back” program offers complimentary transfers to the Virgin Islands Nation Park, a forest that comprises 2/3 of the island. Guests can choose to volunteer at the park for half a day and receive a $100 resort credit in return for the philanthropy
    • Guests booking the “Better Tomorrows” package will receive 40% an additional night for every night booked at a regular rate and nightly rates start at $309
    • Book at www.westinresortstjohn.com, or by calling 1-340-693-8000 and mention the promotion code “ZB4.”  Additional details can also be found at facebook.com/WestinStJohn
  • The Westin Resort & Casino, Aruba
    • Located on Palm Beach, this resort offers countless summertime fun including deep sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling
    • Three-mile Complimentary bike tours are offered to all guests and held every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 – 10am
    • The Westin Resort & Casino boasts an 8,600 sq. ft. free-form swimming pool and offers nighttime fun for the whole family, with events like “Movie Nights by the Pool” or Stargazing
    • Guests booking the “Better Tomorrows” package will receive 40% off an additional night for every night booked at a regular rate and rates start as low as $199 nightly through December 20th, 2013
    • Book online at www.westinaruba.com, or by calling 1-877-782-0149 and mentioning the promotion code “ZB4.”  Additional details can also be found at facebook.com/WestinAruba or on Twitter @WestinAruba

St. Petersburg, Russia

Take a serious step into luxury with Rocco Forte’s Hotel Astoria brand new 35,000 square feet Czar Suite. With views over looking the breathtaking St. Isaac’s Square and just steps from so many iconic St. Petersburg attractions, the Czar Suite is a once in a lifetime experience. Its remodeling, in celebration of the hotel’s 100th birthday, has combined the ancient history of the city with the edginess of its people. With antique decorative pieces dating back to President Putin’s Konstantinovsky Palace in 1912 to dramatic black and white opera prints displayed throughout the room, this 6th floor suite also includes:

  • Lounge overlooking St. Isaac’s Square
  • Library stocked with over 300 Russian classics
  • Fully-equipped kitchen and bar area and a dining room seating up to 16 guests that can also be converted into a board room
  • Gym with dedicated treatment area
  • Bedroom with dedicated dressing area and double walk-in wardrobe
  • Marble bathroom with double shower and flat screen TV
  • Interconnecting sliding doors

Needless to say, the Hotel Astoria can feel more like a lush home than a temporary hotel room. Plus, their 50 newly renovated junior suites guarantee you’ll find something to fit your taste. Let’s not forget about their highly refurbished restaurant and bar, whose food is overseen by celebrated chef Aram Mnatsakanov and plush décor is ridden with photographs of 60s and 70s-era musicians. So it’s really not a question of whether you should go or not, but rather a decision of if you want to leave the hotel at all once you get there.

Italy

Italy

Who doesn’t dream of fresh mozzarella, sailing the Mediterranean, designer clothing and lush hotels? I’m sure there are people who don’t, but certainly no one I want to know, because these images are the very pieces of my travel yearnings. And for those of you with equally high standards, Italy is offering insanely unique opportunities to fulfill these exact vacation fantasies with an unmatchable amount of flair.

Food:

Pair that fresh mozz with pheasant or boar caught by you on a hunting excursion at Ville Le Rose. The fresh game is then prepared by a renowned chef at the 15-century villa, where dinner is followed by a private tour around the property’s winery. Book your catch-and-it-eat it getaway at http://www.lungarnocollection.com/en/the-collection/florence/villa-le-rose/.

Or, hunt for truffles at Milan’s Hotel Principe di Savoia. Follow the hotel experts and their sidekick truffle-hunting dogs to uncover the culinary treasure, and enjoy a four-course lunch comprised of those very same self-caught delicacies. Missing out on anything with truffles is pure travesty, so make sure you get yours right from the source at http://www.hotelprincipedisavoia.com/EN/hotel-milan

Explore:

Tuscany’s new Swan 90 Solleone sailing yacht carries you and three friends through the Mediterranean with a fresh feast made of local seafood and wine. The waters await at http://www.lungarnocollection.com/en/the-collection/tuscany/swan-sailing-yacht/the-world-of-nautors-swan/swan-90-s-solleone-mediterranean.html.

Or visit http://www.cwadventure.com/ to travel the country’s back roads and antique streets with a self-guided cycling adventure.

Fashion:

It is often said that fashion is art and if anything proves that true, it’s the Ferragamo Creations. Visit http://www.lungarnocollection.com/suites-collection/ferragamos-creations.html to see how you can relish in the collection’s beauty and bring home some of the iconic items for yourself.

Hotel Principe Di Savoia is a fashionistas heaven, with private tours and luncheon at Versace, Valentino and Gucci. See the fantastic fashion details at http://www.hotelprincipedisavoia.com/EN/hotel-milan.

Luxury Lodgings:

Hotel Punta Tragara is the last cliff-side villa in Capri and provides guests with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. If that alone doesn’t convince you to book your trip, this 1920s villa has hosted Frank Sinatra, Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower. Let’s be honest, if it’s good enough for them, it’s probably good enough for you. Follow in the steps of these classy men at http://www.hoteltragara.com/en/

If you’re more tough-guy than classy man, visit one of the largest gladiator arenas while staying at Hotel Palazzo Manfredi. The hotel is located on the same ruins that held the ancient games and visitors can still see the original gladiator barracks on-site. Discover the Russell Crowe within you at http://www.palazzomanfredi.com/en/.

The best part of Europe (after the food, of course) is its history. Indulge in Naple’s historic side with a night or two at its’ 9th Century Hotel Caesar Augustus, which also conveniently offers panoramic views of the Bay of Naples. It’s regal design and luxurious updates will make any visitor feel like a member of royalty. Put your tiara on and book a trip at http://www.caesar-augustus.com/.

Now that we’ve got you covered this summer the only question is, which vacation will you choose?

Star Spangled Vacations

25 Jun

Planning your 4th of July weekend can be stressful. Many places book up fast and cost quite a pretty penny. Nix the at-home barbeque and do something nice for yourself this holiday weekend!

Scottsdale

Looking for a hot getaway? Check in to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona, for its third annual ‘Fourth of July Freedom Fest,’ taking place July 4-7th. Room rates for this fun-filled weekend start at just $179 per night and AAA members receive a 10% discount. Check out their Sip, Savor & Splash Package ($189/night), which includes a daily $50 resort credit, concerts, fireworks and any complimentary resort activities, with late check-out available until 2pm. Guests can partake in fun festivities on the Princess Lagoon Lawn, July 4-6, while they enjoy tribute concerts, sky divers, and fireworks, with each beginning with a Presentation of the Colors in a joint effort by the Army, Air Force, and Arizona Naval Sea Cadets. Additionally, on the holiday, Specialist First Class Josh Bullis of the US Army, a triple amputee, will be presented with a iBOT Mobility System. A portion of the proceeds from every vacation package during the Freedom Fest will benefit the Arizona branch of EANGUS and Friends of Freedom.

Rittenhouse

Get to know your country’s birthplace a little bit better by spending your holiday weekend at The Rittenhouse, located on historic Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The ideal location of the iconic hotel will make it easy for you to check out amazing historic landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. Additionally, the hotel is nearing the completion of a huge renovation, which includes expanded Tea Service in the hotel’s Mary Cassatt Tea Room and the debut of The Library Bar, which will offer beer, wine and cocktails, along with complementary small plates. Rates start at $224.

Otesaga

Another all-American vacation destination is Cooperstown, New York, complete with baseball, breweries, and historic hotels. Otesaga Resort Hotel is offering an amazing deal for those wishing to celebrate in style. All weekend long, you can enjoy summer in their outdoor heated pool, canoe on Lake Otesaga, play golf, enjoy delicious meals and a spectacular fireworks display. Their 4th of July weekend special includes a traditional guest room, breakfast for each guest for each night’s stay, a manager’s cocktail reception on the evening of July 5th, fireworks on July 6th, fun activities for the kids, lawn games, classic movies, a historic tour of The Otesaga, cocktail demonstrations, live music, dancing and more! To partake in the festivities, you must book at least a two night stay. Room rates start at $399 per night.

Charles Hotel

Last, but not least, The Charles Hotel in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a fantastic location for any American looking for a getaway. The hotel is offering amazing special rates starting at $199 per night, from June 30-July 7th. While you are vacationing, you can enjoy a historic stroll along the Freedom Trail, watch fireworks on the esplanade, take a ride on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes or enjoy a great meal outdoors at Henrietta’s Table. Use the code JULY13 to book your stay.


 

Hlemmur Square Opens in Iceland

21 Jun

Let’s face it: summer in the concrete jungle is tough. Sweltering subway stations, cramped apartments and limited pool options beckon a vacation to somewhere far away with a cool breeze and cooler culture.

Enter Iceland’s Hlemmur Square, a new hotel in Reykjavik from European hotelier Klaus Ortlieb (Claridge’s in London, The Gotham Hotel in New York City, The Hotel Modern in New Orleans) that combines affordable and chic hostel rooms with luxury hotel accommodations under one roof.

Hlemmur Square

The hotel was named for the central meeting spot that once served as a watering hole for travelers and their horses. Built in the 1930s, the five-story building embraces modern design elements while maintaining the historical relevance behind its title.

Bonus: most of the hotel rooms feature balconies where guests can take in the surrounding scenery—which most likely beats your current view of the neighbor’s fire escape.

Hlemmur Square, Laugavegur 105, 105 Reykjavik, Iceland
Rooms are available now at special preview rates and the full opening is slated for late summer.

Downton Abbey Getaways on Both Sides of the Atlantic

13 Jun

If you are one of millions of viewers who have been swept away with the parlor room drama and torrid romances of Downton Abbey, you might be suffering from withdrawal after the dramatic end to last season. Unfortunately, the fourth season will not premiere stateside until January, which leaves fans with six months worth of Sunday nights without the Crawleys. Surviving until the winter might just be easier with these Downton-inspired getaways:

For a luxurious vacation, Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel is already an ideal option, but for those feeling nostalgic, it is even better. In celebration of its 175th anniversary, the hotel is offering a Highclere Castle Vintage British Summer Day Package, which gives guests the opportunity to venture to Highclere Castle, the primary filming location of Downton Abbey, in their choice of stylish vintage automobile from Lords Cars. After spending the day basking in the gorgeous estate and grounds, guests will return to the hotel and enjoy a “Timeless” cocktail at the Donovan Bar, and then perhaps curl up with their free copy of Lady Carnarvon’s Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey. This package is available from Sunday to Thursday between July 14th and September 12th, 2013, with rates starting at $1100 per night for two people.

Another option at Brown’s is the Vintage British Summer Suite Package, which includes:
-4 nights accommodation in a suite
-Complimentary one-way airport transfer in a vintage Daimler Limousine
-Daily breakfast for two at HIX Mayfair
This is available between July 15th and September 8th, 2013, with rooms starting at $770 per night for two people in a Junior Suite.

 

If interested in seeing the actual village of Downton, take a day trip to Bampton in Oxfordshire, just two hours from London. As a result of its newfound fame, the town has a website with a thorough account of its unique history and culture. Spending a day walking through the streets where Lady Sybil got hurt during a political rally or seeing Matthew and Isobel’s cottage is sure to please any Downton fan, and the town itself has a number of events around which it might be fun to plan a visit. Most notable of these is the Gardening Club Annual Show in August, reminiscent of the competitions seen on Downton Abbey (will Lady Violet win again this year?).

 

For those willing to travel a little further north in the United Kingdom, Scotland’s Inveraray Castle is not to be missed. Fans will recognize it as the home of Lord Grantham’s cousin, Shrimpie, and the site of the season three finale. The manor is located in Argyll, about sixty miles northwest of Glasgow, and is already a great attraction because of its 60,000-acre span of green and gardens. During the warmer months, guests pay $15.50 for access to the grounds and castle.

Much, much closer to home is Lady Mendl’s Tea Salon at The Inn at Irving Place, located in one of the most picturesque corners of Manhattan. The lush, extravagant interiors will transport visitors to the time of Downton Abbey and further back into the 1800s. For $40, guests can enjoy a five-course afternoon tea menu comprised of finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jams, and choose from an array of fine teas. Reservations are required, so call ahead!

For a day trip, Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown cannot be beat. After a scenic forty-five minute ride up the Hudson on Metro-North, enjoy the Victorian Gothic architecture and interiors of Lyndhurst. The sixty-seven acres surrounding the mansion are great for picnicking or walking along the river, and it is easy to understand why Jay Gould, one of the most hated men during his lifetime, chose it as his retreat from society. Much like Lady Cora, Gould’s daughter, Anna, took her wealth to Europe and married a European aristocrat (or two, if you want to get specific). Entrance to the grounds is $12 and tours of the mansion take place hourly for $14.

Happy travels!

Unique Vacation Deals at Boston’s Beautiful Waterfront

7 Jun

As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, we know you’re itching for a getaway. But if you’re as unlucky as so many other New Yorkers, your vacay days or paydays at work are running thin. So instead of drowning your sorrows in the idea of a potentially vacation-less summer, consider saving the French Riviera and Caribbean cruise until things pick up again, and book yourself a fantastic mini-trip up the east coast to Boston, Massachusetts.

Boston’s history, diversely delicious cuisine, and something-for-everyone nightlife make it an amazing city to explore regardless of the season. However, it also has a surprising number of summer activities to give you that sunny glow you’re day dreaming about from inside your cubicle right now. The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel seems to be thinking the same way, as it is now offering two exciting options for summer travelers.

Rennaissance Boston

If you love the idea of taking in the city’s highlights, but despise the traditional sweaty tour guide route for doing so, or have ever really wanted to be a contestant on the Amazing Race, the Summer Scavengers package is perfect for you. This deal includes a scavenger hunt via virtual app that leads visitors to prime waterfront attractions, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Boston Harbor Islands. Plus, like any good scavenger hunt, on-site challenges will pop up to provide a unique and genuine Boston experience.

In addition to the app and participation in the hunt, here is what else you will get with this package:

•   Deluxe overnight accommodations

•   Breakfast buffet for two at 606 Congress, to fuel up for an action-packed day

•   Personal assistance by the Renaissance Navigator to set up SCVNGR trek app

•   Complimentary use of the hotel’s health club and lap pool

Rates for the Scavenger Package start at $259 per night and reservations can be made at www.RenaissanceBoston.com (enter promotional code YX1) or by calling 1-800-HOTELS1 and asking for the Summer Scavengers package.

Bike Boston

For those who want to enjoy Boston’s waterfront sites with a side of exercise, take a look at the hotel’s Bike Boston Package. Following the Boston Harbor Walk’s path, pedal your way to countless iconic stops, such as the beyond-cool New England Aquarium and beautiful Charlestown Navy Yard.

With this package, you will receive:

•   Deluxe overnight accommodations

•   Bike rentals arranged by the Renaissance Navigator

•   Biker’s Booty Power Pack, filled with bottled water & house-made energy bars

•   Map of Boston’s “Summer on the Waterfront” trail

•   Complimentary use of health club and lap pool for post-bike relaxation

The Bike Boston package starts at $239 per night. Make your reservations at www.RenaissanceBoston.com (promotional code ZJL), or by calling 1-800-HOTELS1 and asking for the Bike Boston package.

With views of Boston’s beautiful and bustling harbor, this waterfront hotel makes you forget you’re in a city at all and these unique opportunities to explore are not to be missed. For both packages, keep in mind that the price does not include tax, parking or gratuities.  This promotion ends September 1, 2013 and is not valid for groups of 10 or more.  Remember, blackout dates may apply and three-day advance reservations are required so give them a call today to book your trip!