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Where to Stay for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C.

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Cherry blossoms in Washington DCSpring can't come soon enough. Thankfully the National Cherry Blossom Festival-- the festive harbinger of spring-- is right around the corner in Washington D.C. (Events will run from March 27-April 11; the average peak bloom date is April 4.) In past years, we've seen hotels in the nation's capital fete the occasion in a big way with cherry blossom cocktails and scented massages, served with a side of chocolate-covered cherries. Not to mention agreeable room rates with cherry blossom-themed packages. What's on for this year? The prestigious Hay-Adams Hotel, which just opened a state-of-the-art fitness facility, is giving out cherry blossom amenities, free parking, and full American breakfast with the Cherry Blossom Package (priced from $449 per night).

Park Hyatt Washington DCWashington's sleek Park Hyatt– stylishly designed by Tony Chi– is offering a Spring Blossom Package so you can embrace the season of renewal. Priced from $349, the package includes a complimentary upgrade to a Park Deluxe Room, a pot of Cherry Blossom Green Tea from the hotel's rare and vintage selection, a children's surprise backpack filled with sightseeing supplies to explore the cherry blossoms, and a choice of Valet Parking for the length of stay or Continental Breakfast Table for two.

St Regis Washington DCMeanwhile the St. Regis is giving away Jake Raj's Cherry Blossoms book, a cherry blossom delicacy, Parisian Breakfast for two adults (served in the award-winning Adour restaurant), and complimentary overnight valet parking with their Spring Traditions package, priced from $375.

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin at the Westbury Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Westbury Hotel, DublinSt. Patrick's Day is right around the corner and where better to celebrate than Dublin? The city will be host to all sorts of mischief and merry-making: comedy, music, film, cultural events, and family-friendly activities, to boot. To quote the official website: "St. Patrick's Festival is rolling out the green carpet for six days for an Irish celebration of monumental proportions... Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2010, St. Patrick's Festival brings the nation alive, and promises six lively days and nights of free celebrations and encompasses a feeling of what it means to be or just feel Irish."

Westbury Hotel, DublinBest of all: The St. Patrick's Day parade, which happens to be just a short stroll away from The Westbury Hotel, the place to stay while in town. Situated just off Grafton Street in the heart of town, The Westbury offers a luxurious and stylish five star experience that raises the bar in Dublin. Book the "Stay Irish" package at The Westbury and become part of the city-wide celebrations. Priced from €299 and available from March 14-17, 2010, the package includes:

* Overnight stay in a superior bedroom in The Westbury Hotel

* Breakfast in Wilde-The Restaurant

* Two pints of Guinness in The Marble Bar

* Dinner for two in Cafe Novo

Another Las Vegas Temptation: Garth Brooks Unveils New Dates

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Garth Brooks in Las VegasAs if the discounted hotel rates weren't reason enough to indulge in some Vegas frolicking, we just learned that Garth Brooks has revealed a new set of dates for his Las Vegas residency. Lest we forget: The man came out of retirement for this gig! Catch it while you can. The country star plays four shows on weekends at the Wynn Las Vegas. He'll finish up the current schedule (Feb 26-28, March 26-28, April 9-11) then take off the month of May. He'll return to the Encore Theatre June 25-27, July 16-18 and August 6-8.

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Pig out at Cochon 555, a Creative Culinary Experience, at Boston’s Liberty Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Liberty Hotel, BostonThe talked-about Liberty Hotel is the Boston venue for the 2010 US tour of COCHON 555, a not-to-be-missed culinary experience featuring five chefs, five winemakers, and five pigs. SF Weekly calls it "a touring porcine bacchanalia-slash-competition" and Food + Wine magazine exclaims, "Over 300 pounds of porktastic goodness!" A tribute to heritage breeds, local chefs, and family-owned wineries, COCHON 555 will bring together New England's celebrated chefs who each prepare a heritage hog from head to toe in a friendly competition. The winner, crowned "Prince of Porc," is judged on creativity, utilization, and overall best flavor. Join the fun at The Liberty Hotel on March 28th by booking the special COCHON 555 overnight package, including accommodations, two tickets to COCHON 555, and a signed hardcover copy of Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine and Some Great Ways to Cook Them by Peter Kaminisky. This package is available March 27th and 28th, 2010.

Destination Switzerland: Don’t Miss Carnival in Basel, Stay at Les Trois Rois

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Grand Hotel Les Trois RoisIf you're in Switzerland for the cold and dreary month of February, stick around for the Carnival of Basel, the biggest carnival in Switzerland, and a festive one at that. Think crazy, colorful costumes, parades, music and confetti-throwing galore. Starting on the Monday after Ash Wednesday (February 22, 2010) at 4 a.m., the festivities of Basler Fasnacht last three full days and "turn the town upside down." Talk about a cure for the winter blues. Shack up at Les Trois Rois, the city's elegant grand hotel, by taking advantage of the Carnival Package. The concierge will give you the scoop on where to go to find the best music concerts, the procession and the "Schnitzelbänken" (satirical entertainment). Here's what's included in the package:

* Two nights in a luxurious room or suite

* Lavish breakfast buffet or continental breakfast in your room

* Morgestraich Morgestraich refreshments at the Hotel drey Waggis

* A golden "Blaggedde" (carnival badge)

Priced from CHF 810 in a Junior Room.

Superb Singapore: Exciting New Offers from The Fullerton Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fullerton Hotel, SingaporeJetting to Singapore for the Lunar New Year celebrations? The historic Fullerton Hotel-- the landmark perched on the banks of the Singapore River-- is fêting the arrival of spring with a bevy of packages sure to delight everyone-- from gourmands (who will love the Chocolate Buffet at The Courtyard) to spa-seekers (who will find their bliss at The Asian Spa). And for those sun-worshippers among you, what could be better than catching some rays next to the famous infinity pool overlooking the river? Here's the skinny on the new packages:

The Lunar New Year Room Package, priced from S$308 per night, includes accommodation in a cozy Courtyard room, a turn-down surprise, American buffet breakfast for two at Town Restaurant and complimentary late check-out til 6 pm. This room package is valid from February 6 - 22, coinciding perfectly with the city's spectacular festivities for Chinese New Year (the fireworks display at Marina Bay will be on February 12 and 13 while the River Hong Bao Festival runs from February 12-20.)

The Fullerton, SingaporeThe Chingay Room Package, valid for check-in on February 18 only, includes two tickets to the awesome night parade on February 19, when glittering floats and sequined costumes dazzle visitors at the Parade of Dreams. The two-night package includes accommodation in a Courtyard room at S$338 per night, American buffet breakfast for two at Town Restaurant, complimentary room upgrade, complimentary late check-out till 3 pm and a delicious afternoon tea at The Courtyard for two persons per stay.

In Singapore for Valentine's Day? The Fullerton's got you covered in the romance department. Book the Valentine's Day package, valid from February 12-14, and you'll get accommodations in an elegant Quay room at S$438 per night, American buffet breakfast for two at Town Restaurant, a bottle of house wine or bouquet of flowers, selection of bubble bath and candles, in-room four-course set dinner for two as well as a complimentary pair of bathrobes as a gift.

Lady Gaga at Miami’s Fontainebleau: The Biggest New Year’s Eve Party in the Country

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

The Fontainebleau Resort, MiamiLeave it to Miami's Fontainebleau Resort to host the party of the year for New Year's Eve. Since it reopened at the end of last year after a $1 billion renovation, the glamorous hotel has been drawing the crowds to its restaurant, club, and hot pool scene. Now the press is reporting that Lady Gaga's NYE concert at The Fontainebleau is the "hottest ticket in the country"-- with more than $1 million in tickets already sold and the few remaining tix going for $425 and up. And if you wanted to snag a table? Plan to shell out a cool $25,000.

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Making Merry at The Peninsula Bangkok: Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea and Festive Cuisine

By: Mary Winston Nicklin



The Peninsula Bangkok


Get merry in Bangkok this month, traditionally the most colorful and vibrant month of the year. The Peninsula Bangkok is going all out in the holiday spirit department with a slew of festive celebrations and activities. There's the Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea, a kid's favorite, served around the gorgeous Christmas tree in the lobby. While feasting on fine pastries and chocolates, you'll enjoy panoramic views of the Chao Phraya river. The holiday menu is just as enticing, topped off by a New Year's Eve extravaganza with music performed by a live orchestra and famous Thai singers. Did we mention the riverside fireworks display? Current specials at The Peninsula Bangkok include the Winter Escapes Package-- featuring special room rates plus value-added benefits included-- and The Suite Life-- offering a second night free when you book a suite.

The Polar Express in New York with The Plaza Hotel

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Eloise at The PlazaWhat better place to be than New York for the holidays? Glittering with Christmas lights and full of excitement (not to mention the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree), the city embodies the holiday spirit. Bring your kids to Manhattan to experience the magic, and don't miss the New York Pop's performance of The Polar Express at Carnegie Hall. Check into the legendary Plaza Hotel, Eloise's old haunt, and take advantage of a special Polar Express holiday package to celebrate the favorite children's tale. The Carnegie Hall Polar Express at The Plaza package includes luxurious accommodations in a guestroom or suite, premium seating for up to four to The New York Pop's performance of The Polar Express at Carnegie Hall, a copy of the Polar Express 25th Anniversary Edition Book, and holiday hot chocolate and cookies. Rates from $969, based on occupancy up to four. The package is available for booking now through December 9, 2009 for stays on December 19, 2009.

The Return of Garth Brooks: Shows at The Wynn Las Vegas

By: Mary Winston Nicklin

Garth BrooksLast week country star Garth Brooks announced that he's coming out of retirement to perform a series of shows at the Danny Gans Theater at Steve Wynn's casino resort in Las Vegas. According to the USA Today, tickets for the first show (December 11th) will go on sale on October 24h at 8 a.m. Price tag: $125. With this series of weekend shows in 2010, Brooks will no doubt draw the crowds back to Sin City. After all, the country king "passed Elvis Presley to become the top-selling solo artist in U.S. history in 2007."

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