May 22, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Watch the Red Sox play a home game at Fenway Park and stay at the elegant Hotel Commonwealth, located on Boston's new Kenmore Square. With the Baseball in Boston Package, guests enjoy deluxe accommodations for two, full breakfast at Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, valet parking, use of Fitness Studio and DVD library, and your choice of Red Sox tickets (purchased separately). Stay in the Fenway Room-- pictured at right-- and enjoy a direct view of Fenway Park. Available through the 2007 season; a 72 hour cancellation policy applies when booking this package.
May 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Plan a summer escape to the heart of the Wild West at Snake River Lodge and Spa, located in Teton Village, Wyoming, at the base of Jackson Hotel Mountain Resort. Awarded AAA four diamonds, the resort is surrounding by the spectacular Gros Ventre Mountain Range. The resort offers a plethora of year-round activities, ideal for the whole family to discover the rugged beauty of the American West. With the Family Float and National Park Package, enjoy the resort's excellent facilities (including the spa and renowned Gamefish restaurant) while exploring the nearby National Parks. Available until September 29, 2007, the three-night package includes one guided scenic float trip for a family of four, one "America the Beautiful" National Park Pass (valid for one year), one boxed lunch for four, and breakfast buffet for the whole family, in addition to the accommodations in a Two-Bedroom Suite. Starting from $1,088 for a family for four; three night stay required.
May 14, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Historic Old Quebec, a United Nations World Heritage Site, is distinguished by charming old buildings, cobblestone streets, walled ramparts, and a striking European character. Visitors are fascinated by the many historic sites, museums, and beautiful churches. Dining establishments run the gamut from renowned spots like Laurie Raphaël, Le Champlain, Panache, L'Initiale and Restaurant L'Utopie, to quick eats specializing in local dishes like Québécois poutine (French fries topped with fresh cheese curds and brown gravy). Why not stay in the very heart of Old Quebec-- in the chateau overlooking the St. Lawrence River? The award-winning Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is a stately heritage hotel located in the very center of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Within the Chateau, Fairmont has introduced a boutique hotel, Fairmont Gold, a small deluxe hotel located within the larger resort. The newly renovated boutique is located in the top floors of the main tower, offering superb views of the city and river. Here, guests enjoy private check-in, personalized concierge service, private lounge with complimentary continental breakfast, canapés at cocktail time, and honor bar service. This summer enjoy excellent savings at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac with ''Only One Way Summer'' rates, starting from just CAD 229 per night, until September 3, 2007.
May 10, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Enjoy laid-back, barefoot elegance on the beach in the off-season and score some serious savings at the Edgewater Beach Hotel. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers guests seven miles of powder-white sandy beach right just steps from the front door. A summer stay at the only all-suite beachfront hotel in Naples will set you back just $169 per night. Take a dip in the stunning outdoor pools, or sip a cocktail at the poolside bar. Hit the gym or play a round of golf at Naples renowned courses. Check out the lively night spots and upscale shopping in Old Naples (just minutes away). Relax on your own private balcony, indulge in an in-room massage or spa service. The Edgewater Beach Hotel may be relaxed and lighthearted, but it definitely doesn't skimp on the luxury.
May 9, 2007
By: Courtney W. May
I recently spent a long weekend in New York City and had the pleasure of staying at the Loews Regency Hotel on the Upper East Side (61st and Park Avenue to be specific) in their Sutton Suite - suite number 2126. My pictures didn't come out nearly as nicely as their promotional photo (see right), but I can attest to the fact that the photo is an accurate representation of the Master Bedroom.
The Sutton Suite is a two-bedroom suite located on the 21st/Penthouse floor of the hotel. Both bedrooms provide King size beds - one bedroom with a view West towards Central Park, and the other with a terrace and views of Park Avenue. A total of 2.5 baths, full sauna, kitchenette, 2 terraces, dining area, and separate den round out the Sutton Suite. The feel is much more of a private apartment then a hotel room, but with all of the amazing amenities of the concierge and in-room services.
What is even more amazing about the two-bedroom suites at the Regency are the costs. A standard Superior King room at the Loews Regency is $489 per night with 225 square feet and a courtyard view. The lowest standard rate for a two-bedroom suite is $1129 and provides 1300 square feet. That's a little more then twice the cost for more then 5 times the space - plus views of Park Avenue and kitchenettes, dens, additional beds and bath ... It's amazing how much more you get for not much more price. And trust me, the additional amenities, space, views, and more are really worth the extra cost.
So if you are going to the Regency and plan on booking two rooms, it makes much more sense to book the two-bedroom suite then to request 2 connecting rooms.
The weekend was rainy, and the pictures didn't turn out nearly as well as they could have to do the room justice, but you can see copies of the photos I took on Flickr and in The Informed Traveler photo group.
By: Courtney W. May
This summer, think Jamaica. Posh properties like Half Moon in Montego Bay are available for a steal. Step into a world of leisure and timeless elegance, surrounded by sandy crescent beaches, white-washed cottages, and fragrant gardens. With the Sizzling Summer Special at Half Moon, you can earn free nights and free rounds of golf if you book a stay of seven nights or more. For example, stay seven nights, get one night and one round of golf for free; stay 8-9 nights, get two nights and two rounds of golf free! (You get the picture...) Plus, rates are unbelievably low, starting from just $250 per night. Available until May 31, 2007. The Good Life Package is equally as enticing, available until December 15, 2007. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, sumptuous daily breakfast, leisurely lunch and gourmet dinner daily, premium drinks at the hotel bars, welcome gift and champagne in room, round trip airport transfers, and the best part of all: a complimentary Swedish massage for each adult. Starting from just $469 per night with a minimum three-night stay.
Celebrating its 20th year in 2007, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is a popular luxury destination situated on 3,000 acres outside Pittsburgh. The Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond resort features two world-class golf courses, 14 excellent restaurants and lounges, the internationally acclaimed Woodlands Spa, Equestrian Center, Kids Club, Shooting Academy, Off-Road Driving Academy, tennis, and myriad other activities. Additionally, the resort is home to the AAA Five-Diamond Falling Rock boutique hotel, inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
With a slew of family-oriented packages and special events, Nemacolin Woodlands is the ideal resort getaway for the whole family to enjoy. Kids will be thrilled with the Wet, Wild, and Woohoo Special; book a three-night stay and receive a $300 amenity credit to be used throughout the resort. Kids can splash away at The Marina at Paige's Beach, take a ride on the Fatbird Express Safari at the all-new Wildlife Academy, or get down and dirty with Xtreme activities at the Adventure Center. While the kids are happily entertained, parents can enjoy the spa, golf courses, wine-tasting, and fine dining. Celebrate Mother's Day with the special Mother's Day brunch on Sunday, May 13, and Memorial Day weekend means family events galore, including a night time mini-golf tournament, carnival games, and DJ entertainment.
April 16, 2007
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Here's the scoop from one of the finest luxury hotels in the City of Light, "the intimate palace" located on the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. After closing in January 2007 for work on a new extension, Hotel Le Bristol has recently debuted a lavish makeover. Guests have long adored the hotel's glass enclosed roof-top swimming pool and expansive, beautiful garden. What's new? 22 redecorated rooms (including the Penthouse and Panoramic Suites), new welcome desks for Concierge and Reception, more spacious fitness room, brand new Hammam, and a new 460 square meter kitchen for Chef Éric Fréchon to continue to dazzle diners. And it only gets better. The hotel has acquired an adjoining building which will open in November 2007 with 23 new rooms and four new suites and a restaurant and grill room accessible directly from the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré.
PS. With the new VIP Welcome for Children, Hotel Le Bristol is paradise for the kiddies. Since April 1, 2007, children receive a special welcome at Hotel Le Bristol with a personalized book at reception, and the Hippolyte bunny (named after the hotel founder) along with a selection of complimentary bunny-shaped cakes waiting in-room. A hotel scavenger hunt and special activities can also be arranged. Not to mention the take-home goodies.
Treat yourself to a luxurious getaway weekend at The Jefferson. History buffs will nerd out over this one. Richmond's swankiest hotel is offering a special weekend package to coincide with the city's commemoration of America's 400th anniversary. A replica of the colonists' 17th century vessel, Godspeed, will sail from Jamestown to Richmond to celebrate the big birthday. Take a tour of the Godspeed, spend the day at the festival area on Richmond's river front, enjoy a musical performance and even a fantastic fireworks display - all free events for Richmond Region 2007. The Jefferson's Godspeed Memorial Day Weekend package includes luxurious accommodations, full American breakfast buffet, two tickets to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts "Rule Britannia!" exhibit, and transportation to all museum and Godspeed events. Starting from $225 nightly in a Superior Room (taxes not included). Available May 24-May 27, 2007 only.
At long last, the hotel we've been dreaming about since last November has opened its doors. The newest member of the Starwood Luxury Collection, The Resort at Singer Island is shaking things up in Palm Beach County. Billed as "one of the most expansive oceanfront destinations on the Eastern seaboard," the $210 million resort is a 21-storey goliath of luxury on the beach. Amenities include beach and pool butlers, 24-hour room service, workout facilities, business center, two Presidential Suites, 4,000 square feet of meeting space, a wedding gazebo, three restaurants and a coffee bar, an 8,500 square foot wellness retreat and spa, a lap pool with private cabanas and a lagoon-style family pool. To quote the press release:
The opening of this resort signals the renaissance of Singer Island, which was founded in 1920 by the scion of the sewing machine dynasty, into one of the most dynamic oceanfront destinations on Florida's prestigious Gold Coast.
To celebrate the opening, The Resort at Singer Island is offering a special $315 per night introductory rate including breakfast through May 2007.