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Here's a unique seasonal promotion to enjoy great destinations during their autumn best (with all the showy colors of fall foliage). Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, showcases 200 quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic architecture and ambience. Fifty of these hotels nationwide are participating in the "Fall Back in Time" promotion, so as we prepare to turn back the clocks, we can be sure to savor our spare hour in lavish surroundings. Take advantage of your extra hour by supping over candlelight, having a poker lesson, or reading complimentary cookbooks and coffee-table books. This package is available through November 30.
As an added bonus, participating hotels have also incorporated a special offering meant to commemorate the year in which they were built. For example, enjoy a fine bottle of wine with dinner for $18.88, take a long weekend and book a third room night for only $60, or sip martinis at their original 1928 price of only 20 cents.
Fall back in time and book a great getaway at these storied properties. Here are some examples: La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, California (where you'll get a La Valencia history book and breakfast-in-bed), Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza (which offers a consultation with the hotel historian to develop a customized itinerary of historic Boston), New York's Waldorf-Astoria, The Peabody in Memphis (which provides a sumptuous dinner and coffee-table book), and Charlottesville's Boar's Head Inn, built from the timbers of an abandoned 1834 gristmill that survived orders to be burned by both Generals Grant and Custer during the Civil War.
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As a thank you to their valued friends and past guests, Keswick Hall at Monticello invites you back to Celebrate the Holidays this holiday season. Their unique offers during this special time of year will suit either the office retreat or a family and friends celebration. For Holiday Parties of 100 or more, Keswick Hall at Monticello will extend complimentary accommodations to you or your preferred guest (date of accommodations to coincide with the private event).
Complimentary private event space and parking will be provided. For the Office Appreciation Retreat, a complimentary room will be given for every 10 group room reservations per night of the retreat. Rates start at $195 per room per night and are available for Sunday to Thursday from November 1 to December 29, 2008. Offer excludes Friday and Saturday night stays and all taxes and service charges. Accommodations will include a luxurious signature room, Keswick Hall at Monticello choice of seasonal welcome amenity, one complimentary upgrade for the VIP in your group, complimentary high speed internet access in guest rooms, USA Today daily delivery, flat screen TV and DVD with access to the DVD collection, complimentary Business Desk usage and complimentary parking. An impressive mansion is a beautiful setting located near Monticello, Keswick Hall at Monticello is the place to celebrate the holidays this year.
Skiers, rejoice. North America's number 1 ski resort, the epic Whistler Blackcomb, has just gotten even better. It has the biggest vertical rise in North America, the most terrain, and come December, Whistler will boast the new Peak 2 Peak gondola connecting both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Lucky skiers can save time, and experience unbelievable views from the "highest distance in the world above a valley floor," by traveling between British Columbia's two mighty peaks. The 2.73-mile ride takes 11 minutes, and travels the world's longest unsupported span.
Milan's Carlton Baglioni Hotel is offering an unusual package from now through the end of the year. The hotel will drive you to Lake Como (about 40 km), where you can visit the tiny lakeside town that George Clooney has made famous. Once there, you'll enjoy an exciting trip by seaplane or by helicopter to discover the secrets of the beautiful islands near Como. After your aerial adventure, you'll be given lunch in an Italian restaurant with a panoramic view of the lake. The rest of the package includes:
* 2 nights accommodation in Deluxe Room or Junior Suite
* Welcome drink for 2 people, bottle of Champagne, and fruit basket in the room upon arrival
* 3 course dinner at il Baretto al Baglioni (wine excluded)
* Intensive Body Therapy the ultimate body sublimation from head to toe with Guerlain's specialty mask and skincare concentrate massage. Coupled with an invigorating Vichy shower body polish, this therapy promises to leave your skin feeling toned, soft, and replenished.
Leave the in-laws at home and jet to the Caribbean for Thanksgiving. Biras Creek will be serving up an indulgent Thanksgiving feast of homemade apple mash potatoes with a cranberry-orange sauce, wild mushroom salad, and two-day marinated turkey filled with a homemade stuffing featuring spices, apples, celery and raisins. Don't care for the traditional stuff? You can eat your heart out with a non-traditional meal as well, and skip the homemade pumpkin pie. At Biras Creek, you can enjoy all this with a side of Caribbean sun and sand. The 31-suite resort offers swimming, snorkeling, tennis, boating and white sandy beaches galore...
The London NYC, touted as "an amalgam of both its namesake cities," where glamour is "livable," has created quite the stir since its opening. Folks flock to this worldly urban hideaway for a taste of Gordon Ramsay's talked-about cuisine, as The London NYC marks the American debut of the Michelin-starred British chef. The London NYC club is a luxurious fitness concept, and the hotel has partnered with Quintessentially, the exclusive concierge service, to ensure that all guests get the star treatment. For the pinnacle of luxury in Manhattan, both literally and figuratively, A-listers choose the London Penthouse, the 2,500-square-foot pad that soars over the city and offers 180 degrees of the city from bay windows on three sides, so you can gape at Central Park, the Hudson River, and sparkling Manhattan skyline. (The best perch is from the rotating daybed located in one of the bay windows.) As pointed out by our friends over at Luxist, this is also the highest suite in the city, located on the hotel's 53rd and 54th floors. The amenities-- private dining by Chef Ramsay's team, well-stocked bar, iPod docking stations and flat-screen TVs-- are just as spectacular as the views. The price tag? $15,000 a night.
Discover the best of the desert at the AAA Four Diamond Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. Dedicated to "going green" with a commitment to protecting the environment and preserving natural resources, this upscale resort has it all: from a waterpark for the kids to 27-holes of championship golf. Scottsdale has become a haven for foodies, and the Westin Kierland is no exception; there are no less than eight unique dining experiences at the resort. The Agave Spa focuses on traditional native treatments utilizing indigenous flora such as the agave plant. As to be expected at a Westin, the accommodations are supremely comfortable with Heavenly Bed and Bath. Until December 30, 2008, you can enjoy a third night free when you book a two-night stay. Arrive Thursday, Friday or Saturday at this award-winning resort, and let the fun begin.
Word on the street is that Budapest (as cosmopolitan a metropolis as it is) was blown away by the debut of the Four Seasons Gresham Palace. Easily the poshest hotel on the block, this palatial property is a masterfully-restored Art Nouveau landmark offering panoramic vistas across the mighty Danube to the hills of Buda. You will not be disappointed with accommodations that have been likened to the finest in the world (the original architectural details are a nice touch). As to be expected in a city renowned for its thermal hot springs and spa heritage, the Four Seasons spa is not-to-be-missed. Situated on the top floor of the hotel, the spa features Vichy showers, sauna, steam rooms, and treatment rooms where you can luxuriate with a therapeutic massage. With the "Experience More" Package, available until December 1, 2008, you can indulge a little more with a EUR 65 spending credit to be applied towards food or spa charges. Room rates start at EUR 340.
Kids like luxury just as much as adults. So The Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago offers everything little travelers need when checking in to a luxury hotel. The "Trump Kids" program offers pint-size guests children's books, board games, and movies, kid's robes and slippers, PlayStation, Xbox, and MP3 Players with kid friendly music. There's also a kiddie menu, which includes old favorites like PB and J, and whole wheat penne and fat free cheddar or edamame for more adventurous eaters.
Mini-moguls will enjoy "Trump Kids" business cards printed with their name, and kiddie cocktails like The Panther (pink grapefruit, ginger ale, pomegranate juice, peach nectar, and a sugared rim). Kids also get complimentary use of the pool, and for the tiniest tycoons, baby monitors, cribs, and babysitters are available.