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Celebrate the holidays as America's beachfront legend becomes a playful wonderland with pops of bright colors at every turn against a backdrop of twinkling white lights. With the return of Skating by the Sea, Hotel del Coronado is truly a sight to behold with carolers singing joyful tunes, whimsical polar bears striking a pose, lavish feasts and festive parties. Continue reading below the photo of Skating by the Sea.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Gather your friends and family for holiday favorites like housemade gingerbread and cookies, mulled cider and spiked coffee drinks or roast s'mores on the beach under the stars. Step back in time with an elegant Victorian Tea or explore the magnificent holiday lights around Coronado on a decked out surrey. Read more below the photo Victorian Tea photo.

Victorian Tea at the Hotel del Coronado

Whimsical trees are trimmed and glisten with pretty packages underneath. Saint Nick appears at Sunday Brunch and friendly elves read holiday tales to children. The holiday season at our seaside retreat is filled with both nostalgia and new traditions. Read more below the photo. 

Holiday Lights at the Hotel del Coronado

It's a time for magical adventures and creating memories with the ones you love, surrounded by the warm glow of The Del. Celebrate a winter of whimsy, wonder and wishes. Only at The Del.

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Happy National Coffee Day! Specialty coffee sales are inceasing around the world at a rate of about 20% per year. In the U.S., the average person drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, yet the U.S. is not in the top 10 for coffee consuption in the world. If you love coffee as much as we do, here's a list of five hotels in top cities for coffee that we love a latte (sorry, we couldn't resist). 

1. Thompson Seattle

The Nest at the Thompson Seattle

Home of Starbucks and known for chilly and rainy weather, Seattle is a haven for coffee lovers. The Thompson Seattle is perched above Pike's Place Market, making it a quick walk to the original Starbucks. Featuring contemporary design and floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the Puget Sound, Pike's Place Market, and the Olympic Mountains, the Thompson Seattle has a rooftop bar and the signature Scout restaurant specializing in Pacific Northwest cuisine.

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2. Hotel Continental Oslo

Bar at Theatercafeen at Hotel Continental Oslo

Norway is in the top 10 countries for coffee consuption, and Kaffe is typically served at breakfast and after dinner with dessert, while Turkaffe is traditional Norwegian hiking coffee. At the Hotel Continental Oslo, guests can begin their day with a fresh-brewed pot of coffee at Caroline's, then explore the walkable Nordic city, and finish up their day with a gourmet dinner at Theatercafeen complete with dessert and coffee. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests making reservations with Five Star Alliance receive a $100 food and beverage credit per room as well as VIP status.

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3. The Nines, Portland

The Nines Portland

Portland, Oregon is known for a unique coffee culture with a mix of independent roasters and coffee cafes brewing espressos and lattes topped with artful foam. At The Nines, guests can stay in the heart of the city in the historic Meier & Frank Building, formerly a department store. The LEED Silver Certified Hotel is steps from Pioneer Square and the trendy Pearl District, plus there's two gourmet restaurants on-site specializing in local Pacific Northwest cuisine. 

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4. Hotel Sacher Wien, Vienna

Cafe Sacher Wien at Hotel Sacher Wien

Viennese coffee houses are an institution in Vienna, typically with marble tables, newspapers, pastry creations, and of course, coffee drinks. At the Hotel Sacher Wien, guests can experience a Viennese coffee house within the hotel. The Cafe Sacher Wien is a traditional Viennese coffeehouse with a refined setting featuring red interiors, chandeliers, pastries, coffee specialties, and teas, as well as local dishes like fried chicken salad, Wiener Schnitzel, or Tafelspitz.

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5. Palazzo Manfredi, Rome

Aroma Restaurant at Palazzo Manfredi

Known for coffee houses where espresso is served at a bar, and guests drink the coffee quickly while standing, Rome offers a coffee culture of its own. At the Palazzo Manfredi, guests stay in the heart of Rome, steps from the Colosseum and the city's coffee houses. There's also the rooftop Aroma restaurant with Michelin Star cuisine, as well as the American Bar on-site. Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a welcome drink, daily Continental breakfast for two, and tickets for two to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. 

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Offering an on-site vineyard and a private label wine, Calistoga Ranch is a luxury nature resort with an award-winning Napa Spa and fitness programs. Featuring sustainable practices throughout the resort, guests can explore acres of scenic hiking trails, participate in painting and photography classes, play bocce ball, do yoga, or take a beekeeping course. In addition to a variety of on-site amenities, Five Star Alliance guests receive special perks at the resort. Learn more below the photo of a wine cave dinner. 

Wine Cave Dinner at Calistoga Ranch

The nature resort's accommodations are set within 50 free-standing guest lodges, including Deluxe Lodges, One- and Two-Bedroom Lodges, as well as the Estate Lodge. Providing a refined environment for rustic relaxation, the lodges have floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to natural surroundings, wood floors, and furnishings with clean lines inspired by nature. Plus there are outdoor showers and bath gardens, cedar sun decks with gas fireplaces, and some lodges have private outdoor hot tubs. Continue reading below the photo the outdoor shower photo. 

Outdoor Shower at the Calistoga Ranch

Five Star Alliance Perk: All guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive complimentary access for two people to the Auberge Spa facility with a watsu soaking pool, steam room, and Jacuzzi. 

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Overlooking the Teton Range, the 676-square-foot Grand Teton Suite at Amangani is the resort's largest suite. Featuring contemporary Western decor, the luxurious suite has a living room with a metal gas-lit fireplace, flat-screen TV with a sound system, personal bar, woven cowhide chairs with faux-wolf fabric, and a window-side daybed. There's also a king bed with plush linens, and a spacious bathroom with a soaking tub with a large window, twin vanities, and dressing room. Continue reading below the photo.

Amangani Grand Teton Suite Living Area

In addition to the lavish indoor living space, the Grand Teton Suite features a wraparound balcony with panoramic pool and Teton Mountain views, as well as an outdoor dining area. Read more below the photo. 

Amangani Balcony View

The Amangani (meaning peaceful home) is a year-round luxury resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Featuring a design that compliments the surrounding Teton landscape, the resort has regionally-inspired furnishings like cowhide chairs, pine-stump tables, Pacific redwood beams, and Oklahoma sandstone columns, accented by local artwork. Read more below the grand staircase photo.

Amangani Grand Staircase

There's a heated outdoor pool with Grand Teton views, and a variety of adventure activities like hot-air ballooning, 4x4 wildlife safaris, horse riding, hunting, and golf. There's also guided treks to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and more than 2,471 acres of slopes for beginner and expert skiers. Plus, Amangani's private lodge can plan snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and sleigh rides. 

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Offering an idyllic ski-in/ski-out setting on Beaver Creek Mountain, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has a variety of year-round activities including a full-service spa facility and tennis courts during the summer. There's also a heated outdoor pool, six dining options, the Ritz Kids program, and pet-friendly services. In addition, the resort is offering special Solar Eclipse programs for guests. Learn more about the offers in the article below from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch Exterior

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch to Offer Solar Eclipse-Themed Programs

If you have not heard by now, a Total Solar Eclipse is taking place this summer on Monday, August 21; astronomically, it is an extremely rare occurrence (the first visible in the United States in 99 years) and it is predicted to be one of “the most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.”

The “Great American Eclipse” will begin at approximately 10:18 a.m. PST near Lincoln City, Oregon and will end near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:47 p.m. EST. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, located in Avon, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains is going to be in the 90 percent path of totality for the eclipse. With such a prime observation opportunity, the 180-room resort is planning a number of special events to commemorate the occasion:

Recreation Programs

Beyond the daily guided hike offered as part of the resort’s Naturalist Program, there will also be unique activities arranged for both before and during the celestial event. Guests going on the daily hike will be led to a Rocky Mountain vista ideal for seeing the eclipse. There will be a panel where guests can learn facts about the skies, outer space and the eclipse as well as the local Colorado flora and fauna. The resort will also be providing special viewing glasses to view the eclipse from its Great Lawn and Mountainside Terrace.

Solar Eclipse Massage

The Ritz-Carlton Spa at Bachelor Gulch is also joining in on the festivities. Guests 18-years and above can receive a free five-minute chair massage during the the eclipse.

Specialty Cocktails & Mocktails

In addition, all of the resort’s dining outlets are commemorating the historic natural phenomenon with a one-time-only menu of specialty cocktails. The Total Eclipse is a coconut rum-based drink, shaken with Jägermeister and pineapple juice; the Blue Moon has Grey Goose Oranj mixed with blue curacao and Contreau; meanwhile the Solar Flare is made of a homemade blueberry vodka and simple syrup. These drinks can also be modified into non-alcoholic mocktails for younger guests.

Once the eclipse passed, that evening guests are invited on sunset strolls as well as stargazing down paths used for snowshoeing in the winter. An expert resident naturalist will be guiding adventure-seekers as they teach them (most appropriately) about celestial navigation, point out key stars, planets and constellations. During their stay, guests can also enjoy the resort's Red Sky Golf Club, six different restaurants, spa, wellness center and pools.

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Nestled within six acres of gardens, La Posada De Santa Fe Resort and Spa offers a resort setting within downtown Sante Fe. Close to the city's historic plaza, the property's guest rooms and suites are set within 19th century adobe brick casita-style buildings. The hotel's Spa Sage is an award-winning facility providing treatments inspired by the local healing heritage traditions, and the Julia, a Spirited Restaurant features a vibrant setting with outdoor seating and regional cuisine. In addition to the hotel's on-site amenities, La Posada De Santa Fe is an ideal base for enjoying three upcoming late summer events. Learn more about the events below the photo.

Baca Suite at La Posada De Santa Fe Resort and Spa

1.  96th Annual Indian Market, August 19 - 20, 2017 
The largest Native American arts show in the world features works by 900 artists from more than 200 tribes. Set in the Santa Fe Plaza area, the festival has artwork, special films, demonstrations, dances, music, and food. 

2. Fiestas de Santa Fe, September 1 - 10, 2017

A local tradition for more than 300 years, the city's residents gather on the historic plaza for local food, dancing, processions, and parades. 

3. Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, September 27 - October 1, 2017

Offering five days of cooking demonstrations, wine-paired dinners, and a grand wine tasting with sips from more than 100 world-renowned wineries. Plus, the property is partnering with La Crema to host a special dinner at Julia, a Spirited Restaurant and Bar on Friday, September 29, 2017.

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Providing a host of amenities and exclusive services, The Broadmoor is the grand dame of Colorado Springs. Built in 1891, the historic property is filled with the spirit of the West, giving adventurers endless opportunities for four seasons of activities for all ages, including zip lining, fly fishing, horseback riding, and rejuvenating at the spa. Recently, the property unveiled Cloud Camp, set atop Cheyenne Mountain, it's a private retreat that will open during the winter holiday season for one family at a time. Learn more about this unique offering in the article below the Cloud Camp photo (courtesy of The Broadmoor) from our sister publication, Luxury Travel Advisor

Cloud Camp at The Broadmoor

The Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs is introducing its brand new Cloud Camp for this upcoming holiday season – for only one family or group at a time.

Cloud Camp sits 9,200 feet above sea level atop Cheyenne Mountain – 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor. Introducing its two new holiday packages, Christmas at Cloud Camp and Thanksgiving at Cloud Camp, visitors can experience a completely exclusive three- or four-night stay that includes use of the entire main lodge and its seven bedrooms. 

Days at Cloud Camp will include relaxing by the fire, joining chefs in the kitchen for “cooking clubs” involving holiday dishes and cookie making, wine tastings, strolling outside among the clouds, and taking in the 360-degree views of nearby Pikes Peak and the city of Colorado Springs below, among other wintry activities. 

All meals, beverages and alcohol are included in the visitors’ stay at the mountaintop resort, where they are also able to customize their stay based on personal preference. 

Aside from Cloud Camp, The Broadmoor is also offering private stays at the Estate House this year. This historic mansion was designed in the 1920s and only recently re-opened in late 2016 with new Broadmoor style. The Estate House offers five bedrooms, a grand parlor, a dining room with seating for up to 16 as well as manicured gardens. 

The resort announced these two new holiday offers at Cloud Camp and the Estate House during its Christmas in July promotion, where it also announced more holiday exclusives including the Labor Day and Spooktacular Halloween packages. 

The Broadmoor is home to Colorado’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant, the Penrose Room. It also includes three golf courses, an award-winning spa and fitness center, as well as a nationally recognized tennis staff and program, among other amenities. The resort’s three Wilderness Experience properties – The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp and Fly Fishing Camp – are all-inclusive boutique facilities. 

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Situated in the heart of town, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa offers a relaxing retreat with a rooftop observation deck featuring a fire pit and sitting area for stargazing and Red Rock views. The Spa at Sedona Rouge offers guests a peaceful environment and sensory refuge where the healing power of touch mingles with the pure scents of rare flower oils and elements of the earth to help visitors feel centered. Guests can choose from a variety of customized treatments performed by the spa's certified massage therapists specializing in Reflexology, Cranial Sacral, Myofascial Bodywork, Cupping Massage, and traditional Ayurvedic services. There's also body ritual treatments such as detoxifying herbal wraps and aromatherapy baths with locally-sourced botanicals. Plus, facials, steam therapy, and acupressure massage. Continue reading below the Spa at Sedona Rouge photo.

The Spa at Sedona Rouge

The rejuvenating and spa-focused environment flows into the property's guest rooms and suites, especially the Spa Guest Rooms and Suites which are located within the spa facility. Inspired by the Mediterranean, accommodations feature a rich color palette, along with patios and balconies for relaxing while taking in the area's scenery. In addition, many of the suites feature large soaking tubs for pre- and post-spa pampering. Read more below the photo.

Suite Bathroom at Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

REDS Restaurant offers a contemporary on-site dining option with gourmet comfort foods, there's a heated outdoor swimming pool with an outdoor fireplace and sitting area, and morning yoga sessions. The Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is less than 10 miles from Slide Rock State Park and Boynton Canyon Trail. Surrounded by shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a luxurious setting with easy access to local attractions and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. 

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Aliance receive a $25 Spa Credit. 

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An iconic destination since 1888, the Hotel del Coronado has welcomed celebrities, dignitaries, and royalty from around the world. For a luxurious setting within the hotel's original Victorian Building, the Victorian Junior Suites have a spacious sitting area along with one king or two queen-sized beds, or the larger Ocean View Victorian Signature Suites offer a king-sized bed, plus a separate living room with a queen-sized pull-out sofa bed. Due to the historical nature of the property, each of the Signature Suites varies in size and layout, which also lends a unique charm to the coastal chic furnishings of the suites. To top it off, the suites feature private balconies with panoramic views of the hotel's beach and the Pacific Ocean. Read more below the photo of the Victorian Junior Suite. 

Victorian Junior Suite at the Hotel del Coronado

For families looking for additional space, the hotel's Two-Bedroom Victorian Blue Octopus Family Suite offers spacious accommodations, including a separate bedroom for the kids with ocean-inspired whimsical decor and bunk beds. Plus, there are two bathrooms and a living room with a sofa bed. Read more below the photo of the Hotel del Coronado swimming pool. 

Main Pool at the Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark with the Victorian Building, contemporary Ocean Towers, California Cabanas, and oceanfront cottages and villas within the Beach Village. The iconic property combines Southern California seaside charm with fine dining at 1500 Ocean, a legendary Crown Room Brunch, spa, and the Sunset Bar with a firepit, seaside location, and seasonal cocktails. Continue reading below the Crown Room photo for a special Perk for Five Star Alliance guests.

Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Five Star Alliance Perk: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a commemorative book celebrating the history of the Hotel del Coronado. 

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Combining incomparable luxury surrounded by the unspoiled wilderness, The Resort at Paws Up offers a unique setting in the Montana countryside. Ideal for adventure seekers, the property has 100 miles of trails, fly fishing, and a world-class sporting clays course. There's chef-prepared cuisine, and accommodations feature rustic elegance in the historic Morris Farm House, Blackfoot River Lodge, Tent City, and Meadow Homes. Read more below the photo to discover some upcoming special events.

Glamping at The Resort at Paws Up

The Cowgirl Spring Roundup | April 27-30, 2017 

Providing a quintessential Montana cowgirl weekend experienence, visitors can watch cattle drives led by Cowgirl Hall of Fame honorees, attend educational workships, go on trail rides, and participate in photo sessions. Plus, guests will have the opportunity to attend inspirational speeches, gourmet dinners, and wine tasting. 

AdrenZen Wellness Weekend | May 5-8, 2017

Feeling a little drained? This first-ever AdrenZen event is designed for those who love to unwind as much as they crave activity. The weekend includes adrenaline-inducing activities such as rapelling and hiking, spa treatments, fitness classes, mediation, and yoga. Celebrity Chef Kelly Liken will create gourmet cuisine and health-conscious cocktails, while Yogi Lauren Taus and The Biggest Loser's Jen Widerstrom are scheduled to lead fitness activities. 

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