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A room at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City

A room at The Waldorf=Astoria in New York City

The Legendary Waldorf Astoria Brand Makes Plans to Travel the World


There are few hotels in the world more iconic than The Waldorf=Astoria. A Manhattan institution, it is said to be the first hotel to have offered room service, it’s the birthplace of the Waldorf salad, and Marilyn Monroe famously lived in its sumptuous digs for months. Under its parent company, Hilton, the Waldorf Astoria brand is making plans for an aggressive expansion that will bring its signature style to major cities around the globe. Continue reading “Waldorf Astoria Brand Continues Worldwide Expansion – Travel News” »



The Victorian-era Leadenhall Market, one of the Harry Potter filming locations on the tour

The Victorian-era Leadenhall Market, one of the Harry Potter filming locations on the tour

The Rubens at the Palace Welcomes Harry Potter Fans


The Harry Potter film series may have finished in 2011, but that doesn’t mean fans need to put their wands into storage. With The Rubens at the Palace’s Harry Potter Experience, the magic continues as fellow wizards (and their families) discover many of the landmark London sites featured on the big screen.


The Harry Potter Experience begins after a hearty complimentary breakfast, when a black cab with a qualified driver picks you up at the hotel, not far from the Ministry of Magic. You’ll then enjoy an amazing three-hour guided tour of the London locations used in all eight films, including ‘Platform 9 ¾’, Diagon Alley and The Leaky Cauldron and the Victorian Leadenhall Market. You can also check out Gringotts Wizarding Bank and follow the route of the Knight Bus before discovering that Brockdale Bridge is in one piece and that you can walk across it.

Continue reading “The Rubens at the Palace Harry Potter Experience – Travel Special” »



Virgin Hotels logo

Virgin Hotels logo

Virgin Brand Continues to Expand


With the opening of PUBLIC Chicago, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago and Longman & Eagle, the Windy City seems determined to prove itself as the new mecca for hot hotel openings. This reputation is cemented with the announcement that Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel is set to begin construction this May. Taking over the 1928 Old Dearborn Bank building, the sure-to-be-hip hotel will include 250 rooms, a pool and a rooftop venue — with terrific views, we assume, given the location. Continue reading “Sir Richard Branson to Open the First Virgin Hotel in Chicago – Travel News” »



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Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Carnival's The Dream, launched in 2009

Size Matters on Carnival Cruise’s Dream


by Patricia Mack


The music plays, the drinks flow and Port Canaveral, FL — The Dream’s modern and ever expanding home port — fades from view as the massive ship gets underway for a seven-day Caribbean cruise. There are lots of revelers on board and the ship, one of the largest in Carnival’s fleet, has a lively staff to entertain them with everything from the hoary “hairy chest contest” to “Cupid Shuffle” dance lessons — and that’s just in the first 30 minutes of the voyage.

Continue reading ““Dream” Big with Carnival” »



Boston's The Colonnade Hotel rooftop pool

Boston's The Colonnade Hotel rooftop pool

Romance is in the Air at Boston’s Colonnade Hotel


With today’s hectic schedules and busy couples in mind, Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel has created a great opportunity to slip away and savor an intimate overnight escape for two.


When it comes to couples in need of a little time away, The Colonnade Hotel has just the thing in the form of its Overnight Romance Escape Package. Think dinner à deux, roses, Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries — all intended to help you rekindle the flame or perhaps ignite a few new sparks. Continue reading “Boston’s The Colonnade Hotel Overnight Romance Escape – Travel Special” »



Hollywood Meets Haute Cuisine at a Much-Anticipated Las Vegas Hotel


Nobu Matsuhisa‘s name graces many fine restaurants from coast to coast, including his flagship restaurants, Matsuhisa in Los Angeles, Nobu New York and Nobu Las Vegas. Now the Japanese chef’s name is going on a Las Vegas hotel. “The idea of a Nobu hotel has always excited me,” says Robert De Niro, an early investor in Nobu’s restaurants. Continue reading “Nobu Hotel to Open in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas – Travel News” »



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Apr

Fredericksburg, Texas (photo credit: Mary Ann McClain)

Fredericksburg, Texas (photo credit: Mary Ann McClain)

Enjoy a wine tour Texan style


If you think Texas is all about big hair and barbecue, you got it all wrong. Texas can be quite sophisticated, and it also boasts a fabulous wine country! In fact, the Texas winemaking tradition is the oldest in the country. You’ll find half of the state’s wineries in the Texan Hill Country, and the charming town of Fredericksburg has become a bona fide destination for fickle foodies and oenophiles.


Our favorite must-visit destination in this German tradition-soaked locale include Becker Vineyards with its 46 acres of French Vinifera vines that grow eight grape varietals; Der Lindenbaum restaurant for German schnitzels and konigsberger klopse; and August E’s Fine Dining — perhaps the most un-Fredericksburg place in Fredericksburg with pan-continental cuisine such as the scallop hand roll, which recreates a burrito with seaweed instead of a tortilla.

Continue reading “72 Hours in Fredericksburg, Texas” »



The pool and courtyard at Saguaro Palm Springs in California

The pool and courtyard at Saguaro Palm Springs in California

A Splash of Color Lands in Palm Springs


The February 1 opening of Saguaro Palm Springs, the second hotel in the collection of Saguaro hotels by Joie de Vivre, brought 249 colorful and vibrant guest rooms and suites to Coachella Valley, at the site of the former Holiday Inn Palm Springs City Center. Described as a bold Southwestern palette, the color scheme was created by renowned architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of New York-based Stamberg and Aferiat Architecture and was inspired by the tones found in desert wildflowers. Continue reading “Saguaro Palm Springs Opens in the California Desert” »



The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

The bedroom of the Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine: The "Blue Suite" at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Pretty in Pink, Blue, White and Green Suites


by Alain Gayot


Princes are graduating to kings thanks to The Peninsula Beverly Hills‘ recently remodeled suites. The year-long renovation transformed 193 guest rooms of the hotel, including luxurious villas and four individually designed suites – The Peninsula Suite, The Royal Patio Suite, The Grand Deluxe Suite (all three designed by Forchielli Glynn) and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine. Each features its own color palette and style – The Peninsula Suite, or The Green Suite, has an “East-meets-West” feel; The Royal Patio Suite is nicknamed The White Suite for its cream-toned backgrounds and drapery; The Grand Deluxe Suite is also called The Pink Suite; and The Grand Deluxe Suite by Nancy Corzine, or The Blue Suite, showcases an ice blue palette accented with Venetian silver, cream and white, as well as Corzine’s signature line of furniture, textiles and lighting designs. Reservations begin at $6,000 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Pink Suite), $6,795 for The Grand Deluxe Suite (Blue Suite), $7,000 for the The Peninsula Suite (Green Suite), $8,000 for The Royal Patio Suite (White Suite) and $9,700 for The Peninsula Villa.

Continue reading “The Peninsula Beverly Hills Completes Year-Long Renovation” »



 

The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort

The exterior of Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort


Enjoy the Treasures of Hawaii at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Big Island


Treasure hunters, rejoice! With the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa‘s Island Treasure package, you’re invited to seek out savings in the way that best suits your holiday style.


Designed to allow Big Island’s Kohala Coast travelers to customize their vacation spending, the four-night Island Treasure package features daily breakfast for two, plus a $300 credit to be applied toward any of the following Continue reading “Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Travel Special” »



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