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Happy Holidays from GAYOT!

DECEMBER 2010 TASTES NEWSLETTER

Baby, it's cold outside! But our December edition is brimming with hot ideas to help make your holidays great, from luxe locales for New Year's festivities to fab destinations for world-class skiing to groovy gift ideas.

Where will you be when the clock strikes twelve on December 31? Share a midnight Champagne toast with someone special at one of our top picks for dining out on New Years Eve or top 10 restaurants for holiday dining. Or sing folk songs around the bonfires of Reykjavik, rave the night away on the beaches of Goa, or eat good luck grapes in Barcelona — three of our top 10 choices for watching fireworks or making fireworks happen in settings that include Table Mountain, Niagara Falls and the Austrian Alps.

Check out our Top 10 Holiday Gifts Find out where to go for great holiday dining

Of course, there's nothing wrong with staying put and baking cookies using recipes from the new Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook, cozying up with the top 10 holiday movies or finding the perfect present with our list of top 10 holiday gifts. Not sure what gift to get that person who has everything? We're sure they'd appreciate waking up to one of our top 10 exotic cars in the driveway! Of course, you can't go wrong with a sensible and stylish vehicle like our car of the month, the 2011 Hyundai Equus, either.

But if you do feel like getting out and into a winter-wonder adventure, head to one of our top 10 ski resorts or top 10 remote hotels. Enjoy the slopes at Megève, a French alpine village at the foot of Mont-Blanc and one of the best-kept secrets in Europe, featuring cobbled streets traversed by horse-drawn sleighs and 185 miles of marked ski trails. Or get away from it all at the utopian Banyan Tree Ringha hotel in China, where cloud-covered mountain peaks, deep canyons, raging rivers and clear lakes embrace a Tibetan valley setting.

The Moorish-inspired Spa Palazzo at the Boca Raton Resort in Florida Les Fermes de Marie in Megeve, France --- a great destination for skiing

There is always sunny California to dodge the winter chill, which is even hotter during the state's Restaurant Month where you can splurge, savor and save at restaurants, bistros and cafés all January. For more information on participating regions and how to save on eating out, go to www.visitcalifornia.com.

On the other side of the country, Florida's Boca Raton Resort offers a luxurious getaway and top-of-the-line Spa Palazzo with Roman bath and caviar facials. Read a review of our recent stay at this pink palace.

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