Archive for December, 2012

The Gift of a Holiday Keeps Giving

The Gift of TravelGetting away alone, with a loved one or with family offers more than just relief from the daily grind — it’s a chance to take in the sights, smells and sounds of somewhere new, or to revisit a favorite destination.

In many ways, the gift of a holiday — whether for yourself or a loved one — is the perfect present. For shopping, sightseeing, soaking in the sun or seeing a show, there are so many options for travelers to get away from home and unwind. The flavors of the area are captured in incredible cuisine, killer cocktails and hopping nightlife.

A holiday is a gift that keeps giving long after it’s over — the sights and sounds may exist in the past once travelers get home, but the memories, the feelings and the pictures live on as reminders of those special times. Whether you’re giving such an important gift or indulging for yourself, a holiday is a chance to make memories that last long after you’re back at home.


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New Year’s Eve at the Trump International Chicago

New Years in Trump International ChicagoEvery year, the biggest New Year’s Eve party goes down at Rebar in the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago. And while the theme changes every year — it’s always inspired by a classic film — the attention to detail in this New Year’s experience stays the same.

What better way to ring in the New Year in Chicago than with a tip of the hat to the film and songs inspired by the city? The 2002 film Chicago won six Oscars for its big-screen portrayal of the 1975 musical of the same name.

Like the film and musical, Rebar will transport guests back to the roaring ‘20s. Inspired by the vaudeville leanings of the big-screen production, expect hopping jazz music, brilliant costumes and plenty of festivities as you count down the hours and minutes until midnight. Rebar’s chic atmosphere and extensive cocktail list is the perfect setting to say goodbye to 2012, ring in 2013… and all that jazz.

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2013 Orange Bowl in Miami

2013 Orange Bowl in Miami. Luxury South Beach HotelsWhat better way to kick off the New Year than at one of the biggest football games of the year? Miami’s Sun Life Stadium plays host to the 2013 Discover Orange Bowl, which sees the Northern Illinois Huskies take on the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the longest-running bowl championships in American college football, the Discover Orange Bowl’s history dates back to the mid-1930s. Held on or around New Year’s Day every year since, South Beach comes alive with locals and visitors both keen on taking in the sights and sounds of the game, as well as nearby festivities and more.

Last year’s 70-33 rout of Clemson by West Virginia was one of the Discover Orange Bowl’s most entertaining matches, and this year’s game promises to be just as much fun. With both the home team Florida State Seminoles and visiting Northern Illinois Huskies boasting impressive records this year, the game promises to be a hard-fought affair. It’s college football at its finest, played in beautiful South Beach. Get ready for kickoff!

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Glide in the Holidays in New York City

New York City Luxury Hotels, Rockafeller Center skating rinkIs there any better way to usher in the holidays than by skating on the famous rink at Rockefeller Center? New York City’s most well known ice surface is a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Strap on some skates and enjoy winter in Manhattan at its best. Whether you’re a top-notch skater or are just starting out, The Rink at Rockefeller Center is a truly unique New York holiday experience. Open from the crack of dawn until the wee hours, new skaters can get lessons, rent skates, and sharpen their skating skills. The rink gets busy during the day, so hit the ice early (or late) to avoid the crowds and lineups. Bring a date or the whole family for a magical holiday experience you won’t soon forget. Zip around the rink then catch your breath sitting next to the city’s most iconic Christmas tree, before enjoying a rink side cup of hot chocolate. Or make your rounds on the ice, then treat yourself to a meal at one of New York City’s incredible restaurants located nearby.

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South Beach for New Year’s Eve

New Years Eve in South Beach Luxury Hotels.There is nowhere better to party than South Beach, and New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year. If bundling up and venturing into a cold winter’s night isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps a tropical cocktail in shorts and flip-flops might be more up your alley. Bayfront Park is Florida’s equivalent of Times Square, with the Big Orange dropping at midnight in place of the big ball. With the city skyline and Biscayne Bay both within view, it’s as good a place as any to ring in the New Year. There’s always a great mix of live music, entertainment, fireworks, and much more. Whether you’re traveling solo, with that special someone, or with the family, it’s a great way to usher in 2013. If you prefer something a little more upbeat and/or are traveling without kids, there’s a New Year’s Eve event in South Beach that will fill your party quotient. From DJs and a club scene to live music and the Big Orange, ring in the New Year in South Beach and get 2013 started on the right foot. MINGLE WITH THE STARS IN BEVERLY HILLS The Golden Globe Awards kick off the year’s awards ceremonies. Featuring the biggest stars in film and television, the Golden Globes takes place Sunday, January 13 in Beverly Hills. It’s an evening where stars relax, have a drink or two, and have fun as their peers are recognized for their achievements on the small and big screen. With the onslaught of stars that descend on Beverly Hills for the Golden Globes, the city’s nightlife intensifies as movie and TV stars unwind at the city’s hottest bars, lounges and nightclubs. Who knows? You could even rub shoulders with a big name or two at one of the area’s incredible hotels. Whether you’re into the hopping nightlife, unparalleled fine dining, or upscale shopping in Beverly Hills, your chances are good to get up close and personal with some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.


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A Very LA Holiday Season at The Grove

Holiday Season Luxury HotelsChristmas comes but once a year, and Los Angeles does the festive holiday season as well as anyone. Whether you need to pick up gifts for your loved ones or you simply want to spend the holidays soaking up the sun in L.A., you’ll be feeling plenty merry. Get festive in a big way at The Grove shopping and entertainment complex, where they’ve erected a 110-foot Christmas tree. Holiday revellers can enjoy an hourly snowfall every night — simulated snow, of course — as well as Christmas carols. It’s the west coast equivalent of the big tree at New York’s Rockefeller Center, and is just as inspiring a sight. And don’t forget to visit Santa’s Cottage while you’re there. Catch a holiday film at the nearby Pacific Theatres at the Globe, and their exhibit dedicated to the brand new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Shop at some of the country’s biggest and best retailers, and/or choose from one of a number of nearby eateries that are sure to satisfy. Still have questions about where to eat, shop or play? Chat with The Grove’s unparalleled concierge services for directions, suggestions, personal shopping, bag checking and so much more.

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