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Where to stay for New York Auto Show

NYC Auto ShowThis year marks the 113th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show. Taking place March 29th – April 7th at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, the auto show will feature beautiful vehicles front and center. The New York International Auto Show was North America’s first car show, and is one of the best-attended industry events by both automakers and the general public.

Most of the world’s top automobile manufacturers will be among the 900,000 square feet of exhibitors at the show. Cars and trucks of yesterday, today and tomorrow will be on display, including concept cars and some New York world debuts.

Whether you’re looking for a guys’ getaway or want to spend time with the family in a fun, kid-friendly environment, the New York International Auto Show has no shortage of things to see and do when it comes to cars.

Our New York City Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Trump SoHo New York

The Roger

Eventi Hotel

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Miami Fashion Week in South Beach

Miami Fashion Week in South BeachFrom March 20th – 24th, Miami will once again be the epicenter of the fashion world, as the best in the business descend on the city for Miami Fashion Week. This year marks the event’s 15th anniversary, and you can be sure there will be plenty to see and do as a result.

Taking place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Fashion Week places an equal emphasis on American, Latin and international fashion. Designers from across the globe make a point of stopping at Miami Fashion Week every year to show off their lines for the coming seasons.

While attending Miami Fashion Week, be sure to check out the Culinary Style Café, which will be hosting a different celebrity chef cooking up his/her signature dishes every day. The week of events close with the Miami Moda & Music Awards, celebrating everything fashion and music in one incredible evening.

Once the events come to a close, hit South Beach’s shopping districts and pick up some designer threads of your own.

Our South Beach Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

Delano

Sagamore

Z Ocean

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Run to the Coast – Asics LA Marathon

LA Marathon Beach FinishDoing L.A. by foot can be a fun and enriching experience — from the shopping to the restaurants and nightclubs to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there’s no shortage of things to see and do. Doing 26.2 miles of L.A. by foot, however, can be a life-changing experience.

The 2013 ASICS L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 17th is one of the country’s premiere running events of its kind. Beginning at the legendary Dodger Stadium and passing through Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and more, the race finishes at the picturesque Santa Monica Pier.

Reward yourself with some pasta post-race at one of L.A.’s critically acclaimed Italian restaurants, or search out what you’re craving at one of the city’s thousands of eateries. If you’re still feeling mobile, burn off what energy you have left dancing the night away at one of the city’s nightclubs.

If you are interested in running the ASICS L.A. Marathon, act now — less than 1,000 spots remain and hotel reservations are filling up fast.

Our Santa Monica Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend:

Shutters on the Beach

Oceana Beach Club Hotel

The Huntley Hotel

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Oscar’s Party Los Angeles

OscarsThe best of the silver screen will assemble in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24th for the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre plays host to this year’s events, with Seth MacFarlane hosting the star-studded event. This year’s collection of movies is particularly strong, with no clear favorite set to run away with all the hardware.

Sure, you might not be able to get into the Oscars themselves, but don’t worry — there’s much more to the Academy Awards than just the one televised event. Oscar Week features a number of award ceremonies, parties and other shindigs that celebrate everything Oscar producers can’t cram into the main ceremonies. It always draws a cool cross-section of stars, producers and much more.

You can bet L.A.’s dining and club scenes will be buzzing over the course of Oscar Week. It’s a great time to check out some of the city’s diverse culinary options — from mainstream to quaint hole-in-the-walls. After dinner, hit one of L.A.’s legendary nightclubs, where the chances are good you’ll be rubbing elbows with Oscar royalty.

Our Los Angeles Luxury Hotel Experts Recommend

The Beverly Hilton

Hollywood Roosevelt

W Hollywood

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SCUBA DIVE IN MIAMI SOUTH BEACH

Among South Beach’s many splendid attractions diving heads the top of a few lists. Florida is the center of scuba diving in the USA, and Florida diving rules. South Beach finds itself smack dab in this divers’ paradise. Its turquoise waters offer some of the most beautiful diving in the world, with teeming marine life, shipwrecks, and reefs. The Gulf Stream gives the area warm water year round with excellent visibility and some of the best drift diving in the United States. In addition to unparalleled diving and snorkeling (and an underwater photographer’s dream site) lobstering and spear-fishing are also popular among locals and tourists alike.

 

Spear-fishing is legal in Florida, as is lobstering from late July through March. Imagine snatching your own gourmet meal on a dive. You’ll need a Florida saltwater fishing license to do it, and don’t forget to follow the laws. If you prefer the more tranquil activity of photographing, or even filming, Florida’s limpid blue waters, mangled wrecks, abundant marine life, dramatic reef formations and stirring depths will make you shutter-happy. Goliath groupers, stingrays, sharks, moray eels, urchins and turtles, soft and hard corals: you’ll run out of film before you run out of subjects.

South Beach Divers, a PADI 5-Star facility located in the heart of South Beach, offers a wide array of services for diving enthusiasts, as well as a comprehensive selection of quality merchandise. South Beach Divers professional instructors provide expert dive lessons and scuba instruction, and have certified thousands of new divers. Take a diving class or two, or indulge in a one-day dive-and-snorkel trip to Key Largo’s John Pennekamp Marine Sanctuary for an unforgettable wreck-diving adventure.

South Beach Dive and Surf Center. 850 Washington Ave Miami Beach, FL  33139 (305) 531-6110  Mon.- Sat.: 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

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The King & Grove Tides South Beach occupies an ideal Ocean Drive location, just moments from the turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Its 1930’s Art Deco period-inspired exterior stands poised in the historic Art Deco District, walking distance to Collins Avenue, Lincoln Road Mall and some of South Florida’s most acclaimed dining, nightclubs and shopping. This 4.5 star 1936 landmark hotel offers an intimate setting in one of the most vibrant beach locations in North America.

The Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach offers 5 star luxury in the exclusive area of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Where the allure of a Mediterranean villa meets oceanfront luxury, guests will find the 5 star Acqualina Resort and Spa. For two consecutive years, this beachfront hotel is the recipient of AAA’s coveted Five Diamond Resort Award. Those who want to experience Miami like a native Floridian rather than a tourist, will love the opportunity to stay in the more tranquil Sunny Isles Beach neighborhood.

Inspiring and imaginative, Dream Hotel South Beach is a true escape, a retreat to a world of fantasy where every desire is satisfied and every whim is catered to. Connecting two previously separate Art Deco buildings using an entry courtyard with wall fountains and bamboo plants, and a rooftop walkway, emerged a sophisticated boutique property.

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TREAT YOURSELF TO THE TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

New York City, April 18 – 29, 2012

Located in the fashionable downtown Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca, this festival is the spring event of choice for New Yorkers and visitors alike. Each year since its modest inception in 2002 it has grown and bloomed into a premier event with celebrities from the worlds of art, film and music appearing at its screenings and other programs. The Tribeca Film Festival draws over 3 million people to lower Manhattan, where film buffs view a variety of narrative and documentary features as well as short films, and attend its star-studded parties and informed lectures.

The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in the aftermath of 9/11. The tragedy sapped Tribeca of vitality, and the festival founders hoped to spur its economic and cultural revitalization through an annual celebration of film, music and culture. It has since showcased an eclectic variety of independent films, documentaries, narrative features, shorts, family-friendly films, panel discussions, and talks with stars of the film world.

Tribeca has recovered since the 9/11 attacks, as hip and prosperous as ever, and as the Tribeca Film Festival’s reputation has soared the quality and variety of films have improved each year. At the 2012 Festival, expect more of the same potent cocktail of celebrities in art, film, and music.

The Festival’s stated mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the film community and general public to experience the power of cinema, and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival supports emerging and established directors. Since its founding, it has screened over 1200 films from over 80 countries, and has attracted an international audience of more than 3.5 million attendees and generated an estimated $725 million in economic activity for New York City.

WHERE TO STAY: The Trump SoHo New York is surrounded by quirky galleries, upscale boutiques and fanciful restaurants, and is only a few blocks away from the Tribeca Film Festival. This 5 star hotel boasts spacious rooms, expansive city views, and book with us for complimentary upgrades until March 31st, 2012.

The Hotel Gansevoort is widely credited with transforming the Meatpacking District from gritty to fabulous. Whether to dine at Tanuki Tavern, swim in the Plunge rooftop pool, or spend a blissful day shopping the cobblestoned streets of the Meatpacking District, guests continue to flock to Gansevoort New York. Book with us for complimentary upgrades and special amenities for suite reservations.

The SoHo Grand Hotel offers an atmosphere of SoHo-chic meets 19th century elegance, and is only a few blocks from the Festival. The lobby recalls a grand train station of a bygone era with its striking metal staircase, soaring ceilings, and mosaic tiles patterning the floor. Tantalize your tastebuds with gustatory delights from The Gallery or their outdoor eatery, The Yard.

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HOTELS FOR ART-LOVERS

Art, in all its varied forms, can inspire, tranquilize, provoke, excite, or quietly move. More and more hotels understand this, embracing art and aesthetics into their overall design and decor, dropping the amateur sunsets and tepid watercolors of yore for more serious works of art. The results provide an impressive and eye-pleasing array of choices for art connoisseurs and hotel-lovers alike.

One can start with a sublime stay at New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel represents the creme of New York Art Hotels, with a lobby laden with 20th century masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, and Julian Schnabel. Gramercy offers patrons a chance to experience museum-quality art in an intimate, relaxed environment.
Gramercy Park Hotel |2 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010

The James Chicago has fostered local artistic talent since it opened, with works like the wall installation by Demarcus Purham in the lobby, and the installation “Room 28” by Joel Ross in the permanent collection. It also collaborates with the Monique Meloche Gallery and its artist-in-residence program finding work to rotate through the hotel’s other public spaces.
The James Chicago | 55 East  Ontario Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Santa Monica’s Shutters On The Beach boasts an impressive collection of lithographs, objets d’art, and original works by masters such as Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as easy access to the beach and the pier, and an award-winning restaurant serving fresh California fare.
Shutters On The Beach | One Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica CA 90405

On the shores of Miami Beach, stands The National—a singular art deco masterpiece, designed by Roy France, one of the period’s foremost architects. Totally restored in 1997, art deco oozes from the National’s pores. The hotel’s restaurant ceiling, a intricate mosaic comprised of thousands of tiny tiles, was patterned after a painting by art deco artist Tamara de Lempicka.
The National |1677 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Relaunched by Morgans Hotel Group in 2003, Shore Club resort also graces Miami Beach. Designed by British architect David Chipperfield with landscaping inspired by the rich Matisse colours of the Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, Shore Club looks and feels like art. Touches like tufted floor cushions, hand-woven tribal rugs and patterned throw pillows add a warm and textured gallery of textiles to the experience. Shore Club |1901 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL 33139

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