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Warm up: Beautiful hotel fireplaces around the USA

Baby, it’s cold outside! Check out my piece on USAToday.com all about fireplaces and where you can warm up this winter!

new york city’s on sale!

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If you’re planning to visit New York City between January 3 and January 12, 2014, you’re in luck! Nearly 30 of the city’s best hotels are participating in Hotel Week NYC with rates of $100, $200 and $300 for incredible savings to you! Check out these deals, all in NYC!

$300/night

  • The James New York (SoHo): $300/night. Book online or call +1 (888) 526-3778 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Thompson LES (Lower East Side): $300/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (212) 460-5300 and mention Hotel Week.

$200/night

  • Ace Hotel (Flatiron, Chelsea): $200/night. Book online or call +1 (212) 679-2222 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Casablanca Hotel Times Square: $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (212) 869-1212 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Gansevoort (Park Ave, Kips Bay, Murray Hill, Gramercy, Midtown East): $200/night. Book Online or call +1 (212) 317-2900 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Hotel Americano (Chelsea): $200/night. Book online and enter Hotel Week.
  • Hotel Chandler (Flatiron): $200/night. Book online, or call +1 (866) 627 7847 or +1 (212) 889 6363 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Hotel Elysee (Midtown East): $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (212) 753-1066 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Hotel Giraffe (NoMad): $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (212) 685-7700 and mention Hotel Week.
  • The Jade Hotel Greenwich Village: $200/night. Book Online or call +1 (212) 375-1300 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Kitano New York Hotel (Murray Hill, Empire State, Times Square):  $200/night. Book Online or call +1 (212) 885-7000 and mention Hotel Week.
  • Library Hotel (Midtown, Grand Central): $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (212) 983-4500 and mention Hotel Week.
  • The Maritime Hotel (Chelsea): $200/night. Book Online or call +1 (212) 242-4300 and mention Hotel Week
  • THE OUT NYC**(Hell’s Kitchen): $200/night. Book Online or call +1 (646) 527-7918 and mention Hotel Week. Breakfast and 2 cocktails at KTCHN included.
  • Refinery Hotel New York (Fashion District): $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTELWEEK or call +1 (646) 664-0310 and mention Hotel Week.
  • The Roger New York (Madison Square Park): $200/night. Call +1 (888) 448-7788 or +1 (212) 448-7000 and mention Hotel Week NYC 2014 or email reservations@therogernewyork.com.
  • Sanctuary Hotel NYC (Times Square): $200/night. Book online and enter code HOTWK or call +1 (212) 234-7000.

$100/night

it’s a hotel tradition

 

Traditions surround us: brides wearing white for their weddings. Kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland. Throwing a coin in Rome’s Tivoli Fountain so that you’ll return. It’s fun when hotels develop a tradition of their own, too. Here are a few hotel traditions that you can take part in, from Florida to Hawaii to Guatemala.

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The Sunset Bell at Sandpearl Resort

Back when the Clearwater Beach Hotel resided where the Sandpearl Resort (Florida) is now, the ringing of a bell called guests to supper. Every evening at sunset, the ring it made meant different things to different people. To some, it signified the end of a day lounging in the crystal blue water. To others, it signified another delicious meal. Nowadays, a different guest (usually a child) is chosen each evening by the resort’s mascot, “Ridley the Turtle,” to ring the bell. It is done in tribute to the day’s passing and the evening’s future. 

Photo courtesy of Sandpearl Resort.

MarcoIsland_fireNightly Sunset Celebration at Marco Island Marriott Brings the Fire 

Every night at sunset guests of the Marco Island Marriott (Florida) and patrons of Quinn’s restaurant can enjoy an incredible spectacle on the beach. At the start of sundown one guest is selected from the crowd to bang the gong. The sound of the gong symbolizes the start of the performance: a Polynesian fire dancer honors sunset each night with a traditional blowing of a conch shell while entertaining guests with a 15-minute fire dance on the resort’s private beach.   

Photo courtesy of Marco Island Marriott.

sheraton maui cliff divingCliff Diving at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa 

Across the country and the Pacific Ocean, the Sheraton Maui ends each day with a Cliff Dive Ceremony. As the sun begins its slow dive into the ocean, torch lighting signals the nightly ritual of Lele Kawa (cliff diving). Legend tells us the last chief of Maui, Kahekili (Thunderer), proved his spiritual strength by leaping from sacred Pu’u Keka’a to the Pacific. With sunset painting the sky, a young cliff diver honors his heritage each evening by re-tracing footsteps in the sand on Kaanapali Beach. A chant of old Hawai’i begins the progression of our warrior; the echo of the conch shell announces his arrival. He leaves a trail of glowing torches surrounding the lagoon as he makes his way to Black Rock. Upon reaching the summit, he offers his torch to the ocean below, casts his flower lei into the sea, and finally takes the breathtaking dive from Black Rock into the rolling surf below.

Photo courtesy of Sheraton Maui.

worry-dollWorry Dolls at Casa Palopo, Guatemala

In addition to the traditional chocolate on your pillow, Casa Palopo gives each guest a set of miniature, handmade Worry Dolls. Before going to bed, tell one worry to each of the dolls (they come five to a pouch), then place the dolls under your pillow. According to legend among the Guatemalan highlands, the dolls will take your worries away while you sleep. 

Photo courtesy of BuriedMirror.com.

I’m running out to get a worry doll right now…

Have you come across a hotel tradition that you took home with you?

 

celebrate an endless summer

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There’s essentially a month left of summer vacation, but the savings don’t end when school starts back up. Select JW Marriott, Autograph Collection Hotels, Renaissance, Marriott Resorts and Gaylord Hotels in Florida, California, Hawaii, the South, Southwest and Northeast are offering Endless Summer packages.

Available for stays through October 31, 2013 that are booked by Sept. 25, the Endless Summer packages include a room upgrade and up to $100 resort credit.

For more information on the following savings and to reserve, visit www.EndlessSummerSpecial.com and enter promo code ZX0. Hotels and resorts participating in Endless Summer include:

Florida

  • Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa
  • Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
  • Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort & Marina
  • JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes – rates from $229/night
  • Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort
  • Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, Golf Club & Spa
  • Orlando World Center Marriott  
  • Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
  • Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®
  • The Renaissance Vinoy® Resort & Golf Club
  • Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa
  • Turnberry Isle Miami, Autograph Collection

 California

  • Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa
  • JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa – rates from $159/night
  • JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live – rates from $349/night
  • Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Hawaii

  • JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa – rates from $349/night
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Kauai Marriott Resort
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
  • Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Northeast

  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

South

  • Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott
  • Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
  • The Inn at Opryland, A Gaylord Hotel
  • Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
  •  JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa – rates from $349/night

Southwest

  • JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa – rates from $169/night
  • JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa – rates from $159/night
  • JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa – rates from $134/night
  • JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa – rates from $149/night
  • Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa

For more information on these savings and to reserve, visit www.EndlessSummerSpecial.com and enter promo code ZX0.