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Did you know Mark Twain wrote two of his books in The Willard Washington D.C. hotel? Or that The Plaza in New York City was the setting for Barefoot in the Park, with a young Jane Fonda and Robert Redford? Some of the coolest, most historic hotels still stand today. While some of them have undergone drastic cosmetic alteration, many, surprisingly, have hardly changed at all.

Please note: All historic photos can be credited to the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs database.

The Willard Washington D.C.

It’ll be hard to find a more interesting historic hotel in the States. It was in this very hotel that Mark Twain wrote two of his books in the early 20th century. A staple in D.C. culture, The Willard used to be referred to as the “center of Washington” by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. created a draft of his “I Have a Dream” speech while staying in a room here. Other notable guests include Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, and multiple presidents.
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Cheeseburgers. Fries. Pizza. What do these three foods have in common? Kids love ‘em. It’s hard to get young’ns to branch off from the culinary basics that are virtually guaranteed to be delicious. Thankfully, these restaurants and hotels have done a spectacular job at making innovative, delectable menus, or just really fun eating atmospheres — specifically with kids in mind.

What: Spectacular room service

Where: Four Seasons Washington D.C.

Sometimes the most difficult part of feeding the family is just getting there, where ever that may be. At Four Seasons Washington D.C., the meals can come to you. For kids – celery sticks with raisins and peanut butter, chicken kebabs on jasmine rice, pepperoni and cheese calzones. For babies – organic baby food and organic teething biscuits. So whether you’ve got infant-, toddler-, or elementary-aged bellies to fill, you can kick back and relax while room service takes care of the rest.
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This week one of our editors spent a few days hopping between Phoenix news stations, talking about Oyster and our Photo Fakeouts. Below are clips from the trip. Enjoy, and happy travels!

NBC

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Some crave steep snowy peaks. Others bask in a bustling metropolis. And some want a labyrinth of reefs, streaked in bright blues, yellows, and reds, swarming with bizarrely beautiful undersea creatures. For those aqua-oriented souls, we’ve compiled a list of Oyster’s top scuba diving destinations (note: more to come in the near future!).

Costa Rica

Don’t let Costa Rica’s small size fool you. It’s packed with spectacular marine life and an abundance of diving spots. Its beaches boast some of the sea’s most colorful creatures, both big and small. With cooler, nutrient-rich waters, divers often see dolphins, whale sharks, and humpback whales. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, Cocos Island, an uninhabited island more than 300 miles off the coast, is one of the world’s most-treasured diving spots, with oodles of Hammerhead, ray, and dolphin sightings. It’s normal to see dozens or even hundreds of these animals on every dive. If you’re traveling between December and mid-April, make sure to pack some exposure protection, as water temps have been known to dip relatively low.

Playa Virador at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Where to stay:

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa

Hilton Papagayo Costa Rica Resort & Spa

 

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With New York’s recent legalization of gay marriage, same-sex couples from all over are flocking to tie that much-anticipated knot. Ironically, one of the most important aspects of getting married is what comes the week or so after you say “I do” – the honeymoon. Here are some of our top honeymoon destinations and hotels, LGBT style.

San Francisco

San Francisco just happens to be one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. and one of the country’s leaders in equal rights. The pastel houses sprinkled on the hills lead to a breathtaking view of the Bay, which is encased in steep mountain crests. This foggy city has long been famous for its liberalism and political activism, as it’s the epicenter of gay rights movements. With a multiplicity of gay-owned businesses and households, it’s difficult to find a street without a rainbow flag being proudly displayed.

Where to stay:

Clift

Also:

Hotel Rex

The Huntington Hotel

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New York recently became the sixth and largest state to legalize gay marriage. This historic occasion is likely to turn the Big Apple into a hot spot wedding destination for same-sex couples across the country, and we thought it would be fitting to post some of the city’s best places to say “I do.” Take a look at our top wedding hotel picks below.

The Plaza

The Plaza

For a romantic, iconic wedding locale, the Plaza is hard to beat. The in-house wedding planner, Emily Reifel, is the best of the best, and can arrange everything from hair and makeup, to photographers, to florists (and more). And after a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, the Grand Ballroom Foyer is as grand as ever. The 24-hour butler service ensures that couples feel pampered post I-dos: the butler can unpack luggage, stock the room’s private bar, and draw baths.

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