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Artwork from hotel residents hangs in the lobby at Hotel Chelsea.

This summer, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. is exhibiting “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg” — a collection of photographs taken by the American poet before he achieved literary stardom. Ginsberg focused the shots on his inner circle of Beatnik friends: a clan of bohemian artists, including  William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Gregory Corso, who embodied — nay, pioneered — the counterculture of the mid-20th century. Amidst the post-war conformism (demonstrated by the massive expansion of suburbia during this time) and capitalism, these artists were proponents of sex, drugs and alternative lifestyles. Many of the “Beats,” as they were called, completed their masterpieces while residing in hotels (like the now-defunct mom-and-pop roach motel nicknamed the Beat Hotel in Paris). And many of their favorite haunts still stand — check out some Beat hangouts after the jump!

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Lobby at The Mark

When we visited The Mark hotel recently, we instantly fell in love with its stunning design. Styled by Jacques Grange, one of France’s most celebrated interior designers (and fashion icons, apparently – he made it onto Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed list in 1994), The Mark is sleek, playful and ultramodern. But Monsieur Grange isn’t our only favorite celebrity hotel stylist — after the jump, check out unique designs from household names such as Oscar de la Renta, Ralph Lauren, and Lenny Kravitz (yes, that Lenny Kravitz).

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Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Last week, we showed you some great hotel deals for Labor Day weekend in Miami. But for those of you heading to the Pacific Coast for your long weekend, we’ve thought we’d help you out by giving you a list of Los Angeles hotels that are on sale right now. And each sale we’re telling you about is for one of our favorite hotels in L.A., so you know you’re in good hands. These sales won’t last all summer, so be sure to book now if you want to enjoy your Labor Day on the beach at a reduced price.

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The beautiful Jamaica Inn has pleased guests like Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe with its charm, quiet luxury and breathtaking views.

Travel and Leisure‘s 15th-annual reader survey of the top 100 hotels was published in the August 2010 edition of the magazine, and we here at Oyster were very pleased to see that T+L readers like the Jamaica Inn — which holds the title of #37 on their list — as much as we do! When we visited, we indulged in the hotel’s quiet luxury — the large, elegant rooms that all faced the sea (every single one!), the quiet beach (sans crowds), and the romantic four-poster bed frames. But we’re not the only ones the resort has won over — it was a favorite of Hollywood stars Marilyn Monroe and Katharine Hepburn, as well as dignitaries like Winston Churchill.

Follow our photo tour of the Jamaica Inn after the jump!

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The jacuzzi at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf is family-friendly.

If you’re planning a summer getaway with the family but don’t know where to head, we highly recommend San Francisco – it’s a city chock-full of fun sights and activities for the whole clan. At Oyster, we understand that traveling with the kids can be tough. Luckily for you, we’ve identified the five hotels in San Francisco that we think are most accommodating to children and families to help ease your travel stresses. So whether it’s a spontaneous jaunt with the family or a long Labor Day weekend with kids in tow, check out our picks for the most kid-friendly hotels in San Francisco.

The rates shown below are for Labor Day weekend; feel free to click the “Book Now” button and check the rates for your travel dates, if they’re different.

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The Empire Hotel's rooftop features a bar, a pool and an old-fashioned neon sign.

The Empire Hotel's rooftop features a bar, a pool and an old-fashioned neon sign.

So you’re ready to take the plunge and tie the knot. If you’re planning a wedding, we’re willing to bet that you’ve visited your fair share of conventional wedding venues. BOR-ING.

But why not spice things up a bit? Below we’ll tell you about seven unique weddings spots around New York City that will make your celebration the absolute talk of the town. Even better? Every one of them is on a rooftop — prime real estate in this vertical city.

So whether you’re planning your own wedding or you’re just bored of all the normal weddings you’ve attended lately, check out our top picks for rooftop weddings in New York City.

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Wedding on the beach at the Melia Caribe Tropical

Wedding on the beach at the Melia Caribe Tropical

It’s summer again, which means amor is in the air. And while it seems that you’re spending the summer attending everyone’s wedding but your own, by the end of this season of love it may just turn out to be you planning the fiesta of your dreams.

So if you find yourself dreaming about saying your vows on a quiet beach while wiggling your toes in the hot, white sand, you may want to consider the Dominican Republic as your island of choice. But there are a lot of challenges involved with planning a destination wedding in a foreign country, where the normal stress of wedding planning is compounded with the pressures of taming your hair in the humidity and scrambling to remember your 8th grade Spanish. So we’ved done some legwork for you and we’ve hand-picked six resorts in the Dominican Republic that we know will take marvelous care of you – and the wedding of your dreams. So if you’re in the planning stages – or even just the dreaming stages –  of your nuptials, below we’ll tell you about our six favorite spots in the Dominican Republic to take the plunge (and we don’t mean into the ocean).

Want to see more photos of our top picks? Check out our slideshow of destination wedding hotels in the Dominican Republic.

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