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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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Stay Cool

by Hilary on July 22, 2011

Let’s just accept that it’s impossible to stay cool lately. Here are 5 ways to try to chill off.

Pool Day
Gansevoort Park Ave, New York City
Plunge, a bar at the Gansevoort, has an outdoor heated pool with views of Empire State Building.

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

Gansevoort Park Ave South, NYC

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We just returned from Toronto, where we explored the largest city in Canada and discovered the ins and outs of the best hotels. We gazed at the CN Tower from our window in The Fairmont Royal York and walked steps to the hip area of Bloor Street at the luxurious Hazelton Hotel. At The Drake Hotel, a nightlife and dining hot spot, we sipped cocktails at the rooftop patio bar. And, because we’re Oyster, we’ve got photos of it all.

We’re excited to help you plan your own Toronto adventure, and look forward to sharing many more beautiful places with you in the coming year.

Go ahead — get inspired!

Toronto

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Work Out Like a Local

by Hilary on July 21, 2011

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you need to give up everything you’ve worked for. Leading a healthy lifestyle takes commitment, and showing it off on your next vacation is the cherry on top of your fit sundae. Find out which areas to work on according to which travel itch you’re having.

Traveling to: South Beach
Focus on: Belly
Where to stay: The Setai

South Beach is all about the bikinis, so having a toned tummy is ideal when strolling on the beach. The Setai, one of Miami’s most luxurious beach hotels, has three pools — each a different temperature — and a prime beachside location. To get those toned abs that’ll turn heads, try planking, side crunching, The Hundred (an amazing Pilates move), and bicycle abs. Watch your 6-pack form in no time!

The Setai, Miami

The Setai, Miami

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Let’s tackle a problem we all face: the travel lull. Airports, busses, taxis, subways… everyone knows that travelling can be taxing – especially on your waistline. In all our angst over arranging the big trip, sometimes we forget to schedule time for ourselves and our bodies. Well for those of you travelling to New York, problem solved! With the help of SELF, we’ve found the top five hotels with fantastic gyms in New York City. Read on to find out where to book your next stay!

Affinia Dumont, Gramercy and Murray Hill
Want to be sure to work out while away? Well, this motivational atmosphere won’t take no for an answer! This hotel is completely fitness themed, with fitness tips on the TV sets in the elevator, a complementary “Experience Kit” in every room, equipped with a yoga mat and videos, and a concierge who is also a personal trainer! The gym has LifeFitness equipment, weight machines, cardio machines with personal televisions – the whole nine yards.

Affinia Dumont New York

Affinia Dumont New York

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Chicago Timelapse

by Hilary on July 7, 2011

Could this timelapse video release be more perfect for Oyster’s launch of Chicago? This was filmed on a boat on Lake Michigan through the Chicago Canals. It takes place over 3 and a half hours.

On the same note, Oyster just returned from boat rides on the river as well, along with mouth-watering deep-dish pizza, and stunning illuminated skylines. Chicago, where The Bears and The Cubs are essentially a religion, the serene Lake Michigan shores are a short drive away, and museum culture is uniquely diverse, is the perfect city for both personal vacation and business travel alike. The Windy City gave us breathtaking photos we can’t wait to share with you.

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There’s nothing like water parks during summertime. The kids are ecstatic, the weather is hot, and the energy is soaring. The fun never ends at these aquatic playgrounds, so let the games begin at these 8 magical water parks. Check out our full list of water parks your kids will love >>

Nickelodeon Suites Resort  Lake Buena Vista, Orlando

Guests at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, one of Orlando’s best options for families outside of a theme park, have free access to two on-site water parks. The Oasis water park, seen here, has an Olympic-size pool, waterslides, and a kids’ play area (just note that this pool might be closed during the off season). The Lagoon water park, seen here, has a zero-depth entry pool, a four-story water tower, waterslides, two Jacuzzis, and a 400-gallon “dunk tank.”

Nickelodean Suites Resort Orlando, Florida

Nickelodean Suites Resort Orlando, Florida

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You’re planning a vacation with the family and need to find a kid-friendly resort, with beach access and babysitting service.
You’re planning your buddy’s bachelor party in Vegas and need to find the hotel that will give you the biggest party out there.
You’re planning a last minute business trip to Washington, D.C. and need to find the nicest hotel with the best price.
Oyster Shots has got you covered.

 

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The Chateau Marmont, LA

The Chateau Marmont, LA

  • WATCH
    The Chateau Marmont is starring in a new miniseries, produced by Office star John Krasinski and Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin. The miniseries, whose name is not yet been decided, will highlight Marmont high-profile celebrities that have stayed there since the 1920s. [Hotel Chatter]

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Master Bathroom at The Hydrangea Suite at the L'Auberge Del Mar

Master Bathroom at The Hydrangea Suite at the L'Auberge Del Mar, San Diego

  • RINSE
    Say bye-bye-bathtub — hotels are moving away from the bathtub and towards the even more luxurious shower. Who’s got time for a long, hot soak on the road these days? We’ve got places to go, people to see. [USA Today]

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