May 2010

Mangoes at the KCC Farmers Market

Mangoes at the KCC Farmers Market

Sure, you’ve sampled the wedge of pineapple sitting prettily atop your umbrella drink. But if you want to truly taste the flavor of the islands, your best bet is to get yourself to one of the ongoing farmers markets in Hawaii. While papaya and bananas are a year round staple, you might be surprised that most of the other tropical fruits grown here do have a season. Lychee, mango, and luscious white pineapple are available in the summer months, while avocados are more abundant during winter months. Some of Hawaii’s best farmers markets are listed below.

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Haleiwa Farmers Market – Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm, this North Shore market prides itself on being green. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags and there are often educational demonstrations about eco-friendly living. Budget accommodations are limited in this area, but the Ke Iki Beach Bungalows (with full kitchens) are nearby. If you’re based in Waikiki or Honolulu, the North Shore is a worthwhile day trip – this is the area that plays host to the big surf wave competitions.

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All-you-can-drink and a spectacular beach, for only $124 a night!

The Barcelo Bavaro Palace: all-you-can-drink and a spectacular beach for only $151 a night!

Now is the perfect time to plan a Caribbean vacation. The weather’s not yet sweltering, the spring break price hikes have come to an end, and hurricanes won’t hit the shores until July (or, more likely, August). As resorts ready themselves for the summer lull, rates drop across the board. But competition is fierce, and that’s why we’ve been able to secure some extraordinary deals on a few of our favorite all-inclusive resorts.

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Pool at The Standard DowntownThere are a lot of places to party outdoors in a city where the weather is nice year-round. But the very best — and the trendiest — spots have more to offer than booze and sunshine: A happening pool or a view of the beach is a must. Below, check out the list of L.A.’s top top poolside and beachside parties.

The Standard, Downtown helped start the hotel pool party trend, and its rooftop pool scene is still one of the city’s best: Trendy locals and visitors alike swim, drink, and tan while top D.J’s spin. Things get shaking at about 2 p.m., but you should still get there early if you want to get in. Once inside, you’ll find the hip and beautiful dressed to kill in their best bikinis and shorts, fancy cocktails a-plenty, and stunning views.

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The hip Standard New York still has rooms available during TechCrunch DISRUPT

The hip Standard New York still has rooms available during TechCrunch DISRUPT

Techies will descend upon New York City for TechCrunch’s DISRUPT conference next week, so we thought we’d help out one of our favorite blogs by creating a guide for its guests. TechCrunch may know technology and business, but we know hotels — and this city — inside and out.

Our guide helps conference attendees decide where to stay, eat, and play right near the conference. And if you’re not attending but still want some handy dandy tips for restaurants, bars, and fun things to do, by all means, dig in.

Here is Oyster’s Guide to NYC for TechCrunch DISRUPT 2010

Update: We’ve done it again — check out Oyster’s Hotel Guide to TechCrunch Disrupt 2011!

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Disney's Polynesian Resort has the best beach in Disney World

Let’s take a look at the top beaches at Disney World. Wait, what’s that you say? BEACHES? At DISNEY WORLD? In the middle of central Florida?

Yes, there are a few. They’re found at the hotels that are located on the Seven Seas Lagoon, which is the big lake just outside of The Magic Kingdom that many folks cross by ferry to get to the park. The hotels are located along the Lagoon are:

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Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex

When visiting The Big Apple, there is no reason to let your fitness regimen slide. If you don’t feel like working out in your hotel room, you can get a guest pass at one of the city’s many gyms, most of which offer a variety of fun activities ranging from racquet ball to ice hockey or rock climbing.
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South Beach, the flashy focal point of Miami, has no shortage of luxury boutique hotels. Of course, some swanky digs charge a lot more per night than others — an unsafe move at this time of year, when the big tourist crowds are in scarce supply. That’s why we’ve scoured the hotel scene to find deals at a few posh properties willing to dramatically under-value their appeal. That’s good news for savvy fringe season travelers looking to score a superb stay on the cheap, before Miami’s summertime swamp weather sets in.

One of South Beach's sexiest hotels, The Mondrian, just got even more attractive: It's about half the price of comperable hotels.

One of South Beach's sexiest hotels, The Mondrian, is now more attractive: It's about half the price of comparable hotels.

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The Old Mint is hosting an exhibit, "From Earth to 5-Star"

San Francisco’s grand classical Greek Revival-style Old Mint once held one-third of the nation’s gold reserves.

This month, those hallowed halls, where more than $50 million in coins were once produced annually, will showcase valuables of a different sort — an exhibit and presentations of the Bay Area’s storied food history.

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Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

Raffles L'Ermitage Beverly Hills

You can sit on the john in any hotel room in any city, but in a city like Los Angeles you can sit on the john in style. Bathrooms in L.A. are among the nicest around, because designers know that in a town this glamorous, they need to go the extra mile to stand out.

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As a result, bathrooms in L.A. — like the people, like the cars, like the homes — are downright fun to look at, which is why we’re showing you a whole slew of bathroom photos below. Some of the bathrooms are sleek and sexy, exhibiting high design (like those at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills) while others are quaint and pretty (like those at Shutters on the Beach). But they all have one thing in common: they’re all among the best hotel bathrooms in the city.

You can find the below photos plus plenty more in our full slideshow of the best hotel bathrooms in Los Angeles.

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“Luxury” and “value” don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Sure, if you could afford it, you’d stay at The Setai in a heartbeat — but at over $550 a night, it just might not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get pampered like an A-lister. At the Hotel Victor and the Angler’s Boutique in South Beach, you’ll get style and features that are comparable to those at some of Miami’s priciest luxury properties. Not the same, mind you, but similar enough that — like a really good designer knock-off — you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference.

Can’t afford The Setai? Stay at The Hotel Victor

A luxury spa? Check. A trendy restaurant? Check. Inventive, mood-lit design? Check. The Hotel Victor has a lot of the same luxury draws as The Setai — for a heck of a lot less.

The Setai: $556/night

The Setai: $556/night

The Hotel Victor, $235/night

The Hotel Victor, $235/night

Hotel Victor:

  • Price*: $235/night, versus $556 at The Setai
  • You save: $321/night
  • Super sale dates: Stay June 13-17 for $194/night.

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