August 2010

Street at the Rockhouse Hotel

Many hotels make efforts to be environmentally conscious. But a couple of special properties deserve to be recognized for a different kind of contribution: for increasing their social consciousness. Both the Rockhouse Hotel in Jamaica and the Betsy Hotel in Miami make outstanding philanthropic efforts, and are actively helping to improve the quality of life of residents in underserved communities around the globe. Read More »

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Aura Restaurant in the Seaport Hotel

Do you enjoy eating delicious food and traveling with your family?  Like many travelers, I enjoy dining out at nice restaurants while on vacation, but since I often travel with my young kids, it’s something I usually have to forgo.  With the Fine Dining “Family-Style” program at the Aura Restaurant in the Seaport Hotel, foodies don’t have to choose between fine dining and family time. 

About once a month (or every other month), Aura Restaurant offers a special fine dining event for families, with a prix-fixe menu for $35 per adult and $20 per child.  The menu, which rotates monthly, includes items that appeal to parents, like lamb ribs and salmon, as well as items that appeal to kids, like macaroni and cheese and all-natural hot dogs. 

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View of the Washington Monument at the Mall

As our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. is unsurprisingly chock-a-block with museums — like the can’t-miss National Gallery of Art, National Museum of Natural History, and National Portrait Gallery — so some visitors can’t help but forget about D.C.’s “great outdoors.” But the capital city is actually very green with numerous parks and open woodsy areas along the Potomac River. Better yet, temperatures remain in the high 60s through October, so the outdoorsy season in D.C. is longer than at some other destinations along the East Coast. So pack a light jacket (or a parka if you plan on making a mid-winter trip) and head to our nation’s capital for some outdoor fun — below are our favorite D.C. outdoor activities and the hotels that are convenient to each.

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Display case at SusieCakes

Find irresistible cupcakes, whoopie cakes and other classic cakes at the new SusieCakes bakery, which a few months ago opened its first San Francisco location in the Marina district — a short hop from the Hilton at Fisherman’s Wharf. This is the second outpost of the Los Angeles bakery that has opened up north — the Greenbrae branch in Marin County debuted in January.

For more sweets, enjoy a taste of Hawaii at Two Embarcadero Center in San Francisco, an easy stroll from the Hyatt Regency.

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Entrance at Metropole South Beach

On this season of MTV’s Jersey Shore, the cast escapes a blustery winter on the Shore and migrates south, shacking up at the Metropole South Beach in Miami. The 42-suite boutique property did not accept reservations “due to high demand” while the show was filming earlier this year, but now that Jersey Shore has returned to, well, the Jersey Shore, the hotel is open for business once again. So if you’re planning a hair-gelling, GTL-ing, fist-pumping good time, here’s the situation you can expect to find at the Metropole.

Check out our photos of the Metropole South Beach!

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The iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

If you’re looking to get away for Labor Day, don’t fret — some of our favorite hotels are on sale now for the holiday weekend. We’ve already told you about our great finds in Miami and Los Angeles, but if you’re looking to cable-car your way down Lombard Street or visit iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Haight-Ashbury, you’re covered now, too — check out our favorite San Francisco hotels that are on sale now for Labor Day and book today! Read More »

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Top Five Boston Brunches

by Meghan Malloy on August 18, 2010

 

Croque-monsieur at Gaslight

1.) Masa

Masa’s Southwestern twist to brunch adds a kick and loads of flavor to your morning — in my opinion, it has THE best brunch in Boston. The Spicy Bloody Masa — a Bloody Mary made with tequila instead of vodka — and the prix-fixe menu are a great way to kick off the day. Try the Santa Fe-style Eggs Benedict and dream about it for days to come… 439 Tremont Street, Boston; (617) 338-8884 Read More »

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Magic Kingdom at Disney World

August is here, which means fall is coming. And yes, believe it or not, fall even comes to Disney World.

Autumn is the time when everything starts slowing down as winter creeps closer. And things slow down at Walt Disney World, too, which makes it a great time to visit the world’s top family tourist destination, see one of the world’s top hotels (like Disney’s Grand Floridian), and enjoy the wonder of Florida in the fall.

What’s so great about Disney World in the fall? Let’s see …

No Crowds

Disney World crowds can be very annoying, and summer means big crowds every day. On a slow day in the summer, 60,000 guests will be in the Magic Kingdom alone. That all changes when autumn rolls around. On typical day in September or October, the Magic Kingdom will have around 35,000 guests. That may sound like a lot, but it’s only half of what it could be.

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Entrance at The Plaza

Fashion Week is about to descend upon us (and by “us,” I mean the city of New York) again — but this time, all of the designers, models, and celebrities (and the media frenzy that follows) will swarm around Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center instead of Bryant Park, where the iconic, white-tented event had previously been held since 1994. For this year’s Fall 2010 Fashion Week (which, confusingly, was held in February), we brought you six Fashion Week hotels to suit your style. But we expect that your style may have changed since then, so we have prepared a new list of hotels that will fit your fancy for September’s Spring 2011 Fashion Week. And if you like what you see, book with us! Read More »

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A tennis court at Millennium UN Plaza

It’s that time of year: Tennis fans are descending on the Big Apple to catch the 2010 US Open Grand Slam tournament, taking place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Aug. 30 to Sept. 12. If you never miss a televised game and have posters of Roger Federer and Dinara Safina taped above your bed, this might include you. If you don’t know much about tennis but think Andy Roddick and/or Maria Sharapova are oh so dreamy, and want to mix tennis viewing with Broadway shows and great restaurants, this might include you, too. While the tennis stars have been prepping on the courts, we’ve prepped by compiling a list of hotels for every type of fan, and they’re all convenient to the 7 subway line that heads to the tennis center (get off at Mets-Willets Point Station in Queens). So if you find one that suits your fancy, book today on Oyster.com and you can sleep soundly knowing that soon enough you’ll be in the same arena as the likes of Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, and (maybe) Brookyln Decker. Read More »

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