November 2011

Everyone promised that you would have skiing down in no time, right? Instead, you got stuck on the “Magic Carpet” and could barely manage the “pizza” while ski-clad tots were gracefully whizzing past you. Trust us, we’ve been there. But after many failed attempts at tricky ski maneuvers like getting off the ski-lift without face planting, we’ve learned a new trick: how to find the coolest non-skiing activities in ski towns. In fact, ski towns have a lot more to offer than just the slopes — we promise! So for those of you who got roped into a ski-centric vacation, check out our favorite non-skier activities in nine ski destinations below.

Vail

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort

The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort

Ice-skate: If you’d rather not hit the slopes, ice-skating is a great way to still get outdoors and get your heart rate pumping. There is an ice-skating rink right out the front door of The Arrabelle in Vail Square, with views of the slopes, the village, and the massive Christmas tree.

The Sebastian - Vail

The Sebastian - Vail

Go on a Dogsled Tour: While your friends are out enjoying the fresh powder on the slopes, you can be too — but in the comfort of a horse, er, dog-drawn sleigh. Winterhawk Dogsled Adventures runs daily tours in Alaskan husky-drawn sleds; the basic tour explores the expansive grounds of the historic 4 Eagle Ranch, while adventure tours run across more remote terrain at a higher altitude. The concierge at The Sebastian can arrange a tour for you, even ahead of your stay.

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Carolina on November 29, 2011

The ice rink at The Standard New York just opened for the season

The ice rink at The Standard New York just opened for the season

  • FLOOD
    Please don’t stop the music, but please do stop the bath taps. Singer Rihanna forgot to turn off the faucets in her tub and flooded her $3,000-a-night suite at The Savoy in London. The room was damaged, but reparable, an inside source said. [Hotel Chatter]

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We’ve compiled the hotels that offer the best shopping to guests — so that you have a mid-shopping retreat, right on-site.

The Mandarin Oriental, Boston

The Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Besides the in-room Playstation 3s, massive Spa by Mandarin and a welcome beverage for travel-weary arriving guests, the Mandarin Oriental is literally attached to the Prudential Center Mall, one of Boston’s most popular shopping destinations. Read More »

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Foto Friday: The Great Outdoors

by Zach on November 25, 2011

Ah, winter: that special time of year when short days and freezing cold weather combine forces to keep most people locked up indoors. But with early onset cabin fever approaching, you might want to consider rediscovering the great outdoors with one of our newest locations: Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It’s home to the vast, untouched natural beauty of Yellowstone Park and some of the most challenging skiing in the country. Expect breathtaking views, fantastic dining, fun nightlife and the occasional moose sighting. For outdoorsmen and city slickers alike, the experience is unparalleled.

 

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Travel Tuesday: What’s New?

by Carolina on November 22, 2011

Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas

Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas, where Prince Harry was spotted dancing last Saturday with a mystery woman

  • PARTY
    Like a prince. Princess Diana’s younger son Prince Harry partied hard in Vegas last weekend, and he chose some of the top hotel clubs for boozing (and at one, dancing real close with a mystery woman!). [USA Today]

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New York’s Most Stylish Hotels

by Hilary on November 22, 2011

These hotels are the most fashionable, stylish, trendy, and the all-around best Vogue-esque vibe you can get.

Trump SoHo

Donald Trump’s first hotel in downtown New York has the attention to detail and hands-on service you’d expect from a Trump property, but the slightly hipper vibe and great SoHo location cater to a younger set. The exclusive, celebrity-filled Kastel bar, pricey Quattro restaurant, luxurious spa, and seasonally open pool are the hotel’s main features.

Trump SoHo

Trump SoHo

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We all TiVoed Kim Kardashian’s wedding on E! – wait, you didn’t? Oh, um, us neither – and, just a couple of weeks later, read the tabloids announcing that Kim had filed for divorce. But what of those 72 days of magical (or not so magical) marital bliss? How will we ever know what really happened, what led to the demise of this match-made-in-reality-heaven couple? Well have no fear, C-list celebrity junkies, producer Ryan Seacrest has come to the rescue again. Because just two days after the honeymoon, Kim and Kris jetted off to New York City to film the new season of “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” premiering on E! on November 27th.

The Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel

The Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel

Over a few months in NYC, camera crews caught everything that went down between Kris and Kim, who shared a luxurious penthouse suite at the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel with Kim’s sister Kourtney, and Kourtney’s boyfriend and son. And a lotta the action took place right in their hotel room. Were the close quarters the cause? Or perhaps the hip party scene at the hotel’s bar led one to stray? Whatever happened, we’ll find out soon. But one thing we do know: the Gansevoort Park hotel is where Kris and Kim’s marriage went to die. Check out the scene of the crime below!
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Foto Friday: Caption This

by Hilary on November 18, 2011

Here is our attempt: Who needs a diving board when you’ve got a mountain to jump off of?

Pool at the Capella Pedregal

Pool at the Capella Pedregal, Los Cabos, Mexico

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Who doesn’t love a spa day? We know how nice it is to put your feet up and be pampered for a day — or for an entire vacation! But we also know that not all spas are for everyone. Maybe you want a one-with-nature, rustic experience or perhaps glitz and glam is more your thing. Either way, there’s a spa that’ll make you say “ah” and we’ve found some great options for every type of spa-goer we know. Check them out!

High Design

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

Spa at the Viceroy Miami

If Phillipe Starck is the mastermind behind it, you know its going to be cutting-edge cool and that’s just what the spa at the Viceroy Miami delivers. The 28,000-square-foot spa features 10 treatment rooms, redwood saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, a media screening room, and a water lounge with marble floors, three jacuzzis, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the bay.
Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

Immersion Spa at The Water Club at Borgata

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Oyster’s got its ski suit and earmuffs on — we’re ready for ski season. We have been working tirelessly scoping out all the best ski destinations for you to hit the slopes in style. These hotels are the best of the best, whether it’s value, luxury, kid-friendly, or location, you will have a sleigh ride to remember. Check it out!

Vancouver, Canada

Find Out: The Best Boutique Hotels in Vancouver

Loden Hotel Vancouver, Canada

Loden Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

In a bustling coastal metropolis that uniquely offers views of both the mountains and the sea, a boutique hotel is just what you need to come home to in Vancouver. These small, intimate properties make you feel relaxed; whether you decide to stay on the women’s-only floor at The Georgian Court Hotel or indulge in the subtle earth tones, floor-to-ceiling windows, and decadent marble bathrooms at the Loden Hotel.
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