Sure, Labor Day has come to be synonymous with the beach and end-of-summer parties, but it’s actually a holiday with more industrious beginnings. In 1882, the first Labor Day was held in New York City to create a holiday for workers, thanks to the efforts of the Central Labor Union; the group wanted a day to allow the public to appreciate and acknowledge the work of the trade and labor organizations. Made a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day has become more and more celebratory throughout its 120 years and often features parades, music, food, and all-around festivities. Many of the biggest parades occur in smaller cities throughout the country, so if you’re still looking for something to do before we say farewell to summer, consider a trip to these locales! These eight parades are sure to make for an afternoon of family-friendly fun!
Charlotte may be a bustling city these days, but it still retains its southern charm. Freedom Park, the Rosedale Plantation, and one of the country’s best symphony and operas can all be found in this lovely North Carolina destination. The historic city will be celebrating the three-day weekend by hosting a Labor Day Parade with the theme “An old-fashioned parade, union-made!” Next Monday, the parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Hal Marshall Center. Expect to see local union floats, beauty queens, and political candidates.
Stay: Charlotte Marriott City Center
The Charlotte Marriott City Center hotel is a quick 13-minute walk to the parade starting point. The hotel boasts spacious rooms, the acclaimed Savannah Red Restaurant, and a cool cigar bar.
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Plenty of business people find themselves traveling to San Francisco for work. And while the city has plenty to offer all kinds of travelers, it can be tough for business travelers to find some time to enjoy the city’s many perks. Fortunately, we’ve gone through our database and have found the top business hotels that are perfect for mixing business and pleasure.
Ame serves delicious dishes with an Asian twist.
If you’re using the company card, you might as well eat well! And nothing impresses clients like a delicious meal. For food fanatics traveling on business, we recommend the luxurious St. Regis. With a prime location on the border of the Financial District, 15,000 square feet of meeting space, and rooms with daily newspaper delivery, large flat-screen TVs, and writing desks, its a great pick for business travelers. You can even stay up-to-date in the bathroom, where small flat-screen TVs are attached to the mirrors. And you can enjoy your downtime with some delicious grub; the hotel is home to Ame, a renowned restaurant from Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani, that has been awarded Michelin stars the last five years. 24-hour room service is also available.
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Plenty of business people find themselves traveling to New York City for work. And while New York has plenty to offer all kinds of travelers, it can be tough for business travelers to find some time to enjoy the city’s many perks. Fortunately, we’ve gone through our database and have found the top business hotels that are perfect for mixing business and pleasure.
Tennis courts at the ONE UN New York
Across the street from the UN, the ONE UN is a popular choice among diplomats and dignitaries, and thus is well-equipped for business travelers. Business-minded amenities include 7,500 square feet of meeting space, room service, a new coffee bar, and rooms with large work spaces. Sports and fitness fanatics will be particularly happy at this hotel, which boasts a 24-hour fitness center, a lap pool with an on-duty lifeguard and great city views, and an indoor tennis court; the ONE UN is the only New York City hotel to have one.
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The St. James's Hotel and Club is a top choice for business travelers in London.
Europe’s bustling capital cities always attract the suit-and-tie set, and the continent’s best business hotels cater to these travelers with great service, special features, and around-the-clock amenities. Whether you’re ironing out the details of a high stakes merger or need to be connected to all four corners of the globe at once, these impressive properties are equipped to help with your every need. Sealing the deal in Europe‘s capital cities has never been easier than at these top business hotels:
Baseball season is now in full swing (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves) and you have six months of heartbreak and/or joy — depending on your team — ahead. Taking in a game from the comfort of your living room can be nice, especially if it means saving face after an embarrassing loss (hey, Rangers!). But there’s nothing quite like taking in your team from the stands, with a hot dog and beer in hand. And there’s nothing like showing your team spirit than being there to root them on in the flesh. So whether you cheer for the Yankees (or the Mets), the Red Sox, the White Sox (or the Cubs), the Braves, the Cardinals, the Dodgers, the Marlins, the Phillies, the Giants, or the Astros, we have the perfect hotel where the die-hard fans can stay.
For: Yankees Fans, New York City
Trump International Hotel and Tower, New York City
He may have sold his penthouse apartment a few months ago, but Derek Jeter fans will still love being in a place the famed Yankee once called home: The Trump International Hotel and Tower. A luxury skyscraper with hotel rooms and residences, the Trump is one of the top spots for pre and post-game pampering, with an indoor pool, a tasty restaurant, and one of the best spas in the city. Plus, with a fabulous location on Central Park West, the hotel is less than a block from the B and D lines which will drop you off right by Yankee Stadium.
For Mets Fans: If you’re a Mets fan and can’t stand to be in the same hotel as Yankees fans (and to be honest, the stadiums aren’t that close), you may consider the Grand Hyatt. Rumored to have hosted numerous celebrity athletes (particularly during the U.S. Open), the Grand Hyatt is conveniently located next to Grand Central, where Mets fans can catch the 7 train to Citi Field in Queens. It’s also a prime location for visiting numerous must-see Big Apples sights.
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The Conrad Hotel may be in downtown Miami, but it's rooftop pool has that sexy SoBe vibe.
Taking up 17 floors of a 36-story downtown skyscraper, this Hilton luxury offshoot attracts plenty of business travelers with its location, numerous meeting rooms, and business amenities. But the Conrad understands that when you go to Miami, you have to make some time for play so the 200-room hotel strives to achieve the vibe — and provide the amenities — one would expect at a sexy South Beach resort. The result: An urban oasis. With rooftop tennis courts, a large, sleek rooftop pool surrounded by cabanas, a hip restaurant, and a gorgeous spa, the Conrad delivers. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Conrad Miami.
Business trips sometimes offer welcome changes of scenery — but long days chock-full of meetings, luncheons (where a permanent smile is required), and early-morning (or late-night!) workouts squeezed in at the hotel gym can make them downright exhausting. But if you’re lucky enough to be sent to a good destination, all the downsides can be worth the perks. Silicon Valley is a major business hub and, as such, most hotels in the area cater to those traveling for work with well-equipped gyms, up-to-date business centers, and comfortable rooms. And some also cater to those looking to let loose after a day of
schmoozing meetings. After all — work hard, play hard — right? We’ve picked our favorite business hotels in Silicon Valley where mixing business with pleasure is easily done. Check ‘em out! And then get back to partying work.
Forget the indoor gym -- the Four Seasons has a fitness cabana by the pool.
This Four Seasons reflects the legendary service and commitment to quality of the luxury brand. Upscale touches are everywhere, from the beautifully manicured grounds to the sleek wood-paneled lobby to the spacious rooftop pool (where attendants offer guests free sunscreen). The spa, pool, and Quattro restaurant are all top-notch, and the rooms are bright and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, and large flat-screen TVs.
Work: The hotel offers over 7,000 square feet of indoor meeting space, complete with ballrooms, flexible board rooms, and catering service.
Unwind: The stylish rooftop pool features private cabanas and bar service, as well as an outdoor workout area.
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It should come as no surprise that London boasts one of the best culinary scenes on the planet. After all, it’s one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. So chefs from around the globe have made this rainy corner of the world their home and created a unique restaurant scene that, despite local fare’s boring reputation, rivals those in other bustling metropolises. Simultaneously nodding to the past and playfully looking to the future, British cooking today includes both a widening scope of global culinary traditions and a rustic simplicity that pays tribute to the island nation’s roots. And it is most certainly paying off. Michelin stars abound in London nowadays, and some of the best restaurants can be found at our favorite hotels. Dig in!
Apsleys serves delicious Italian cuisine in a stunning setting.
A definite highlight of the luxurious Lanesborough is this one-starred restaurant from renowned Italian chef Heinze Beck. Apsleys was Beck’s first restaurant outside of Italy and was awarded a Michelin star faster than any other London restaurant — and with good reason. The setting itself is stunning: The Venetian-style dining room, with its glass roof and plush upholstery, is one of the most beautiful and elegant places to dine in London. The menu centers around light Mediterranean fare, such as Beck’s signature Cabonara Fagotelli, and Beck also designs three course lunch menus that change daily and five to seven course dinner menus that change seasonally. Read More »
For a lot of employees, corporate retreats are dreaded events. And for good reason: At a bad corporate retreat, you might end up singing Kumbaya in the woods with your boss or falling backwards into the arms of a coworker to “build trust.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Oyster.com, we’ve covered some resorts that provide truly awesome settings for company getaways. The daily schedule may still be in your boss’s hands, but at least the resorts will make the probability of being able to squeeze in some fun much higher.
Best Corporate Retreats for…
An AIG-Style Luxury Bash
The Hotel: St. Regis Monarch Beach, Orange County
St. Regis Monarch Beach, where AIG spent over $7,000 on golf fees alone for their executive retreat in 2008.
If you’re in the mood to party like it’s 2008, look no further than the St. Regis Monarch Beach. This is the high-end hotel where AIG reportedly spent over $400,000 on an executive retreat — less than a week after the government’s $85 billion bailout of the company. (The bill included over $23,000 in spa treatments; we guess the executives had a lot of de-stressing to do after their company nearly went down the toilet.) But hey, the times are a changin’ and 2012 has seen the return of luxury corporate retreats. So go on, celebrate the fact that your company is no longer facing imminent disaster (we hope). With a gorgeous 18-hole, ocean-view golf course, eight tennis courts, a renowned spa, an excellent business center with videoconferencing technology, and a high-tech boardroom, it’s the ideal setting for a decadent company getaway.
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Take me out to the ball game! cmannphoto/iStockPhoto
Game one of the 2012 World Series is going down tonight in San Francisco as the Giants take on the Detroit Tigers for (global?) supremacy. Though we here at Oyster are still mourning the Yanks not making the cut (we blame umpires, A-Rods, and ankles – in that order), it won’t stop us from tuning into this series with high hopes for some first-class baseball. And we’re also hoping to get the skinny on the first-class digs Verlander & Co. will be calling home during their stint in San Fran — as well which hotels are big enough to fit a roster full of Giants in Detroit. So we dug through the baseball archives and discovered the MLB’s favorite hotels while visiting these championship cities in the past. These hotels, not surprisingly, feature all kinds of ballplayer-approved amenities, including state-of-the-art fitness centers and luxe beds perfect for getting a good night’s sleep. The Giants and the Tigers definitely won’t be able to blame any lackluster performances on where they
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