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Oftentimes a movie, TV show, or music video can suck you in with its gorgeous sets and shooting locations. They can feel so real, you  just wish you could be there. Well, you probably can’t live the fictional lives portrayed on the big and small screen (and sometimes, you probably don’t wan t to), but you can catch a bit of the magic with a visit to the set locations. We’ve found some real-life places that set the scene for some of our favorite on-screen moments.

Mad Men Goes For Drinks at P.J. Clarke’s in New York City

New York City, 1 Aug 08

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Mad Men is an amazing show for many reasons, including it’s incredibly detailed portrayal of the 1960s in New York City. When Peggy gets promoted to a copywriter position, she invites everyone for a round of drinks at P.J. Clarke’s. This landmark New York pub has been around since the 1800s and it is still a popular after-work spot. Back in the day, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra were frequent patrons.

Where to stay: The Waldorf Towers

The Waldorf Towers occupies the top floors of the iconic Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown East. It is an exclusive boutique with 117 classic, individually decorated rooms, some of which have a rich history of famous guests and long-term residents. Most amenities are shared with its sister property — including the great (but pricey) restaurants, high-end Guerlain Spa, and beauty salon — but the hotel has its own lobby, fitness center, elevators, and concierges.

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Hotel Ella, Austin, Texas

Hotel Ella, Austin, Texas

If there’s one word that can describe the ethereal beauty and warm ambiance of the South, it’s charming. And what better way to celebrate this corner of the United States than by reveling in a little bit of history during your visit? These mansions — most of them dating back to the 1800s — represent the epitome of Southern charm. So pack your bags and head for the Mason-Dixon Line: It’s time for some proper front porch sittin’.

 

 

 

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff is a romantic spot in Carolina Lowcountry.

Romance is alive and well below the Mason-Dixon line, where Southern charm makes everything seem more bewitching. Couples looking for a romantic getaway will be satisfied no matter their taste, considering that the region boasts both gorgeous antebellum mansions and modern luxury stays. Choosing the most romantic spots, then, is quite a difficult task, but we think we’re up to the challenge. From intimate city boutiques to sprawling Lowcountry estates, here are some of our favorite hotels in the South that are just the trick in the romance department.

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The Junior Suite at the Pavillon de la Reine; Paris, France

The Junior Suite at the Pavillon de la Reine; Paris, France

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Pavillon de la Reine’s special Valentine’s Day package includes a padlock inscribed with the couples’ names that they can lock to Le Pont des Arts bridge.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac now offers free BMW rides to all its guests staying three or more nights.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski was seen dancing shirtless at the Wynn Las Vegas the night of the Super Bowl.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The most expensive spa treatment at The Beverly Hills Hotel’s spa is a 90-minute White Caviar Illuminating Facial that includes a cellular three-minute peel.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta has just started offering a guaranteed 24-hour stay, meaning guests don’t have to check out at 11 a.m. anymore and can enjoy the room for a full 24 hours.

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The luxe Hazelton Hotel wants its guests to be comfortable — no matter the cost.

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Hazelton Hotel in Toronto recently installed a handcrafted bed from Hastens that costs almost 30 times the price of a week-long stay in the hotel’s Superior Guest Room.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? During Tom Cruise’s recent visit to the Forza Mare Hotel in Croatia, the film star requested that the hotel clear itself of all guests so he might enjoy a more private stay.

3.FACT OR FAKEOUT?  Guests at New York City’s iconic Bemelman’s Bar at The Carlyle were treated to an impromptu jazz performance from Mariah Carey last weekend.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Reporters covering last week’s Democratic National Convention had a lot more to worry about than the return of Clint Eastwood’s chair: Hotels in Charlotte were reamed by reporters across networks for hosting everything from bedbugs to drug dealers during their stay.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? VH1′s next Vegas reality show is pitting model against model at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in which contestants have to complete Vegas-inspired stunts (think swimming with sharks at Mandalay or sleeping with the lions at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino) to win a spokesmodel contract with the hotel.

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Junior Suite at the Singapore Marriott Hotel; Singapore

Junior Suite at the Singapore Marriott Hotel -- wouldn't you *love* staying here? We def would.

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Marriott Rewards Elite Platinum Elite members now get automatic upgrades into a suite at most Marriott-brand hotels in Asia-Pacific.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Stephen Baldwin recently saved a woman who was having an epileptic seizure at The Peninsula New York’s bar.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Hilton Hotels has just unveiled a limited-edition pair of slippers by designer Vivienne Tam that cost the same as the best available rate on a weekend night at the Hilton Charlotte City Center.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A low-cost Vietnamese airline has been fined $960 for an in-flight bikini dance show.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? An employee at the Omni San Diego Hotel was recently caught installing a hidden camera inside one of the hotel’s public bathrooms.

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The Best Road Trips is a weekly summer series highlighting our favorite getaways from major cities all over the United States.

If you live in Charlotte, you know that there is more to this city than just a booming business district. The Queen City, naturally, has also proved to be a highly-cultured one, with both a symphony and opera that are each among the best of their respective fields in the nation. And, there are plenty of other sights and museums in Charlotte that are available to keep locals busy. But there’s definitely something to be said for getting out of the city and hitting the dusty trail for some new and some far – but still within driving distance, of course – destinations. So, get your bags packed and hop in the car: We’ve got some miles to cover.

Road Trip #1: Charlotte to Charleston, SC

Charleston is all about old-school Southern charm, dahlingg.

Charleston is all about old-school Southern charm, dahlingg.

  • Total Driving Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Distance Covered: 209 miles
  • Take This Trip If: You’re searching for some good ‘ole Southern charm.
Front Porch at The Jasmine House Inn

We just want to sit back and relax on the front porch at The Jasmine House Inn.

Courtyard at the Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District

Here's the Courtyard at the budget-friendly Hampton Inn Charleston-Historic District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Charlotte is the “New South,” Charleston must be the “Old South.” It’s no wonder why some of the most popular romance novels — Dear John, The Notebook, The Last Song — have been set in or near the city of Charleston. Between the horse-drawn carriages, the colorful gardens, and the historic architecture, Charleston exudes old-world charm. Plus, the city’s height restriction ordinance has kept the downtown skyline relatively low, giving Charleston a small-town vibe. Its streets are ideal for walking, and almost always move at a quiet, relaxed pace. If you’re aiming for the ultimate historic experience, the Jasmine House Inn is the perfect choice. Housed in a beautifully renovated mansion dating to 1843, the Inn’s 12 rooms have all the charm of a B&B and the comforts of an upscale hotel, plus great freebies such as continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres. For a more budget-conscious option, stay at the Hampton Inn Historic District. It has a perfectly nice outdoor pool and a cozy lobby with plenty of seating and a fireplace to cozy up next to with someone you love.

  • Top Driving Tip: It’s nearly an hour out of the way, but many road-trippers like to swing by Congaree National Park on their way down to Charleston by switching over to US-601 after hitting Columbia. The park features scenic rivers for canoeing, as well as beautiful plant growth.

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A glass (or a ton) or liquid cement, anyone?

Anyone care for a glass (or a ton) of liquid cement at New York's Le Parker Meridien?

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Knave at Le Parker Meridien has been shut down since liquid concrete from the construction site next door flooded the café last week.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A couple dozen Jedis stormed the Renaissance Austin Hotel to protest the hotel’s rejection of a plan to hold a Star Wars exhibit.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The corporation owned by Ernest Hemingway’s family just announced it will build luxury hotels and resorts around the world in the next few years.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino just opened the largest candy store in the world.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte is offering a series of daycamps in which teens 15 to 18 will learn the basics of baking.

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