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A Different Way to Saddle Up at The Alisal Guest Ranch

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  Site Where: 1054 S. Alisal Road [map], Solvang, CAa, United States, 93463
October 14, 2014 at 5:22 PM | by | ()

The last time HotelChatter checked in on the Alisal Guest Ranch, we were taking in the scenery of the working cattle ranch, just outside of Solvang, Calif., on horseback. But now, you can cruise around the scenic Santa Ynez Valley in a quicker way--by cycling.

The Alisal Guided Cycling Package includes a two-night stay for two people in a studio room at the resort; breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, a welcome basket, two guided rides a day, Alisal logo cycling jerseys (whoa, they mean business!), and two massages at The Alisal Spa. Guests will also have access to all the other activities at the resort like horseback riding, golf (green fees included), tennis and fishing at the 100-acre spring-fed Alisal Lake. (See why it's an especially great spot for families here.)

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Where To Stay For The Tour De France's Opening In Leeds

June 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM | by | ()

42 The Calls

If you’re not completely sported out by the World Cup, may we remind you that the Tour de France is kicking off next month – and, for the first time ever, it’s starting in Yorkshire (yes, as in Yorkshire, England. Long Story. Not that uncommon. Don't ask).

The opening ceremony – the Tour’s biggest to date – takes place July 3 in Leeds, and tickets are still available from £50.75.

So where are you going to stay?

Leeds is full of gorgeous hotels, from your Malmaisons and Novotels (yes, even the Novotel is snazzy in Leeds) to ones of a kind like 42 The Calls, in an 18th-century converted corn mill, and The New Ellington, a swish, boutiquey kind of place. It also has a proper grande dame in the shape of The Queens. All are showing availability for under £100 for the night of the opening ceremony.

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Hilton Burlington's Mounted Cat is a Slightly Different Biker Bar

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  Site Where: 60 Battery St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
May 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

Bike maintenance stations get your Huffy purring.

Introducing: a biker bar where you’re more likely to wear Birkenstocks than leather boots.

Vermont visitors will find that the 258-room Hilton Burlington has rolled out a new lobby restaurant, The Mounted Cat, which is sure to gain traction with local cyclists. That’s because it’s located adjacent to the Burlington bike path, and boasts two “maintenance stations” offering free help to bikers in need: a handful of common tools for tune-ups, plus an air station. There’s also covered bike parking and complimentary water bottle fill-ups. Suddenly, “ride-sharing” has a whole new meaning. (Cue: “aw!” chorus and schmaltzy Full House music.)

But bikers may want to spend more time at The Mounted Cat than just the few minutes needed to tighten that doohickey or adjust the thingamajig. (We are very serious bikers here at HotelChatter, guys.) The curiously named restaurant evokes a modern farmhouse – you know, the kind where “reclaimed wooden planks” and “bar tops with tablet docking stations” coexist in peaceful harmony.

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