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Hide from Black Friday Crowds in Style at the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

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  Site Where: 201 E Trade St [map], Charlotte, NC, United States, 28202-2423
November 11, 2009 at 12:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Are you one of those crazies who get up at the crack of dawn to haul out for Black Friday shopping? Honestly, we’re more the online shopping types — fewer black eyes, more time spent in PJs. But leave it to the new Ritz-Carlton Charlotte to make even that sound luxe.

In fact, their L3 shopping package — “Laptops, Lounging and Libations” — makes us think we’ve been doing something seriously wrong. Designed for Black Friday cyber shoppers, the package includes an extended one-night stay and a private special online shopping lounge, on the 15th floor, that offers free Internet, hand and wrist massages, holiday cocktails and champagne, and light snacks to last from 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. (Though for your bank statement’s sake, we’d have to advise you go easy on the booze.)

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Galleria Park Hotel Helps Visitors Experience a Faux Snow Day in SF

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  Site Where: 191 Sutter St [map], San Francisco, CA, United States, 94104
November 10, 2009 at 3:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

San Francisco natives know that the closest thing the city gets to snow, sleet, or anything of the sort during the holidays is Union Square's perilously crowded ice rink. You can either hightail it out of town—to Lake Tahoe or Big Bear, for instance—for a taste of the real thing, or you can fake it with the "Snow Day" package being offered by the Galleria Park Hotel. Its perks are a far cry from being caught in a bonafide flurry, but when you're a coastal Californian or holiday visitor, faux is the best you can hope for.

The Galleria Park is located in Union Square, whose holiday decorations are really impressive, despite their kitsch: a fully tinsel and wreath-beckdecked MACY*S, a gigantic Christmas tree in the main plaza, and even more lights than usual. What the package offers in addition to being squarely in the middle of these surroundings are complimentary valet parking, which usually runs for $35 per night, two tickets and skate rental to said ice rink, and two cups of Valrhona (a.k.a. the way high-end version of Swiss Miss) hot chocolate upon returning to the hotel at midi.

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The Signature at MGM Grand Keeps Both Naughty and Nice Lists

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  Site Where: 145 East Harmon Avenue [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
November 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

We regularly cover Sin City happenings on our sister site VegasChatter, where the X-to-G-rated ratio often tips in favor of lascivious activities. This isn't to say that there aren't perfectly innocent things to do in Las Vegas—we reported on gelato last Friday, for Chrissakes—but finding them may take more work than wandering into any one of the Strip's neon-lighted strip joints.

Just in time for proverbial "list checking" season, The Signature at MGM Grand is offering a "Nice" alternative for those of a prim persuasion. Deviant travelers will have their requisite "Naughty" option, so fear not.

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