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Found It! The Perfect Summer Hotel Lunch

June 19, 2012 at 4:17 PM | by | Comment (1)

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer. This past weekend, we ate what we're declaring the official lunch of summer. It went down at TOPPER'S, the restaurant of The Wauwinet, a historic Inn situated at the very Northeast tip of Nantucket Island. Tomorrow we'll welcome summer properly with a tour of the Inn itself.

Want to chow down on all this? The Wauwinet, despite being one of the most remote inns on the island, is surprisingly one of the easiest to reach thanks to its free shuttle that picks up in central Nantucket town several times a day and makes the 20-minutes drive out to TOPPER'S. Check the schedule on the bulletin board next to the door of the Nantucket Visitor's Bureau Info Center.

· APPETIZER: Steamed jumbo asparagus with hollandaise sauce $9 (above)
Asparagus is at the tippy-top of its season in late spring, so this is a perfect transitional dish before fully jumping into summer foods. Plus you should eat your greens.

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The Courtyard Is Now Open At The Greenwich Hotel (And The Spa's Calling Our Name Too)

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  Site Where: 377 Greenwich Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10013
June 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, the Tribeca Film Festival has come and gone, but that doesn't mean the fun's over in Tribeca for the rest of the year. Hardly! We've got our eye on the Greenwich Hotel—and now that summer is on the way, we're ready to pay a visit to the hotel's guests-only Courtyard.

Situated next to the Drawing Room, the Courtyard (pictured) expands on the Greenwich's whole retired-archaeologist-living-in-the-English-countryside vibe, with quaint stone benches, hanging lanterns, and ivy creeping up the brick walls. A Front Desk agent we spoke to called the space "quite stunning."

Of course, guests are the only ones who can actually access the Courtyard. But wait! Didn't we just hear about a new space inside the hotel that's become available to non-guests? Why, yes, as a matter of fact...

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How to Enjoy the Oft Sold-Out Hotel Healdsburg For Less

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  Site Where: 25 Mattheson Street [map], Healdsburg, CA, United States, 95448
June 5, 2012 at 2:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

Wine-tasting in Sonoma can get tiring--the hot sun, the dry heat and the constant light-headed buzz can start to wear you down after even just a day. Which is why we popped into the Hotel Healdsburg for some much needed R&R from um, our vacation.

We booked a pedicure at the hotel's spa which ended up being one of the best hotel pedicures in recent memory. The treatment was simple--just an aromatic foot bath, the usual cut-file-trim procedure, followed by a generous foot scrub and massage and finished off with the polish.

Yet there were a few touches that made it not just memorable but deeply relaxing. The spa chair was a vibrating massage chair but it wasn't clunky or loud--just a smooth, low roll up and down our backs. The treatment room itself was quiet. There's only two chairs and the other wasn't occupied during our visit. Our therapist also left us alone to sleep, er, read in peace--no silly small talk was made.

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Seeing What Jennifer Aniston Sees from The Sunset Tower

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  Site Where: 8358 Sunset Boulevard [map], West Hollywood, CA, United States, 90069
May 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

We've often ragged on Jennifer Aniston for her boring hotel habits--i.e. always hanging out at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood but during a trip there the other week, we kinda understood why she does it.

The hotel's Terrace restaurant opens out to the small but stylish pool (check out the monogrammed towels) and on a picturesque day like this one, popping in here for breakfast is a great start to your day in LA. But of course, it's pricey fare with granola and pancakes at $16, eggs at $14 and a simple bagel with cream cheese over $10. (Add smoked salmon and it's $18.)

Still, it's an easy way to enjoy the simple beauty of Sunset Tower without having to shell out at least $300 for a room. Jennifer Aniston, we're not saying you should go here all the time when you're in town, but we understand.

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Coasting The Sunny Days Away at Coast at Shutters on the Beach

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  Site Where: 1 Pico Boulevard [map], Santa Monica, CA, United States, 90405
April 27, 2012 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

We hit up Shutters on The Beach the other day for a quick lunch at their beachfront restaurant, Coast. If you can't afford one of the $400+ rooms at the hotel, doing a casual brunch or lunch (or even dinner) at Coast is the affordable alternative to experiencing the hotel.

Our go-to order is the tomato soup ($11) with mini-grilled cheese sandwiches and a side of french fries ($5). But the fish tacos ($15) and the caesar salad ($13) are tasty and filling as well. And if you come on Farmer Market Wednesdays, the chefs at Shutters will incorporate their freshest findings from the Santa Monica Farmers Market into a three-course Market Dinner for just $29.

Just don't forget to order a slice of cake from Susie Cakes before you head out. (The chocolate one is beyond belief.)

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How to Make The Upper House Your House in Hong Kong

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  Site Where: 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, China
December 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love luxury hotels but we can't always afford to stay in them. Thankfully, hotels these days are way more than just rooms for paying hotel guests. Between visiting the lobbies, bars, restaurants, and spas inside these upper echelon hotels, it's practically as good as staying the night. Here's our latest installment of how to quench your champagne tastes on a Coca-Cola budget with a Hotel Day Trip.

You don't have to be a paying hotel guest to enjoy the swank luxury of The Upper House in Hong Kong which sits atop the J.W. Marriott at Pacific Place (There's no connection between the two hotels, just FYI.)

Here's how you can fake it and enjoy some of the best public hotel spaces Hong Kong has to offer while saving yourself about $515 a night:

1. Lay Out on The Lawn: Up on Level 6 (just after you ride escalators up to the elevator bank), there's a rooftop lounge with real grass, a rarity for Hong Kong. Here you can order coffee or cocktails, read the paper, flip through a magazine or check your email using the hotel's free WiFi. No room key necessary!

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