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While hotel holiday decorations are pretty to look at, they don't do much to relax you during the holiday season, which let's be honest--can be crazy stressful with all the parties, the shopping, the relatives. So if you need a breather, we’ve put together a list (and we’re checking it twice) of hotel spas across the US who have put together some holiday-themed treatments that you can give to yourself because, contrary to popular belief, sometimes it is better to receive than to give.
The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego normally uses seasonal ingredients and this winter is no exception. From December through January you can indulge in the Chocolate Candied Orange Treatment, and indulge you will! This treatment starts with a hazelnut and orange scrub; then comes a chocolate comfrey wrap and cinnamon scalp treatment; an Acai butter massage follows, as does a mulled cider drink. The spa then sends you on your way with a take home recipe for hazelnut and sea salt shortbread cookies. The cost for this extravagance is $175.
At Lake Arrowhead Resort’s Spa of the Pines (an Autograph Collection hotel) there is a new holiday-themed menu of treatments. The resort is offering a hot stone Holiday Pedicure, a Holiday Swedish Massage using their own special holiday-scented oil (cloves and cinnamon), and a Holiday-Scented Body Scrub using an organic vanilla and brown sugar scrub followed by a rich body cream. For the most bang for your buck go for the Holiday Duo: the body scrub followed by the massage for $165.
L'Auberge de Sedona is offering guests a Warming Gingerbread Sugar Body Scrub and Gingerbread Wrap that are good enough to eat. Using organic sugar and warming ginger oil there are also notes of cinnamon and orange. To tempt you further, we’ll just tell you that after the scrub, the body butter is applied to your skin, you’re wrapped in warm blankets and receive either a scalp and neck massage or a foot massage. You can just lie back and hear the heavenly choir. The scrub and wrap are $145 for both treatments.
If ever there was a town that the much-overused words "quaint" and "charming" seem made for, it's Hanover, New Hampshire.
Located in the state's Upper Valley, along the Appalachian Trail, and separated from Vermont by the Connecticut River, Hanover is most famously home to Dartmouth College, an elite Ivy League university -- and all of the fortunes that brings.
That being said, quaint and charming (not to mention the phrase "elite Ivy League ...") can rub some of us the wrong way, and so we approached the Hanover Inn, a storied hotel that occupies a building dating from 1780 and overlooks Dartmouth Green (scene of Conan O'Brien's epic 2011 commencement speech) with some trepidation.
The feeling was not initially assuaged by our first glimpse of the hotel lobby, which felt a little stuffy with its fireplace, leather armchairs, black and white photographs of alumni, rocking chairs on the patio, and a lot of deep green (Dartmouth College colors). Closer inspection, however, revealed modernist touches such contemporary works of art and a centerpiece table created from big slab of granite; an homage to New Hampshire's "granite state" moniker.
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This month, our friend JustLuxe covered a Yankee Christmas, guest gifts, holiday teas and more, and a simple theme ties it all together: Sugar. If you thought we'd say loving kindness, sorry! We're hopped up on the stuff.
It’s bliss and torture the way every hotel, inn, business and home puts out a spread of their finest cookies and cakes this time of year, promising, “Oh, holiday calories don’t count,” as though you’re gullible enough to believe in fairy tales. Because when you’re face-to-face with The New York Palace's Eggnog Cheesecake, you kinda do believe.
Read on for more sweet treats at these sugar-fueled spots
We’ve heard of some desperate moves to get out of paying a bar tab, but this is one takes the cake. Last Saturday, a 30-year old (word is he’s named Jason Pace) allegedly attempted to skip out on a bill he racked up at a Hilton Garden Inn in Manchester, New Hampshire.
The man, reported by the Manchester Union-Leader newspaper to be from North Carolina, tried to make a break for it and ran out the hotel and jumped its fence. But an Olympic high jumper the dude is not, and he became impaled on 18 inches of said fence after a failed scaling attempt.
The Manchester Fire Department found him balancing precariously on one leg with a spike pierced through the other. Reports say it took a team of eight firefighters to free Pace, using saws, hydraulic cutting tools, and a cutting wheel to cut away the fence stuck to his leg. He was then transported to Elliot Hospital Trauma Center where he underwent a successful surgery.
So far, no word on whether he’ll face charges for his antics, but our guess is he hasn't got a leg to stand on in court. Heh.
[Photo: Jeffrey Hastings/The Daily Mail]
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Not being accustomed to buying antique barber chairs, we can't say for sure whether $1,600 (about the cost of 50 haircuts) is actually a deal or not. But at an auction, which took place on Saturday at Balsams Grand Resort in New Hampshire, the century-and-a-half-old hotel certainly succeeded in cleaning itself out to make way for a major renovation project.
Set to re-open in mid-2013, the new Balsams first had to get rid of its ties to the past. Plates, towels, sheets, a ski lift—pretty much the entire contents of guest rooms and other public spaces—were put on the block. And the buyers didn't disappoint!
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Considering a family outing before the thaw? Omni Mount Washington Resort, which apparently has the longest zip line in all of New England (who knew?), might be a good place to consider.
Set amid the snowy peaks of White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the 200-room historic resort has a whole slew of "winter wonderland" activities that you just can't do in your own backyard. Ideal for adventurous families, the list includes Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, canopy tours, snowshoeing, dog sledding, ice skating and, yes, historic sleigh rides through the woods.
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If you're panicking because Father's Day is this weekend and you still haven't picked up a gift for dad, there's still time to show him that you care. Whether you want to treat him to a cooking class—or not so subtly show him there's more to food than TV dinners—or send him flying down a zip line, these hotels offer the perfect gift for dear old dad.
Check out our top five list of Father's Day hotels after the jump.
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Earth Day is Friday, and if you are looking to mark the occasion, you can spend the night at a hotel. A number of hotels are joining in the eco-friendly celebration and are offering everything from organic meals to special spa packages to green-themed kiddie crafts.
Check out what three hotels are doing for Earth Day after the jump.
One of the country’s oldest, most historic hotels will soon change hands. As of Sept. 1, the Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, will add Omni to the front of its moniker.
The luxe 365-room New England resort opened in 1902 at the base of Mount Washington, the Northeast’s highest peak, and has notably hosted Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth, and three U.S. presidents. Recently the resort finished a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation project, which includes a new spa, conference center, and outdoor pool complex.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
There's only one thing better than a snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and that's this killer view: a framed snow-covered mountain view out of a hotel room, and said hotel room is in the Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire.
Who needs the Hamptons or the Jersey Shore when you can partake in a chili challenge in New Hampshire?
The Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire is totally ready for summer. On May 25, the 10th Annual Chili Challenge pits all the area's restaurants in a cookoff, and luckily, all the area hotels are nearby. (Though, honestly, we sorta think of chili as a winter food.)
Rooms at Waterville's lodges and condos start at $43 per person (with quad occupancy) and you have five properties to choose from. If you book a Memorial Day package, you also get $50 worth of "Town Square Bucks," which you can spend at select businesses after the Chili Challenge.
It might be worth it to get to Waterville a day early, too. On May 24, a penny carnival for the kids leads into an evening at the town's planetarium. After an indoor presentation, astronomers will then set up telescopes outside and help you scout the sky for cool stuff.
[Photo: Global Reaction]
Could this be WASP-heaven? The Inn at Thorn Hill in Jackson, New Hampshire ranks at number 44 in Conde Nast Traveler's list of the best hotels in the world -- yes, the world.
With a 94.2 rating, the resort remembers every indulgence we didn't even know we wanted. Fireplaces, Jacuzzis, wet bars, and steam showers keep guests hot and sweaty. After a hydro-massage -- with more water and even more rubbing -- head down to dinner. Order from the 3,000-bottle wine list, and dine on authentic New England cuisine while admiring the view of the white mountain range, perfect for every WASP aesthetic.
Said mountains offer a range of winter activities, including tobogganing, skiing, sleigh rides, and ice skating. Rooms start at $269.
[Photo: Mt. Washington Valley]
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