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Today is Pi Day (3.14/Π) and if you need a quick geometry recap, that's the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is abbreviated to 3.14 but continues indefinitely, to over 1.2 trillion digits, in fact. Basically, this is a math geek day of celebration (hey, the US House of Representatives officially supported the day's designation in 2009).
Naturally the hotel sector capitalizes on it too, by offering gimmicky deals. That's when our ears perk up--because we're not proud of those math grades of yesteryear, so this we can handle. Don't judge. We're sensitive.
The Charles Hotel in Boston says they’re “recognizing the great minds of Cambridge” by moving the decimal point one space and giving a 31.4% discount on room and suite reservations made today for any night from March 19 - April 2, 2013. Rates begin at $339. Book online or call 800-882-1818 with rate code PI2013.
There are five pizza pies on the BLT Bar & Grill menu at New York's W Downtown, and they're pretty fancy. But if you want to show your love of Pi and throw in a little salute to St. Patrick's Day to boot, go for the Brussels Sprouts Pizza, which has butternut squash, bacon, cippolini onions, and a copious amount of shaved green sprouts on the top. Festive!
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Snowstorms in New York, cold front in LA. Who doesn't want to be in Palm Beach, Florida, where the palms are forever swaying to ocean breezes? We're heading there STAT with a cocktail in mind and talk about good timing now that HMF is officially open at The Breakers Palm Beach.
HMF (which stands for Henry Morrison Flagler, who founded The Breakers) is bringing back West Palm Beach's cocktail scene in a major way. Slated as a modern social drinking and eating destination, the bar is uber-nostalgic for that timeless American glamor allure. It's fancy-pants, but in that island style we heart.
This Fantasy Friday offers is one you might be able to pull off! Imagine, no need to cry in your coffee that you haven't a spare 5-figures (or more!) to drop on a flash hotel experience. Well, today we're going to actually take it down a notch because the amenities on this one are so swank, we couldn't pass up spreading the news.
This time we head to Florida's Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach, which apparently has a big polo scene with its access to the International Polo Club. Well, alright. We're down with trying the "Sport of Kings (or at least future ones--how ya doin' Wills?).
The Four Seasons Hotel Palm Beach has built up three bonus offers to go along with their rate--and you get to choose which one that appeals most to you. Which would you rather have: an hour-and-a-half personal lesson with the sport’s top talent team, a private gourmet picnic at the Club where you’ll watch a match, or VIP brunch at the Club with preferred veranda seating during the match. Oh, and the kicker for all this? Whichever you pick,you'll be transported to The Club in a sleek Maserati and given copious amounts of Veuve Cliquot champagne during your adventure. Yeah, that's the business, baby!
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Attention, jetsetting bookworms: The Brazilian Court in Palm Beach recently announced its line-up for the 9th Annual Author Breakfast Series—and it's looking pretty sweet.
Presented by Parker Ladd, an exec at Scribner & Sons and famous for being married to noted fashion designer Arnold Scaasi, the Author Breakfast Series offers six author breakfasts, beginning on January 11th and concluding on March 29th.
Gracing the AAA-Four Diamond resort will be Michael Connelly, known for his #1 NYT bestsellers, and Tony Mendez, author of Argo. (If you've seen the movie, you'll remember that Mr. Mendez was played by Ben Affleck himself.) Oh, and we can't forget Rebecca Miller, daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and wife of Daniel Day Lewis. Swoon!
Like every year, the author breakfasts will be held at The Ballroom (pictured) at Cafe Boulud (yes, that Boulud), so it's probably not a good idea to show up wearing flip-flops and jam shorts. A $100 ticket gets you breakfast, valet parking and a copy of the featured book, but all reservations must be booked in advance.
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Did you know it was Repeal Day? Sadly, we got through this whole entire Hump Day without being none the wiser. A tragedy, to be sure. Not that we haven't been loving autumn cocktails, we're not completely out the loop, ya know.
But, all is not lost. It's dinner time on the East coast, and the West Coast hasn't hit quitting time yet, so there's still time for everyone to take advantage of today's festivities. But, first, we'll clue you in on what Repeal Day is, just in case you didn't know.
To make it short (obviously time is of the essence) back on this day in 1933 Prohibition was ended in America after 13 years of (supposedly) dry living. Americans celebrated the "Repeal" of Prohibition by basically drinking their behind off. It has been celebrated every December 5th, since.
So in recognition of this "holiday", we guide you to some hotel bars that we think are serving some choice spirits.
It’s a smorgasbord of choices that lets you craft your ultimate BLT.
Now, we don’t usually get so excited about the normally plain Jane BLT sandwich, but this ain’t your momma’s BLT.
In celebration of Florida’s tomato season, the Four Seasons Palm Beach Resort is picking heirloom tomatoes from its very own chef’s garden and offering them up in this classic sandwich, turning a garden-variety lunch item into a gourmand’s delight.
A recently renovated room at Four Seasons Palm Beach
We know. Savings is not a word you associate with Palm Beach. But things are different in the summer. You know, the season when all the ritzy residents relocate to the Hamptons...
Here's what these posh properties are offering in the way of summer deals now the temperature is soaring...
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It's hard to believe that Memorial Day is next weekend. If it snuck up on you and you haven't made any holiday plans, don't worry, it's not too late for a getaway. There are still some hotel deals to be had.
Travelzoo is offering a bunch of Memorial weekend hotel rooms at slashed prices. Here are a couple of the highlights:
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Pitchers and catchers have reported to camps, and if you know what that means, a new package from the Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach will probably appeal, at least for fans of the Cardinals or Marlins. The hotel has teamed up with Roger Dean Stadium, in Jupiter, Florida, to offer a "Play Ball Package" stacked with family-friendly on-the-field coolness.
The $799 per night rate looks high at first glance, but the hotel is charging north of $600 a night in March. And this package gets you plenty, including four box seats to a game, batting practice from the stands and on the field with home and visiting teams, a behind-the-scenes clubhouse tour, a spot on-field for the singing of the National Anthem (cue easy Christina Aguilera joke), a ceremonial first pitch for one guest of the group, and photo ops in the dugout for kids under 14.
We were headed to a Palm Beach wedding (local for us) and wanted to stay the night with the wedding party and out-of-town guests. The hotel of choice for the guests was The Omphoy Ocean Resort. We were excited to spend the night at The Omphoy having last been to the property when it was the Palm Beach Hilton, built in the early 1980's. The hotel re-opened as the Omphoy in September 2009.
Were we disappointed with the 134-room oceanfront hotel? Well, mostly no but we spent a little too much time feeling like we worked there. Read on to find out why.
We're not sure how many Palm Beach dames have asked Santa for a facelift this year, but we bet they'll be happy to show them off at the similarly nipped and tucked Four Seasons Palm Beach this festive season.
All 210 of the resort's rooms have been spruced up by interior designer Brian Gluckstein, who also worked his magic on the hotel's spa last year. From what we've seen of the fresh new room decor, the man could be in demand in an area known more for OTT opulence than understated elegance.
Here's one last photo to admire before we bust out of this joint for Memorial Day Weekend.
Check out this old matchbook we found at our parents' house for the Palm Beach Hilton. Ladies and gents, this is a piece of history you are looking at.
For starters, the hotel no longer exists. Well, it does but as the Omphoy Ocean Resort, which has given the oceanfront resort a brand-new boutique hotel look. It also has a restaurant from a James Beard award-winning chef, Michelle Bernstein's.
Also, check out that area code on the matchbook. That's now just the Miami area code. Yes, once upon time Palm Beach and Miami-Dade (formerly just Dade) counties shared the same area code. Now PB phone numbers are preceded by 561.
Lastly, this is just further proof that the new Hilton logo is essentially the old one, but tipped over and painted half-gold and half-silver. (Golf claps.) While we appreciated the antiquity of our matchbook find, we still prefer the Maritime Hotel's kinky ones instead.