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Adults and kids will jump for joy at these festive New England outings. Unless you want angry neighbors rapping on your door all day, we don’t typically endorse indulging your kids in a sugar rush while staying at a hotel. But this weekend is Easter, after all - so if your little cottontails are going to get their paws on milk chocolate bunnies, they might as well do it somewhere nice. You know, somewhere with a spa. (That’s for you.)
To save you the trouble of hunting all over the Internet, here are a few New England properties that are hosting Easter egg hunts for kids and families. At the very least, they’ll get the children to play with something other than an iPad. The best-case scenario: Hopping all over the hotel puts them down for a nap, and that spa is all yours.
Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH The property is hosting not one, not two – but FIVE different Easter egg hunts that are open to various age groups (and guests and locals alike). Among them: the all-ages “Great Bretton Woods Hunt,” which will scatter eggs (including a prized “golden egg”) across 464 acres of New Hampshire’s largest ski area. (“Powdery treats” are promised as you search.) There’s the “Easter Egg Extravaganza Hunt,” that will hide 600 colored eggs around the hotel itself, and there’s the “Slopeside Pub Easter Egg Hunt,” an adults-only afternoon hunt in the property’s tavern. (Other weekend activities include a “Tortoise and Hare” themed ski and snowshoe race, and story time with the Easter Bunny.”)
One of the oldest inns in America, Watch Hill Inn is getting a youthful makeover as it prepares to re-launch this summer as an all-suite boutique hotel. A joint venture is in place between Watch Hill Properties and Ocean House Management, who also run the 5-star Ocean House, a short walk away, and nearby Weekapaug Inn. Co-mingling of guests and facilities of this hotel threesome is part of the game plan.
The historic inn fronting Watch Hill Harbor dates to 1845 and is considered one of the oldest purpose-built inns in the country. Yeah, age is just a number and the 169-year old inn will undergo a few constructive nips and tucks that will ideally attract a younger generation of leisure traveler. The well-to-do traveler that is, based on the proposed villa concept.
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Just open, The Dean Hotel hits all the current trends. Masculine name? Check. Painfully hip Instagram account? Check. Bunk beds? Uh-huh. Strip club turned hotel? Yep, that too. Only this hip new hotel is not in Brooklyn or Manhattan, but, a little unexpectedly, in Providence, Rhode Island.
Located in Providence's historic Downcity district, the five-story brick building occupied by the 52-room hotel has lived a full life, having housed both a church and a strip club (not at the same time). The Dean has eight different room categories, from a "Kin" room with a single bunk bed that starts at $79, to "The Gang" with two queen-sized beds starting at $119, to "The Heights," which has four connected guest rooms, two king suites and two queen rooms, on the top floor (starts at $500). All feature locally designed bespoke furnishings with a few antique finds thrown in.
Strip club hotels: we're calling this a thing. Hot on the heels of Scores opening up in Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and the revitalization of the boutique hotel associated with the infamous Clermont Lounge, comes news of a former strip club being turned into a boutique hotel.
The five-story brick building at 122 Fountain Street, Providence Rhode Island started out in 1912 as a refuge called Church House, built by the Episcopal Church, then was home to the Sportsman’s Inn strip club, which closed in 2012. The building then had a brief incarnation as a music venue, but soon it will become The Dean, a 52-room boutique hotel.
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Just in case you missed out on National Tequila Day a few weeks ago (and we did not, tyvm), you have a whole 24 days to dedicate yourself to another unofficial-official holiday!
August is National Rum Month and thank goodness, because really, there isn't much to celebrate in these dog days, so we're all for anything that gives us a chance to sip Dark n' Stormy's, pursue pina coladas, and drink copious amounts of Cuba Libre's without judgement. We've always said we're patriotic folks, here at HC.
So, for the remainder of the month we'll highlight hotel's bars and restaurants paying homage to National Rum Month by serving classic cocktails or those with a twist. We'll even toss you a few recipes to recreate them at home because goodness knows, if you celebrate this holiday every single day, your wallet might hurt a bit.
BTW, if you find your budget
liver can't handle a whole month of rum, know that August 16th is National Rum Day, so feel free to make that your day to pay homage to the pirates elixir used to ward off scurvy. You don't want scurvy, do you?!
Read on for a few places having a rumtastic time.
The Drink: Atomic Red Carrot Swizzle
The Hotel: U.S. Grant, San Diego, CA
As part of the swank Grant Grill's "Tails From the Patch" drink series, this unusual drink is made with Shellback Platinum rum, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Atomic Red carrot juice, Chioggia Guardsmark beet, Grenadine, lime, bitters, and allspice dram. It comes with a beet garnish and looks like something you'd get out of a gym health bar. But a hit of that potent rum and you'll quickly realize this ain't no Jamba Juice.
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We recently listed 5 Elopement Packages for those wanting a low-fuss wedding, but that doesn't mean one has to skip out on the time-honored tradition of The Bachelor Party. Of course, today is Fantasy Friday, so we've got to go a little over-the-top with the options, and boy have we found some. But don't worry, we've got some sensible back-up plans as well.
For Golf Lovers
Rosewood Mayakoba's $175,000 Ultimate Golf Experience is completely insane!During the week of November 11-17, 2013, the resort's El Camaleón Golf Club will host the OHL Classic, when the world’s top PGA Tour players will compete on the Greg Norman designed, 7,000-yard, 18-hole championship course. To celebrate this high profile tournament (and golf-nuts everywhere) the resort created an extravagant package that's a bachelor's ultimate last-hurrah.The groom and two of his besties will get a private lesson with world famous golf instructor Jim McLean, a round of golf with legend Greg Norman at Playa Mujeres (you'll take a private helicopter to and fro) as well as receive three positions in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba Pro-Am. Oh, and though this is already an all-suite resort, you'll stay in the 6,272 square-foot Presidential Lagoon Suite. Evenings mean sipping cocktails with the PGA Tour players (!), an invite to a private BBQ on the beach, and a tequila tasting of some of the country's best labels. This package is only available for November 12-19, 2013. Book via Rosewood.com
Not In Your Price Range?
Alternative: Head to Ponte Vedra and The Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa where from May 6 to 12, they'll be the host hotel for annual THE PLAYERS Championship at the world-famous TPC Sawgrass. Your group of guys can bask in the Florida sun in the place where some of PGA's greats like Vijay Singh, Fred Couples, and Matt Kuchar have played. This spring you'll see who'll be battling it out for a beaucoup cash purse ($9 million!) on the 18-hole, Pete Dye-designed course. Tickets start at just $15! When you're not playing yourself, feel free to spend time in the ornate Club House (we recommend indulging in the ridiculous brunch spread) where you can see Tiger Woods' 2001 tournament locker, have a few post-play cocktails, and generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Packages start at $349 per night, which includes daily breakfast, a round on THE PLAYERS Course, and other perks. In this special season and you'll generally feel like royalty before settling into the domestic life. Book through Sawgrass Marriott's special page.
Ahhh...we all remember what it's like to be young and in love on a cross-country road-trip staying in a different hotel each night. Or maybe not. For those of you who never got the chance to drive across America after college, we've got a special Summer Road Trip series from Teddy Worcester, a recent Wheaton College grad who's making his way out to San Fran for a job in tech. Along the way, he's hitting up about six hotels and reporting back to us on each one. So grab your iced beverage of choice, settle into your lawn chair and let the sprinkler run.
I like hotels… a lot. I have always been intrigued by Paul Carr’s hotel reviews, especially his series, “The Strip Diary,” where he stayed in a new hotel in every night in Las Vegas for a month. So I have decided to review some of my favorite hotels right here on HotelChatter.
For starters, I wanted to review Forty 1° North in Newport, Rhode Island where I stayed last Wednesday night with my girlfriend, Sally. The new LEED-registered Thames Street Forty 1° North is a 28-room seaside yachters’ paradise. Finding a hip and luxurious hotel in Newport is not the easiest thing in the world but I’m quite sure that Sally and I achieved it.
It took more than a year after much of the hotel was damaged during massive floods but finally, after extensive renovations, the NYLO Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island will be open once again this Monday. Business Week reports:
Susan Shaw, the new general manager, said the 163-room hotel will open with between 35 and 40 employees, down from 60 at the time of the flood. It will add employees and should reach full capacity by early next year, she said. It will look much like it did before it closed. The restaurant will offer a new menu and have what Shaw described as a more "mellow" feel.
Heading to Warwick and want to give the NYLO some much-needed love? Glass king loft rooms start at $149 a night on Monday and yes, that includes free WiFi. Oh and a cute little toy!
We just got back from a quick trip to Rhode Island, and had a chance to peek at the Renaissance Providence Downtown on the recommendation of a local friend. Turns out, the building, which is across from the State House, has a fascinating history.
Original construction of the Neoclassical landmark started in 1926, when the building was meant to be a Masonic temple. But after a lack of funds halted construction in 1928, the building was abandoned and left largely untouched. A local historian told the New York Times in 2006:
When I first came to work in the 1970s, you could go in there, and you could see the hand tools that were still sitting where they had been put down in 1928.
We've got a thing for cute hotel animals here and we've long covered the animals hard at "work" in hotels such as Kimpton Hotels Directors of Pet Relations and even The Algonquin's fashionable housecat, Matilda. But the dog in residence at the Hyatt Regency Newport in Rhode Island might be the hardest working hotel dog in the biz.
That's because Schimitty, a Yorkshire Terrier, delivers the news with Meteorologist and ABC Producer Ron Trotta. Ok "delivers" might be too strong of a word has Schmitty just hangs out while Ron gives the weather report but if you watch the video above, you can see Schmitty has some pretty funny thoughts.
When you think of Newport, Rhode Island, what comes to mind? History, preppy New Englanders, and yachts? Jazz? The harbor town definitely has a distinct scene going on, but its newest hotel, Forty 1° North is going for a more sophisticated beachy feel. Some of its amenities you might expect—like docking for 250-foot yachts. But then there are more modern features such as the boutique design and the in-room iPads. Bonus: even the marina has free WiFi.
Forty 1° North has both regular rooms and suites, and cottages and lofts with full kitchens, wet bars and gas fireplaces.
Even in a year of earthquakes and snowicanes, the recent flooding in Rhode Island and other parts of the Northeast was some of the worst weather the region has seen. And for the still-new NYLO Warick the results were very bad indeed.
Two weeks after the storm, the hotel is still closed and may stay that way for up to four months, according to Hotels magazine. Local news channels in Warwick reported that two feet of water flooded the first floor of the hotel, which was being ripped out and replaced by clean-up crews repairing the damage.