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Bike Kennebunk with White Barn Inn's 'Crustacean Crawl'

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  Site Where: 37 Beech St. [map], Kennebunk, ME, United States, 04046
June 13, 2014 at 1:41 PM | by | ()

Bar crawls: Boozy. Lobster crawls: Bougie.

We’re not complaining. After all, this is something you'd expect in Kennebunk, the coastal Maine playground for the really rich and not-necessarily-famous. (Power is not measured in Twitter followers, dahling.) New Englanders heading up for a summer retreat at The White Barn Inn will now be able to book the “bespoke experience” of a customized “Crustacean Crawl” with the Relais & Chateau property’s esteemed chef Jonathan Cartwright. (He’s also the toque behind the fine dining Muse restaurants at two other tony Grace Hotels properties, Newport’s Vanderbilt Grace and Connecticut's Mayflower Grace.)

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Beach Town Surprise at Lake Michigan's Harbor Lights Resort

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  Site Where: 15 S. Second Street, PO Box 1039 [map], Frankfort, MI, United States, 49635
July 19, 2012 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

Kite flying and beach views from our room at Harbor Lights Resort

Traveling through Michigan’s beach towns last week, we were looking for something special, a beach hotel that was out of the out ordinary. Maybe it was for lack of an ocean, though Lake Michigan is so vast and impressive that it’s easy to be fooled. But we wanted a hotel with a little magic, a lot of sand and all the right amenities.

Pulling into Harbor Lights Resort right in lesser-known Frankfort, Michigan, we had a feeling this was the place. It wasn’t that anything was wildly impressive about the exterior of Harbor Lights, though it is a pretty complex with shades of dark gray and white. It was more that there was something about the place itself.

We often talk about tangible hotel amenities, but this hotel was all about the atmosphere. Harbor Lights is located at the end of Frankfort's main drag right on the beach, and though we were only in the parking lot and couldn’t yet see the water, we spied the tip of a lighthouse, the sun going down and sand on the walkways. You could hear the gulls and occasional motorized watercraft, but also the quiet din of a secluded beach. It was all the magic we needed... and we weren't even in our room yet.

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Don't Let the Sun Go Down On These Hotel Deals This Week

July 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM | by | ()

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)

· Free Parking and Internet at Marriott Marina Del Rey: Summer by the beach in Los Angeles is expensive but at least the Marriott in Marina del Rey is throwing in free self-parking and high-speed internet. We found rooms for $279 a night at the end of July. Regular rates were going for $289 and did not include the freebies. Overall you will save about $40 a night. Use hotel promo code LSX to book.

· 50 Percent Off The Kiwi Collection's 1st Private Sale: The Kiwi Collection of hotels has just kicked off its very first private sale for members with 50 percent off rates at some seriously cool hotels like Armani Dubai, James Chicago and the Copacabana Palace in Rio. Kiwi members also get perks such as free WiFi and upgrades upon checking in. For more on how Kiwi works, read our story here. To join up and get in on the sale, go here.

· An LES Classic for $228 a Night: With all the new hotels that have opened in various downtown NYC nabes in recent years, we kinda forgot about the original out of the way boutique hotel--The Hotel on Rivington (that's the view from a room above.) But thanks to Quikbook, you can revisit THOR's modern luxury offerings on the LES for $228 a night, which is about 20 percent off the regular rates. The Quikbook deal is part of their Invitation Only offerings so you have to sign up to get access to the deal. Don't forget to give the neighbors a peep show from your hotel room shower!

· Fun in Fort Lauderdale For Less: Both the Westin and the Sheraton on the beach in Fort Lauderdale are dropping their rates for the rest of the summer and even into October,too. The hotels" "Summer Savings" start at $169 a night for the Westin and just $139 a night at the Sheraton. That's about a 40 percent drop from peak season rates. Simply book with the hotels at either www.westin.com/fortlauderdalebeach or www.sheraton.com/fortlauderdalebeach.

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Unwrapping Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel on Its 125th Birthday

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  Site Where: 286 Grand Ave., P.O. Box 286, Mackinac Island, MI, 49757
July 13, 2012 at 12:39 PM | by | ()

A look inside Grand Hotel's new horse and carriage stable on opening day

We’ve all seen Grand Hotel’s striking front porch photo, the world’s largest at 600 feet. Set against the giant white wood-framed hotel, the blue waters of car-less Mackinac Island, the bursts of red geraniums, this famous porch gets lots of love and for good reason; the lofty, wrap-around water views are remarkable from here.

Looking Beyond the Front Porch
We just so happen to be rocking a chair on the porch right now as we’re here celebrating the hotel’s 125th anniversary, and the views really are quite outstanding.

But so are the views inside this giant treasure chest of a hotel. And with so many special events happening here through the weekend (Tuesday marked the Grand Hotel’s official 125th birthday) we can’t imagine a better time to pop off the lid and look around inside.

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Summer is Swimmingly Good at Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago

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  Site Where: 221 N. Columbus Dr. [map], Chicago, IL, United States, 60601
July 6, 2012 at 2:55 PM | by | ()

Finding a really great outdoor pool at a Chicago hotel used to be like finding a needle in a haystack. Sure, plenty of beautiful indoor pools abound, but where were the sparkly, sceney big pools in which to soak in all that summer sun? As if an answer to the sun seekers prayers, Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua now shines like a mirage in the middle of this big city, literally around the bend from Millennium Park, the Mag Mile, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

We recently stayed at the hotel and after one look at Blu Aqua’s huge recreation deck and pool, bailed on our room and jumped in for a swim. Situated on the third floor across 80,000 square feet, the very green deck is something to behold in Chicago. There’s the pool and cabanas plus a Jacuzzi and kiddie pool. Further beyond sits another large deck with gardens, gazebos and a 1/5 mile walking trail, grills and a fire pit, even a lower-level Zen garden complete with a rake. Everything is first come first serve.

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5 Hotel Bikes To Ride This Summer

July 6, 2012 at 1:11 PM | by | ()

I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike...

One of the best ways to take in the sights of a new city is by bike. And thanks to these five hotels, finding a bike to ride is as easy as requesting one from the front desk (so long as you're a hotel guest of course.) Here's where you can go cruising this summer in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Miami and San Francisco.

· Public Chicago: The Trek bikes are completely free for guests of the hotel. Ride it along Lake Shore or along the beach. Don't be embarrassed to ask the cute doormen for assistance.
Rates at the hotel this summer start around $169 a night.

· Soho Grand New York: Not only can you ride around Soho in a stylish bike at no cost but the hotel will pack up a picnic lunch for you with your choice of salad, half sandwich and San Pellegrino soda along with Pop chips and seasonal fruit. (Lunch is $15 per person.)
Rates at the hotel start around $400 a night.

See more bikes to ride after the jump!

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Book an International Getaway With Some of These Hot New Hotel Deals

July 3, 2012 at 2:42 PM | by | ()

Deals: you want 'em, and surprisingly, everyone has 'em. Take a look at some of the latest hotel deals going around the internet today from booking sites, social media sites, flash sale sites and more. Don't forget to scroll down to see the HotelChatter-approved deal either. Who knows? You might just find what you're looking for. (But don't forget to tell us about your stay!)

· Be The First Citizen at citizenM London For About 100GBP: The first citizenM Hotel in London will open in Bankside on July 5 and opening rates are 103.55 GBP a night. That's a special opening rate that's non-refundable but if you want a more flexible rate that can be had for just 109 a night. And remember all citizenM hotels have free WiFi. Go here to book your stay!

· Under 100 Euros for Mama Shelter Paris: Paris ain't cheap in the summer but with this new offer from the budget chic Mama Shelter in the city's 20th arrondissement you can spend the night in the City of Light for just 89 Euros. The deal is good from July 22-August 28th and we found it available on the night of July 22nd. However, it is non-refundable, non-cancellable and requires full payment at the time of booking so be sure you will be there if you book.

· Drink at the Longest Bar in Shanghai for Less : The PuLi Hotel boasts the longest hotel bar in Shanghai and now you can sip a blood & bitters at the bar, thanks to Tablet's latest private sale. Rates for the hotel are going from 1,176-1,876RBM ($185-$295US) down from 1,680-2680 RBM.

· Discover InterContinental Hotels in Latin America and The Caribbean for 20 Percent Less: If you're heading to either Latin America or the Caribbean this summer, there's still plenty of time to book InterContinental Hotel Group's “Discover Latin America and Caribbean” promotion which gives guests complimentary breakfast and savings up to 20 percent at more than 75 IHG hotels. That includes the InterContinental brand of hotels as well Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Expressand Staybridge Suites. And of course, those guests enrolled in IHG's Priority Club Rewards will earn points for their stays. Go here to book. The deal is good through September 1st for stays from now through September 15.

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Weeknight Rooms At Dream South Beach Going For $200, Chocolate Covered Strawberries Extra

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  Site Where: 1111 Collins Ave [map], Miami Beach, FL, United States, 33139-4604
May 4, 2012 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Starting on June 1, Miami visitors can try out a King room at Dream South Beach, which is now in its second year, for $199/night, which is slightly higher than last year's opening rate of $149/night. But we're going to assume that after a year, they've had time to tidy up the edges and can get away with charging more.

The 108 rooms at the Collins Ave hotspot all have access to a rooftop infinity-edge pool, plus Geoffrey Zakarian's restaurant Tudor House, which we sampled last summer.

As a bonus to the $199/night rate, the hotel is also throwing in continental breakfast for two, a bottle of Perrier Jouet champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries for an additional $50 fee. Which is another way of saying the room is actually $250/night, but with some light nibbles thrown in that still won't really fill you up so you'll just end up heading to Tudor House for dinner and drinks anyway.

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With All The Olympics Frenzy, We Can't Forget About The Queen (The Athenaeum Certainly Hasn't)

Where: 20 Pepys Street, London, United Kingdom
January 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM | by | ()

2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for London travel: there's the matter of a certain sporting event coming to town, and from June 2nd-5th, the city of perpetually grey skies will mark 60-years of Queen Elizabeth the II's rule during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The elaborate celebration fit for, well, a Queen, is set to include a pageant on the Thames River, the lighting of beacons 'round the world, special exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum, and a variety of neighborhood luncheons thrown by locals.

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Summer Deals for Palm Beach. Yes, Palm Beach

June 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

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...

Which makes it a great time to splurge at hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach or the Four Seasons Palm Beach, which may be out of reach for most of the year.

Here's what these posh properties are offering in the way of summer deals now the temperature is soaring...

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The Beach Hotel Season Is Almost Here as Sunset Beach and Surf Lodge Announce Opening Dates

Where: NY, United States
April 2, 2010 at 11:52 AM | by | ()

What's that bright light over New York City today? Could it be ... sunshine? Oh, Hallelujah, the sun is out! We know it's Passover and Easter and all that, but onto more pressing matters: Booking summer vacations at the beach.

So, what's happening hotel-wise at New York-region beaches?

Andre Balazs's Sunset Beach Hotel opens for the season on Shelter Island on May 14. Weekend rates start at $420 a night, and Mid Week rates from $225 a night. Just remember that "weekend" means Thursday through Sunday. And like most beach properties, Sunset Beach requires a three-night minimum for holiday weekends. If you want to see Courtney Love in a bikini, this could be the beach vacay for you!

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