Archive for December, 2011

Looking to bring the kids along while doing business? Residence Inn by Marriott is expanding on an international scale, with special features designed for both business travelers and families.

Post-holidays can be a dreary time of year. Fortunately, the winter leg of New York Restaurant Week – slotted for weekdays from January 16 through February 10 – offers a good excuse to book stays at New York hotels, since more than 130 restaurants will offer three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 at lunch and $35 during dinner, plus beverages, tax and tip. But there are lots of other food-related events this time of year as well.

Looking to log on during your next flight? Check out this handy guide to which airlines offer in-flight WiFi.

You don’t have to wield elite status to get better treatment when flying. These are the airline credit cards with the best perks for frequent flyers.

With college application deadlines looming large on the horizon, your teen has likely been consumed the past few months by activities that, if performed successfully, will result in them leaving the nest this fall. Yes, that impossibly adorable little person you brought home swaddled in a hospital blanket 17 or 18 years ago is getting ready to spread his or her wings and fly. Don’t despair though; you’ve still got a few months to bond with your teenage offspring before they take flight, and there’s no better place to do that than Walt Disney World.

When the holidays become a distant memory, it’s natural to look toward brighter days. Thankfully, around mid-January, Humpback whale season kicks off – and continues through mid-March – near the Dominican Republic’s Samana Peninsula, one of the world’s most fabled destinations to spot the massive, knobby-headed mammals at a time when they give birth. It’s also when visitors are quite likely to see the active species breach out of the water.

Each spring break, a sea of students hit the sand for beach vacations, ones where beer-slugging sun enthusiasts of a certain age gather, finger-wagging parents are far, far away and the mantra is fun, fun, fun. That’s true whether you’re talking about Miami Beach, South Padre Island or Panama City, Fla.

Forget about work. It’s time to start planning a getaway for the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Why not travel in the president’s footsteps when it comes to food? Hawaii has some great restaurants, and like the locals, President Obama knows them well. No matter how you feel about his politics, his food choices couldn’t be more spot-on.

In the coming two or three years, Big Apple-bound travelers are going to find more options than ever when it comes time to make a hotel reservation. A recent report from hotel consulting firm Lodging Econometrics, first published in Crain’s New York Business, shows that New York hotels are in the midst of a major development boom — in fact, the city that never sleeps has become the fastest-growing in the nation in terms of new development.

Fed up with airport food? Check out these 5 great restaurants that serve great local cuisine, right inside the terminal.

Courtyard by Marriott is one of the latest hotel chains to revamp its lobbies to reflect today’s travel lifestyle. Here’s what to expect when you check in.

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Unless you’re a member of the British royal family. Prince Harry recently gave us a stellar model on how to vacation like royalty in some fabulous Las Vegas hotels.

I get hungry just thinking about the Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival. The affair — to be feted from March 15 to 18 — boasts a host of celebrity chefs, many from Mexico, but the chef de resistance is Ferran Adria of (now shuttered) El Bulli restaurant fame. Ticketed festival guests will enjoy an eight-course molecular gastronomy dinner cooked in his honor by chefs from Mexico who studied under his tutelage

Cozumel’s mayor, Aurelio Joaquín González, has announced that its downtown seafront area will soon have free Wi-Fi Internet service for locals and visitors. In fact, Telmex is already hard at work on infrastructure, getting the technology in place to be ready by year’s end.

Negotiating the congested streets of a busy city can be a stressful part of any trip. But increasingly, the most efficient way to get around town may also be the most relaxing, thanks to an ever-expanding array of eco-friendly transportation options in major cities throughout North America.

With the High Museum of Art’s “Picasso to Warhol” exhibit showcasing more than 100 world-famous works of art through April 29, 2012, it’s time to make a modernist-inspired weekend trip to Atlanta.

Every year in Hawaii, the arrival of the “Christmas Tree Ship” – a freighter carrying the first load of yuletide trees to the islands – marks the unofficial start of the holiday season. And while some people prefer staying home for the holidays, merry travelers ensconced in Honolulu hotels seem to get into the spirit just fine.

Bahamas sailing competitions occur in plenty, and there are umpteen gatherings to watch for this time of year. Whether you’re into sailing yourself or simply appreciate the look of vessels as they bobble at sea, there’s no better time to book your Bahamas vacation.

Denver, city of the arts. If that phrase doesn’t ring true, you haven’t seen the new Clyfford Still Museum, opened on Nov. 18 2011 in Denver’s growing Cultural Arts District.