A Fine Place to Crash

Hostels generally fall on the lowest rung of places to sleep outside the home - after hotels, motels and even camping – but that’s not the case for this one-of-a-kind retreat in the mountains of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Opened in 2011, The Crash Pad has many of the traditional features of a hostel, such as bunk beds, communal eating areas, and affordability, but was also designed with charm, cleanliness, and sustainability in mind. The Crash Pad is geared toward adventurous travelers and one of only four properties in Chattanooga with LEED Platinum Certification (and [... more]

South Beach Suites

The Vintro Hotel and Kitchen is opening soon! Located just two blocks from the breathtaking beaches and cultural district of Miami, the hotel will be the perfect accommodation if you’re looking to experience South Beach at its finest. This new boutique hotel will provide all of the luxuries that one could desire while connecting its guests with the unique, cultural flare that defines Miami. Each room is specifically designed to accentuate the visual styles of its Florida host city. For the cuisine lover, the Vintro Hotel and [... more]

Pillars of Paradise

Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway and just a block from the Atlantic Ocean, The Pillars Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, proves once again the importance of location, location, location. With stunning waterfront views and lush landscaping, the luxurious retreat is a refreshing alternative to the neon-tinged hotels that populate the area’s strip. The Pillars’ interiors reflect British Colonial and Caribbean influences, with dark woods and cheerful colors throughout. Winner of Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards in 2013, the top-notch hotel offers a beautiful swimming pool, indoor and [... more]

Grand Accommodations

For three years, the hit HBO series Game of Thrones has thrilled our imaginations with grandiose sitting rooms complete with blazing, stone fireplaces and medieval furniture fit for a time when the sword spoke more loudly than the pen. We might not be able to get you an encounter with your favorite characters (like the beautiful John Snow), but the Grand Bohemian Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina, will make you feel as if you are among medieval kings. Designed as a rustic beauty, this hotel stands as [... more]

Fore the Family

Many believe that golf is one of the best skills a business professional can develop; however, getting out of the house to spend time on the golf course can take some finesse. Try this approach: While you work on your game out on the course, bring the entire family along for a stay at the luxurious Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham, Alabama. You won’t hear any complaints from the spouse or kids because everyone will be too busy planning their day at [... more]

An Artful Night’s Sleep

Want the breathtaking contemporary artwork found in a museum conveniently right outside your hotel room door? Then book a stay at 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, Arkansas. Featuring amazing modern works just like the original 21C hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, this exciting property showcases emerging talents as well as acclaimed international artists, such as Bill Viola, Sam Taylor-Wood, David Levinthal, Judy Fox, and Yinka Shonibare. The boutique hotel sits just one mile from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, but there’s really no need to visit [... more]

Romantic Escape in Austin

Once one of Austin, Texas’ landmark estates, Hotel Ella has returned to its former glory thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation completed in late 2013. While its Greek Revival exterior reflects the past with stately columns and crown molding, the hotel’s modern décor brings the century-old structure into the 21st century. Formerly the Goodall Wooten House, this historic mansion also boasts an impressive collection of 19th-century art and artifacts not to be missed. Explore impressive sculptures by Barbara Segal and Charles Umlauf, or linger over the iconic photographs [... more]

Family-Friendly Virginia Escape

After a long winter, your family needs some well-deserved fun. Of course, the ideal vacation includes 5-star accommodations at a resort the entire family will love. Check. But you don’t want to blow your budget. Check, check. The Spring Fever package at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Virginia, promises big fun on a limited budget. Get two nights of lodging for a family of four complete with tickets to Busch Gardens. To sweeten this already fantastic deal, enjoy daily breakfast in the Bray Dining Room, complimentary transportation to [... more]

French Quarter Oasis

Known for its vibrant nightlife, the French Quarter provides close proximity to some of New Orleans’ best restaurants, art galleries, and shopping boutiques. If you want accommodations steps from the pulse of this vivacious city—along with four-star amenities, a made-to-order cocktail upon arrival, and an eager-to-please staff—then look no further than Hotel Le Marais. The classic yet trendy boutique hotel nestled in the heart of the historic French Quarter offers a traditional setting updated with modern luxuries. Stop by the colorful bar for happy hour specials on [... more]

Art Beyond the District

Dallas, Texas, boasts the largest arts district in the country. Who knew? If on your next visit to the Big D you stay at the Joule Hotel, all of this creative wealth will be within easy walking distance. The sleek and modern Joule shows off its own artistic richness with a recently renovated rooftop terrace, a luxurious subterranean spa, and its impressive collection of original artwork from such notables as Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Adam Fuss, and Richard Phillips. On second thought, postpone your walk to the [... more]

Luxury in North Georgia

If you love wine like we do, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a trip to Château Élan, the largest winery in Georgia. It doesn’t hurt that the property features a picturesque four-star inn, a golf club with three 18-hole courses, and day and overnight spa facilities. You can also tour the nearby vineyards, where they grow an assortment of grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Muscadine. Afterward, revitalize and relax with a glass of your favorite red and a much-needed massage.

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, Georgia, served as an exclusive destination for wealthy families whose names still grab headlines, such as the Rockefellers, Morgans (as in J.P.), Goodyears, and more. Since money and power go hand in hand, many milestones in American history took place here—the think tank meetings for the creation of the Federal Reserve and the first transcontinental phone call, for example. Lucky for us modern-day folks, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is now open to the public and has kept its old-world charm and pristine landscape. To [... more]

Florida’s Indoor Treasure

Imagine all the natural beauty of Florida packed inside one vast resort. Visit the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, to see the stunning environments of the Everglades, St. Augustine, and Key West in three separate atriums. Outside, the resort offers an extensive water park for kids and an adult-only pool for those seeking a more relaxed escape. Dining options abound, and special events—such as a Shrek-themed feast—provide distinctive culinary experiences for the whole family. Though located just a few miles from popular theme [... more]

Beachside Bliss in South Carolina

Kiawah Island Golf Resort—Charleston’s upscale vacation experience—may very well be one of those one-size-fits-all kinds of vacation. While the villas and condos feature family-friendly amenities such as multiple swimming pools, direct beach access, self-catering facilities, and nearby Lowcountry oyster roasts during the summer months, the resort’s Sanctuary Hotel also makes a great, intimate escape for couples, groups of friends, or even eco-travelers. (The barrier island is a hotbed for sea turtles, deer, and various species of birds, and I spied several species of wildlife from the balcony [... more]

Destination Relaxation

Texas claims to be bigger and better than anywhere else, and one local spa can back that claim up with confidence. Fodor’s Travel recently named Lake Austin Spa Resort the top fitness and wellness resort for 2014. To celebrate, the spa wants to extend your trip for a well-deserved weekend of rest and relaxation. Book a two-night Ultimate Package by March 28 for stays through December 31 and receive an additional night free. Need another excuse to pamper yourself? Arrive on Sunday, and you get two additional [... more]

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