Friday, November 16, 2018

Kissimmee’s Newly Refurbished ‘Old Town’ Announces its Grand Re-Opening in April 2019

The Travel Corporation (TTC) is thrilled to announce that after two years of renovation and expansion, Old Town, Kissimmee’s beloved family fun destination, is having its grand re-opening on April 6, 2019.

For more than 30 years Old Town has charmed visitors with its collection of over 70 one-of-a-kind shops, themed restaurants, rides, musical acts, games and weekly car cruises. Recreating the historical architecture and distinctive storefronts of a classic small Florida town, this walkable 18-acre property lets visitors step back into a time when things were easier and simpler, and the pace a little slower.

With the multi-million-dollar renovation and expansion, Old Town is bigger and better while proudly offering a more authentic, all-American experience than ever before, reflecting The Travel Corporation’s core philosophy of “making travel matter.”

“This refurbishment has solidified Old Town’s reputation as one of central Florida’s most popular ‘must-visit’ attractions,” said Brett Tollman, chief executive of TTC. "We are excited that Old Town has embarked on a new era in its history and welcome both locals and tourists to rediscover its simple pleasures and classic American fun.”

12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space have been added to the property, including a range of new shops and three new dining options. The original area of the complex has also been completely refreshed and renovated, with a new 86-foot Ferris wheel imported from Italy as the centerpiece, while Old Town’s musical acts and live entertainment options have been upgraded and expanded.

Old Town’s perennially popular car show and car cruises will continue as usual every Friday and Saturday night. During these events, pre-1975 hot rods, street rods, and antique vehicles parade down the brick-paved streets of Old Town. The Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise, the longest-running weekly car show and cruise in America, celebrates 28 years in 2018.

“TTC’s commitment to restoring this iconic Orlando-area attraction is reinventing the Kissimmee landscape,” said Thearon Scurlock, vice president and general manager of Old Town. “We are dedicated to preserving and restoring a classic venue while giving locals and visitors an entirely new experience built on years of tradition.”
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Downtown Chicago’s Hotel EMC2 Celebrates The Holiday Shopping Season With “The Art Of Shopping” Package

An unforgettable shopping experience this holiday season. Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection, 228 E. Ontario, a boutique hotel celebrating the convergence of art and science, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s premier shopping, dining, and attractions, is elated to offer the The Art of Shopping package. Guests seeking the ultimate holiday getaway will enjoy the hotel’s proximity to the Magnificent Mile, a $50 Visa gift card, Grab and Go Breakfast, and a customized portrait from the hotel’s resident artist Jonathan Plotkin.

The Art of Shopping package includes premier overnight accommodations in one of the hotel’s 195 beautifully designed rooms. Before starting a full day of retail therapy, guests can enjoy a complimentary Grab and Go breakfast at the property’s contemporary restaurant, the Albert featuring delicious baked pastries, fresh fruit, and a warm cup of coffee or tea. Those who book this package will receive a $50 Visa gift card upon arrival, perfect to check off those last minute gift purchases. Lastly, in conjunction with the hotel’s celebration of art, visitors can take home a customized printed portrait from the hotel’s featured local artist, Jonathan Plotkin, whose captivating artwork is displayed throughout the lobby, restaurant and guestroom floors. Rates for this package start at $219 per night. 


For more information or to make a reservation, please visit hotelemc2.com/special-offers/ or call 1-800-228-9290. Offer is valid through March 31, 2019.  
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park Offers Guests Scrumptiously Sweet Holiday Spa Packages through February 2019

mySpa at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is warming the hearts of guests and inspiring holiday cheer with new holiday packages for travelers and locals, alike. Specially-designed by skilled estheticians, guests may stop by the hotel to soak up top-of-the-line spa treatments from cinnamon vanilla brown sugar body scrubs and Tahitian vanilla body moisturizing services to cinnamon honey manicures and pedicures, featured in their extended experience, customizable and scrumptiously sweet packages available through February 28, 2019.

mySpa’s holiday spa packages include:

·         smitten for sweets – Through February 28, 2019
Unwind with spa specials perfect for winter including a 50-minute Cinnamon Vanilla Brown Sugar Body Scrub treatment starting at $125, which allows guests to embrace the scents of fall and winter with an aromatic scrub meant to deeply moisturize and exfoliate your body. Following the scrub, guests will enjoy a full body massage with a lavish Tahitian Vanilla After Bath Body Moisturizer, leaving skin feeling beautifully polished and hydrated. The seasonal myHands & Feet Cinnamon Vanilla Manicure and Pedicure introduce guests to notes of cinnamon and honey as the blend with tiny bits of brown sugar is used to enrich the skin with nutrients and hydration, followed by a classic manicure and pedicure for $110 or just the manicure for $55 and the pedicure for $75 plus tax and fees.
·         Luxury for Longer – Through December 31, 2018
To get every moment of relaxation, Illinois residents are invited to come in from the cold and choose their moment with a complimentary treatment upgrade to an 80-minute spa experience with the booking of any full-priced 50-minute service. The Luxury for Longer package may not be combined with any other offer and not applicable to groups and is subject to availability.
·         myAwakening – Through February 28, 2019
For those looking for solace from the change of seasons and often harsh Chicago climate, the myAwakening Package invites guests to customize their mySpa experience with two or three services, for $200 and $300, respectively. mySpa guests may choose from treatments in the five categories myBody, myMassage, mySkincare and myHands & Feet. Treatments include including the Rituals Seasonal Body Treatment, Tropical Refresh, Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, AromaHarmony Massage, Head, Hands and Feet Massage, Signature Facial, Rejuvenating Infusion and the Journey Manicure and Pedicure combination, giving guests the opportunity to get the most out of me time.

In addition to the holiday packages, Fairmont Chicago’s mySpa is offering 20 percent off retail items with the purchase of a $50 gift certificate, so guests can spread cheer all season long by giving the gift of indulgence and relaxation to their family or friends.

Just steps from the glittering, festive downtown nightlife, shopping and dining, mySpa, an 11,000 square foot urban sanctuary, offers personalized massage, skincare body treatments, manicure, pedicure and couples experiences, a 24-hour fitness studio and retail area featuring exclusive products from Red Flower, True and Spa Ritual. The extensive range of massage, skin care, body care and nail therapies cater to each guest’s unique needs, offering individualized solutions for a personalized spa experience.

More information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park or to book your treatment at mySpa, please visit https://www.fairmont.com/chicago/spa/specials/ or call (312) 946-8945.


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Monday, October 1, 2018

Rosemont's First Boutique Hotel, The Rose Hotel, Announces Official Opening in November

Where classy meets edgy. Rosemont’s first boutique hotel, The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, 5200 Pearl Street, an ultra-modern, chic and stylish hotel, will officially open its doors this November. The hotel boasts the closest off-airport proximity to O’Hare International Airport, and offers an exceptional, upscale experience by providing highly personalized service and the finest amenities. The Rose Hotel will be a quintessential destination for both Chicagoland residents and visitors alike to enjoy. This art-inspired hotel is committed to creating an atmosphere of collaboration and strong connections that enriches guests’ lives through art.

An oasis of luxury standing five stories high, the hotel features 165 stylish guest rooms and suites, all curated through the contributions of DLR, Getty’s Group, and Janko Group. Visually stimulating art, thoughtfully woven throughout the design of each room, creates an elegant and innovative ambiance. Each guest room is equipped with all down alternative bedding, triple-pane windows to eliminate airplane noise and a pillow menu, offering a personalized sleep experience. Single rooms include a king size bed, and each double room comes complete with two queen size beds.

“The Rose Hotel will provide a truly unique experience that inspires creativity and artistic expression for all guests,” says Micaela Haas, General Manager of The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton. “We plan on setting the bar for boutique hospitality across the country. We could not be more excited to officially open this November.”

Catering to a wide range of guests from leisure to business, The Rose Hotel boasts 6,000 sq. ft. of high technology meeting space, including pre-function areas, an intimate outdoor patio, and eight dynamic meeting venues. Each venue, named after a different species of rose, varies from small meeting breakout spaces to two ballrooms. The pre-function area’s open space plays host to a light changing umbrella installation suspended from the ceiling, adding yet another visual element to this unique, art-inspired hotel.

Those looking to grab a bite to eat while staying on property can take advantage of The Rose Hotel’s contemporary first floor bar and restaurant complete with modern art and a comprehensive menu of delectable small plates and handcrafted drinks. Additionally, the property will operate a 24-hour market with locally-inspired “grab ‘n go” options, as well as a 16-seat private dining area for special occasions and events.

The Rose Hotel Chicago/O’Hare, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is located in Rosemont’s recently developed Pearl District and just steps away from Impact Field, Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, and the Rosemont Theatre. As the closest off-airport hotel to O’Hare International Airport and just a short drive from Allstate Arena, The Rose Hotel is conveniently situated right outside the city of Chicago, as well as around some of the Chicagoland area’s top entertainment, shopping, and dining destinations.

For more information on The Rose Hotel, please visit www.tapestrycollection3.hilton.com/tc/the-rose-chicago/.
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Friday, September 14, 2018

Tres Sirenas Re-Opens in Puerto Rico

Tres Sirenas, the premier Caribbean boutique hotel, is proud to announce the re-opening of its stylish and sophisticated property located oceanfront in Rincon, Puerto Rico following 10 months of closure due to Hurricane Maria.

This intimate award winning hotel is a stand out in Puerto Rico and designed with privacy and comfort in mind. The location is what really sets the hotel apart with spectacular views of the ocean and the glorious Rincon sunsets. At Tres Sirenas, guests can unwind in style and get back to nature, without leaving the comfort of their surroundings.  
The elegant Spanish Colonial hotel offers five exclusive accommodations, all with exquisite panoramic ocean views and private verandas. Each guest room is uniquely decorated in a coastal, bohemian style, and are equipped to meet the needs of the discerning traveler - with complimentary WiFi, AC, LED flat screen TV, mini fridge, coffee maker and microwave. This is further enhanced by deluxe toiletries in all bathrooms. The Seaview Suite and Penthouse are equipped with full kitchens and master bathrooms. All guests enjoy a top-rated gourmet vegetarian breakfast which incorporates the best of Rincon’s local products and is included with each stay. The accommodations combine modern comfort in a tropical boutique hotel environment. The spacious outdoor common areas offer ample space and privacy with pool, beach front cabana beds and a newly constructed yoga deck which are surrounded by lush tropical gardens, palm trees and a majestic almond tree that anchors the property. Tres Sirenas is excited to begin offering Jivamukti Yoga classes to their guests, as well as the extended Rincon community. In addition, guests can also experience the “Siren” inspired boutique, La Vida Sirena, all conveniently situated on the property which is within walking distance to town, restaurants, water sports and the best of what this beautiful town has to offer.

Rincon, Puerto Rico is renowned for its surfing beaches, peaceful, easy going lifestyle and yoga community. It has rebounded 100% after Hurricane Maria and it is easily accessible via a direct flight from JFK & Newark airports to Aguadilla, which is a short 40 minute drive to this exclusive oceanfront property.

Behind the re-design of Tres Sirenas are two accomplished women, founder Lisa Masters and partner Wanda Acosta, ex-New Yorkers and beach life enthusiasts. Besides, being a successful inn keeper, Lisa is also an accomplished Jivamukti Yoga instructor and fine artist. Wanda is a visual artist and a veteran in the hospitality industry in NYC.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Mexico City Bed and Breakfast Adds 'Worry Dolls' to Turndown Service

La Palomilla Bed and Breakfast in Mexico City wants guests to leave their worries behind – at least for the night. The boutique bed and breakfast is tucking in traditional Mexican "Worry Dolls’ among pillowtops as part of its turndown service, starting this September.

“We strive to provide a truly authentic and care-free experience,” said Alessandra Pérez-Cirera, owner/innkeeper of La Palomilla in Roma Norte, one of the hippest and safest neighborhoods in the City. “These little muñequitas leave a big impression. You whisper your worries to them at night, as you would a confidant, and you sleep better knowing they’ll work while you rest to ease your troubles.”

The Worry Dolls measure about an inch and are made locally using wool and colorful textile leftovers. The dolls are then dressed in a traditional Mayan style wardrobe. The new dolls are an organic addition to the B&B, which features many vibrant works of art by local artisans and prides itself on sourcing locally-made goods, amenities, and foods. Each guest receives a doll from a trio of dolls during their stay. Guests are encouraged to take their dolls home as a memento and for ongoing stress-relief.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

The Evolution of Brick Farm Tavern

Established in 2015 as the region’s finest fulfillment of the promise of refined farm-to-table dining, Brick Farm Tavern has continued its progression to realize the pledge to support the native fresh food community. The Tavern sources meat from its own Double Brook Farm in Hopewell Valley as well as fruits, vegetables, grains, flours, dairy and edibles from local farming partners, and, finally, seafood from Local 130 Seafood.
A new Managing Partner has joined the ownership team of Brick Farm, and he brings a lifetime dedicated to fresh food with him. Richard Moskovitz, most recently a Regional Director Of Operations for Starr Catering Group, brings over 25 years of culinary expertise in various dining environments, including cultural centers such as the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; New York Botanical Gardens; and Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, New Jersey. Richard also has extensive experience as an Executive Chef, including Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C., one of the country’s first farm-to-table enterprises. 
“Authentic farm-to-table dining is an art that few establishments project as well as Brick Farm, and I’m proud to join the group of dedicated individuals who are simply the best in the industry,” says Moskovitz. Moskovitz’s priorities to bring Brick Farm to the next level of excellence began with a new Executive Chef, the addition of more accessible menu options, a bocce court to keep the atmosphere festive, happy hours and much more. An emphasis on private events is also on Mr. Moskovitz’ s strategy to further elevate Brick Farm’s position as the "go-to" culinary setting in the region.
The new Executive Chef is Max Hosey, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Burlington, Vermont. Max also brings many years of excellence in culinary experience, including pursuits at Town Hall in San Francisco, California; Manrasa Restaurant (Three Michelin Star Restaurant) in Los Gatos, California; Michael Mina Restaurant (Two Michelin Star Restaurant) in San Francisco, California; an international chapter at the prestigious Ivy Restaurant in London, England; and Patrick Guilbaud (Two Michelin Star Restaurant) in Dublin, Ireland.  
Coupled with the existing beverage program featuring curated wines, local craft beers and artisanal spirits, which are reflected in the seasonal cocktail menu, the restaurant has the unique distinction of having beer from on-premises brewer, Troon Brewing, as well as spirits from on-premises distillery, Sourland Mountain Spirits.

To learn more about Brick Farm Tavern, please visit http://www.brickfarmtavern.com.
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