Monday, June 22, 2009

Best Summer Music Fests

Some of us love to hit up music festivals, but who wants to be stuck in a stuffy tent all weekend long? While you plan on attending some of the best festivals in the United States this summer, why not balance the grimy, good-music moments with some spa time before and after the event? It's the perfect balance of luxury with unforgettable memories in American fields and theatres--and you can pick the East and West coast for your upcoming vacation in the music world.

Liberty State Park, New Jersey
The Manhattan skyline is plain ol' gorgeous as you check out this three-day festival in New Jersey, and in order to streamline the lines and crowds, there's regular ferry service available for ticket holders. Rumor has it that this epic festival will boast new beer gardens in the crowd, but you should definitely get there early--last year, the crowd was capped at 5,000 people. Before you head over to the festival, have a good night's sleep to recharge at The Alex Hotel, which is located in mid-town Manhattan. Lather up with complimentary Frderic Fekkai bathroom amenities before you hit the crowd, study the line-up on their blindingly fast internet, and be sure to raid the mini bar for supplies before you catch your ferry to the festival location.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, San Francisco
The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival attracts a star-studded crowd of performers who perform in that San Fran mist, including Beastie Boys, Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Black Eyed Peas, Thievery Corporation, M.I.A., The Mars Volta, Modest Mouse, and Band of Horses. After watching performers on what has been called the "perfect stage," head to the St. Regis Hotel, which is right next door to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and across the street from the Yerba Buena Gardens. Enjoy the vibrant community before catching another show at the Music and Arts Festival in town.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana
Get ready for an explosion of tastes along with your music: fans say that this festival features some of the most impression food and culture fusions for a U.S. festival. Sit and soak up the jazz as you feast on soft-shell crab, crawfish, gumbo, pralines, and sweet orange iced tea. Where to stay when you retire for the night? The Windsor Court Hotel in the central business district of New Orleans is only one block from the historic French Quarter and two blocks from Bourbon Street. Staying in one of Conde Nast's Top 100 hotels means that you'll find fresh fruit at the gym, a sauna nearby, a polo club lounge stuffed with assorted tipples, and a 75-foot rooftop pool (plus more excellent food). You even get Exclusive Complimentary Perks through!

Have fun at your music festival of choice, whether you choose to hang by the French Quarter, relax in the mist, or take the ferry and brave the crowds.

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